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Florida GOP giving Rick Scott some help

at 06:05 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Rick Scott gets some help, everyone piles on Mitt Romney, and one Illinois race still hasn’t been called.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* The Florida Republican Party is helping out Gov. Rick Scott (R) with a television ad praising the governor’s accomplishments with fake newspaper headlines. Scott’s numbers have been improving, but he’s still broadly unpopular in the state.

* Both former House speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum managed to find Etch-a-Sketches and bring them out on the campaign trail today after an aide to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told CNN that the campaign would “reset” after the primary: “It’s almost like an Etch-a-Sketch – you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.” Democrats also seized on the comment. Romney himself addressed the story in the late afternoon, saying, “A general election campaign takes on a different profile. The issues I'm running on will be exactly the same. ... I'm running as a conservative Republican.”

* There's still one race outstanding from Tuesday night: the Democratic primary to face Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.). The latest results show emergency room doctor David Gill leading prosecutor Matt Goetten by 137 votes out of more than 30,000 cast. Gill has declared victory, but Goetten, who was endorsed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), isn't conceding. "Washington might tell us that our voices don’t matter, but this campaign is about fixing Congress, and that’s why every vote must be counted,” Goetten said in a statement. Johnson's district got more competitive under a Democratic redistricting plan.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The Arizona AFL-CIO has endorsed former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) in what could be a competitive Senate primary against former state party chair Don Bivens.

* The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has elevated three candidates for Nevada’s new Democratic-leaning 4th district to “On the Radar” status. Barbara Cegavske (NV-04), Dan Schwartz (NV-04), and Danny Tarkanian (NV-04) are now at the second of four benchmarks for becoming part of the “Young Guns” program to boost promising candidates.

* Former New Hampshire House candidate Jennifer Horn has endorsed Kevin Smith in the state’s GOP gubernatorial primary. Horn, also a Romney supporter, lost to Democrat Paul Hodes in 2008.

* Bev Slough, chairman of the St. Johns County School Board, might join the crowded Republican primary for Florida’s 6th district, a source says. Former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller and Iraq veteran Ron DeSantis are already in the race for the GOP-leaning new seat.

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