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Rick Santorum: I may have won Iowa

at 05:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Rick Santorum may have won Iowa, James Dobson called Callista Gingrich a “mistress of eight years,” Obama will speak in Bank of America stadium and a competitive House race might be shaping up in Portland of all place.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Did former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney really win Iowa by eight votes? We’ll know by Friday. Official reports are due from each precinct tomorrow night, and the state party is planning to make an announcement by the end of the week. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is voicing hope that he may have actually eked out a win. “What better time to get a little bump in winning Iowa,” he told Fox News Tuesday. But the results may be incomplete due to missing ballots, and there is no recount procedure in Iowa.

* At a meeting of evangelical leaders in Texas last weekend, James Dobson described Callista Gingrich as a “mistress of eight years” and asked social conservatives whether they would want the third wife of former House speaker Newt Gingrich as their first lady. Dobson praised Karen Santorum as “just lovely.”

* Some exciting Democratic National Convention programming notes (yes, really): the Charlotte convention is being shortened from four days to three to make room for an organizing day. The final night’s events will be held at Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers) — a somewhat awkward venue for President Obama given Democratic criticism of the banking industry.

* Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) raised over $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 for her reelection campaign and has $5.9 million on hand, according to the campaign. Former Rep. Pete Hoesktra (R) raised $1 million for his campaign against her in the fourth quarter; fellow GOP challenger Clark Durant raised $600,000.

* The Missouri Supreme Court has sent the new Republican-drawn congressional map back to circuit court for further legal review of whether the new 3rd and 5th districts are compact enough to meet constitutional requirements. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) holds the current 3rd district seat, which was basically destroyed under the GOP plan — he backed the lawsuit against it.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg (D) raised a little over $1.7 million in 2011 for his gubernatorial campaign. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is term-limited; Rep. Mike Pence (R) is the likely GOP nominee.

* Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D), who served in the Bush administration, has officially entered the open Arizona Senate race. He’s raised $570,000 in six weeks. In response, the campaign of former Arizona Democratic party chairman Don Bivens put out a web ad saying Democrats “can’t support someone who donated to and helped elect Bush and Cheney.”

* A real race in Portland, Oregon? The National Republican Congressional Committee is buying ad time in the district formerly held by David Wu (D) in advance of the Jan. 31st special election. The buy was made in coordination with Republican Rob Cornilles's campaign; he will face Democrat Suzanne Bonamici in the left-leaning district. (Coordinated buys are generally smaller than independent expenditures.)

* A competitive primary is shaping up in Michigan’s 6th district. Former State Representative Jack Hoogendyk just announced his bid for the seat held by Rep. Fred Upton (R), who has been targeted by the anti-tax Club for Growth. Hoogendyk challenged Upton in 2010 and took 43 percent of the vote despite being vastly outspent.

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