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Rick Santorum not sure he can win Wisconsin

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Santorum has doubts, Romney isn’t paying attention to what he says, Lugar and Tester are both on the air and Herman Cain is back (with rabbits).

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* In a sitdown with reporters Monday, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum expressed doubts about his ability to win the upcoming Wisconsin primary.  “I don't think we can win in Wisconsin, but I think we can do very well in Wisconsin,” he said. Asked to elaborate, he changed course, saying,  “I'm not sure that we can win Wisconsin, obviously being outspent, but let me pull that back. I do think we can win Wisconsin. ... It won't be easy, but I think we can pull it off.” A pro-Santorum super PAC is going on the air in the Badger state Tuesday; the primary is April 3.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is ignoring Santorum. "I'm not going to worry much about what Rick is saying these days,” the former Massachusetts governor told CNN in response to his rival’s health-care jabs. Romney also revealed that he saw “The Hunger Games” this weekend and has read all the books.

* Santorum says he would consider being Romney’s running mate if asked.  "Of course,” he told Christian Broadcasting Network. “I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can. I'm doing everything I can.”

* An internal poll from Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) shows him down seven points in a member-vs-member primary with Rep. Jason Altmire. But Altimire, who represents more of the new GOP-leaning district, has his own recent polling showing Critz down 24 points. The state AFL-CIO just endorsed Critz, who has been racking up labor support.

* Ohio Art Co. is still milking the Etch-A-Sketch’s newfound political relevance for its worth. Company president Larry Killgallon told Bloomberg TV that “we’re talking about creating T-shirts and the kind of things we could bring to the convention” and hope the non-Romney campaigns will “get in on it.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is out with his first ad of the cycle, a positive spot highlighting his everyman-image. In the ad, Tester works on his farm, declaring that "Sitting out here makes the partisanship back there seem pretty ridiculous.” Tester has been hit hard by the pro-GOP super PAC Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

* Army Reservist Ric Killian just got a bit of a boost in the crowded GOP primary for North Carolina’s 9th district — the endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Killian, who recently returned from a six month tour in Afghanistan, chaired North Carolina Veterans for McCain in 2008. Rep. Sue Myrick (R) is retiring from the seat.

* Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has endorsed Romney, along with American Conservative Union President Al Cardenas — another sign of conservative opposition to Romney softening. In a statement, Lee said Romney is “our nominee” and “the time has come” for Republicans to rally around him. He was the last member of Utah’s congressional delegation to back Romney. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also backed Romney.

* Embattled Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is out with his own ad touting his opposition to “Obamacare.” In the ad, he says he moved to challenge the law in court before it even passed and voted against it 32 times. According to National Journal, it’s a $110,000 buy. The conservative Club for Growth is currently on the air attacking Lugar for voting to raise taxes.

* Former presidential candidate Herman Cain will campaign with Jack Hoogendyk, a primary challenger to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), on April 5th. He’s also out with an odd new anti-stimulus video in which a rabbit (representing “small business”) is shot mid-air. The video was briefly taken off YouTube but has been reinstated.

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