An ex-congressman is running for president, Chris Christie is campaigning, Jeb Bush is endorsing and Newt Gingrich’s bus is breaking down.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Former Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) is running for president as a third-party candidate, apparently on the Constitution Party ticket. Goode has already been a Democrat, an independent and a Republican, so what’s one more?
* Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) will not run for governor when Gov. Bev Perdue (D) retires. He said in a statement that the state needed a governor who would fight the Republican “assault on education,” while his focus in the House has been the economy. Miller is leaving Congress after being drawn into the same district as another Democrat. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former Rep. Bob Etheridge, and state Rep. Bill Faison are all in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s bus broke down in West Hollywood today, stranded half in a lane of traffic for hours. That’s not a metaphor, it’s just a thing that happened.
* CNN’s March 1st Georgia debate has been canceled, after every candidate save Gingrich decided to drop out. It would have been the final debate before Super Tuesday. A March 19th debate in Oregon is still in the works.
* The 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan that Romney drives in his latest Michigan ad is actually assembled in Canada. The Made in the USA Foundation actually filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over this car, arguing that Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” campaign was false advertising. The Chrysler 200 sedan is made in Michigan.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Despite the backlash over his China-centric ad, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) still has a commanding lead in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in a Detroit News poll. Hoekstra tops the poll at 50.2 percent, compared to 4.8 percent for charter school founder Clark Durant. Most respondents had never heard of Durant, while Hoekstra has made a favorable impression on 50 percent of respondents.
* The Democratic polling firm Democracy Corps finds that President Obama’s recent poll upswing is attributable in part to increasing support from unmarried women. He now leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 65 percent to 30 percent with that demographic, an 18-point swing from November.
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has endorsed state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, making his first campaign appearance for the Senate candidate. Kyrillos, a friend of Christie’s, is campaigning for the seat held by Sen. Bob Menendez (R).
* A pollster for former Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon finds the Republican with a 30-point lead over former state House Speaker Kirk Adams in the primary for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Flake is running for Senate.
* Former state Rep. Adam Hasner (R) has gotten the backing of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his 22nd district House race. Hasner was running for Senate; he switched to the seat currently held by Rep. Allen West (R) when the tea party firebrand decided to change districts. Bush’s endorsement makes it hard to imagine any other candidate winning the GOP primary.
THE FIX MIX:
With Aaron Blake