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January 31st, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Memories: Gingrich vows to keep going even in the event of a humiliating loss tonight and GOP insiders remember his history of scorched earth tactics.

– Real Time Assessments: Romney has decided that he is willing to defend his much aligned tax strategy, revealing that his campaign may be more out of touch than originally believed.

РPredictions: Colorado’s top power brokering Latinas are leading a gathering on March 2nd to put muscle behind a state bill that would allow undocumented students access to in-state tuition fees Рand the smart money is behind them.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– We know Mitt Romney will win tonight. Polls are too consistent. The margin of victory is the question. Right now, he is averaging ten to twelve points ahead. If less than that, we need to wonder about two things: (1) Did Newt and his super PAC spring up a ground game quickly? or (2) with 1/6 of Florida's vote coming in early and the bulk of that right after South Carolina, does a close race mean Newt did have momentum that impacted the outcome?

– Karen Handel lost to Nathan Deal in the 2010 Republican Gubernatorial Primary runoff. She was harshly attacked in the runoff as being a closeted abortion proponent despite being pro-life. After losing, she went to work for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which today announced it would stop funding Planned Parenthood. Coincidence?

– Conventional wisdom has finally caught up with me. On JKUSA a couple of weeks ago, I noted that evangelicals probably would move from Santorum to Romney, as polls suggested at the time – not to Gingrich. Today, a Marist poll shows that probably would happen. We're just now starting to see evangelicals reacting to the Gingrich marital issues highlighted by the ABC News report. Keep an eye on the Florida Panhandle tonight to see how Florida evangelicals break.

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January 31st, 2012
02:37 PM ET

Florida: winner takes all

CNN's John King uses the Magic Wall to explain the numbers behind tonight's Florida GOP primary. There are 50 delegates on the line in this Southern state. Which candidate do YOU expect to win tonight? Post your comments here and tune in TONIGHT to a special edition of John King, USA at 6pm ET.


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