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Gary Bauer: Rally around Rick Santorum

at 05:31 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Steelman has a new ad, Gary Bauer wants everyone to back Santorum, there’s a new Senate candidate in Wisconsin and Democratic polling suggests the Blunt Amendment costs votes.

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FIRST ON THE FIX:

* Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman is out with a new ad on the Keystone Pipeline, the same day a bill to expedite the pipeline failed in the Senate. “Tired of high gas prices? Me too,” Steelman says, “Let’s build the Keystone Pipeline now.” Steelman is vying to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who voted with Senate Republicans to eliminate the federal approval requirement for the pipeline.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Conservative activist Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families is urging former House speaker Newt Gingrich to drop out, pointing to his own poll of 200,000 conservatives. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed want to unify around a candidate, and of those 82 percent support former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. Bauer endorsed Santorum in January.

* A super PAC supporting Santorum is going on the air in Alabama and Mississippi, two states Gingrich has declared he must win to stay in the race. The Red White & Blue Fund earlier this week pressured Gingrich to drop out.

* Days after staying he would stick it out, Chuck Hassebrook withdrew from the Nebraska Democratic Senate primary and endorsed former Sen. Bob Kerrey. He said he “came to the realization I would not succeed.”

* There’s a new GOP Senate candidate in Wisconsin. Hedge fund manager Eric Hovde joins state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, former Rep. Mark Neumann, and former governor Tommy Thompson in running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D). Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) is the only Democratic candidate.

* Former presidential candidate Herman Cain has endorsed Brian Hill, a longshot Senate candidate in Connecticut. A veteran and former JAG attorney, Hill is the only African-American candidate in the GOP field, which includes former Rep. Chris Shays and former WWE executive Linda McMahon.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner did a survey in battleground Senate states for EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood, finding that 60 percent of voters oppose the Blunt Amendment and 48 percent would be less likely to support a candidate who backed it.

* Facing a tough primary with Rep. Hansen Clarke for Michigan’s new 14th district, Rep. Gary Peters (D) is racking up more labor endorsements, this time from the Michigan Education Association and AFSCME. He also has the support of the Machinists, United Steelworkers District 2, Utility Workers Union of America, UAW, SEIU and Teamsters, to name a few. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former state Rep. Mary Waters are also in the Aug. 7th primary.

*  The Blue Dog Coalition PAC has endorsed Hayden Rogers, Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s chief of staff, to replace his boss in North Carolina’s 11th district. Seven of the 26 Blue Dogs left in the House are retiring or have retired, so they need all the fresh blood they can get.

* Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has chosen Brigadier General John E. Walsh, the state adjutant general and National Guard commander, as his running mate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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