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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Santorum's Turn to Shine -
after winning all three contests yesterday. Unfortunately, for Santorum, no delegates were at stake in Missouri and the other two states are non-binding delegate states. has more here.

The two big losers yesterday were Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) came in a surprising second in Minnesota with 27% and received 10%-12% in the other two states.

An interesting stat pointed out by David Kurtz of is Romney did not win a single county in either Missouri or Minnesota. has their 7 takeaways here. has their 5 Things They Learned here.

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has his winners and losers here.

Interestingly, President Obama has seen his approval rating rise since the Republican nomination process began.


Quinnipiac Poll Shows Obama Winning Virginia -
a crucial swing state that Obama won in 2008. Obama beats all GOP candidates, besting Romney with a narrow 47-43%, 49-41% over Santorum, 47-40% over Paul and crushing Gingrich 52-37%. You can read the full poll results here.


California Circuit Court Halts Proposition 8 -
the ruling by the ninth circuit panel that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional has put the issue of gay marriage in the state on hold, for now. It appears likely an appeal will be filed with the Supreme Court ultimately weighing in on this issue. has more here.


Russia Says Assad will Agree to Dialogue -
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Larov is trying to begin a dialogue with opposition forces, while opposition forces say the only solution is for President Assad to step down. You can read more here.

While, the U.S. actions to date have focused on diplomatic measures, CNN is reporting the U.S. military is beginning reviewing military options in Syria. You can read more here.


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