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Poll shows Santorum leads in Texas

at 05:00 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Santorum leads in Texas Democrats are still without a candidate in Maine as Baldacci passes; Mitt Romney gets some pointers; and Scott Brown latches on to the Red Sox. .

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A new poll of the Texas Republican presidential primary from Wilson Perkins Allen shows Rick Santorum leading Romney 35 percent to 27 percent, with Newt Gingrich in third place at 20 percent. The primary isn’t for another two and a half months, though, so lots can change.

* Former Maine governor John Baldacci (D) has opted against running for the state’s open Senate seat. Baldacci becomes the latest big name Democrat to opt not to run against former governor Angus King (I). Previously, Reps. Mike Michaud (D) and Chellie Pingree (D) said no. It still remains to be seen whether Democrats will embrace King and hope that he caucuses with them.

* Republicans of all stripes are offering Mitt Romney messaging advice in the aftermath of his twin losses in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, CNN’s Peter Hamby reports.

* Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, is up with a new TV ad comparing Lugar to disco music and leisure suits.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is up with a one-minute ad that makes no mention of his reelection campaign, but rather thanks retiring Boston Red Sox players Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek for their careers. “Whatever comes next for these two guys, they are both Hall of Famers in my book and I wish them the same happiness they brought me and every other Red Sox fan,” Brown says in the 60-second ad.

* Speaking of future primaries, Santorum has a double-digit lead in the state where he served as senator. In Pennsylvania, he leads Romney 36 percent to 22 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

* Former senator George LeMieux (R-Fla.) is up with his first statewide radio ad in the Florida Senate race, and it’s a doozy. It labels primary opponent Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) as “the Half Mack” and the “Charlie Sheen of Florida politics,” pointing to Mack’s past run-ins, which include bar fights and road rage.

* A new poll in the primary between Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) shows a tight race. The We Ask America automated poll shows Manzullo at 43 percent and Kinzinger at 42 percent. The pollster previously found Kinzinger up double digits, so Manzullo appears to have the momentum in their primary on Tuesday.

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