(CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour reiterated his pledge to help Republican gubernatorial candidates until very end, telling CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on Monday that he will start to think about a potential 2012 presidential run only after Tuesday's election results come in.
"I've said from the very beginning, I wasn't gonna do anything about anything except governors' races through tomorrow. We can't wait 'til 2012 to start taking our country back," the Republican Governors Association (RGA) chairman said.
The RGA head has been extremely active this election cycle, raising money and campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidates across the country. But Barbour has made no bones about his own future political ambitions.
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It will all be over soon. Which means it will all begin again soon, too, as 2010 voting gives way to 2012 positioning. Touched base with a just shy of a dozen strategists, a pretty even split D and R, for a Monday take and not one sees the Democrats keeping the House. Not one. The consensus GOP pickup was in the ballpark of 50-60, which is to say in the ballpark of 1994. Only one, a very optimistic Republican, predicted the GOP would get to 51 Senate seats. Most instead see a GOP gain of six to eight, with one of the Ds predicting only five. We don’t spend enough time talking about the governor's races; several big states, FL and OH among them, down to the final day – and they matter a ton when it comes to health care implementation, redistricting, and the early 2012 map.
On to our Monday pre-election bullet points: Erick, for starters, has a generous strike zone. W didn’t bounce it, but calling that first pitch a strike is mighty generous. His No. 2 is a reminder the election won't end the fight for the heart and soul of the GOP. The tea party brings the grassroots energy, but it is independents who are poised to bring Republicans a House majority and other big victories. Keeping those two very different blocs happy may prove impossible, which is what the Obama White House is banking on.
Mario is, as always, smart and funny. His Nos. 2 and 3 also underscore the lesson that elections sometimes reshape fights more than settle them. His point about local GOP Latino gains is worth watching. Enjoy your day – and your last barrage of negative ads and robo-calls. - John King
Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
-George Bush threw a strike at last night's world series. Will his party strike out Pelosi? Yep.
-Conservatives are mad at the NRSC over its lackluster support of Joe Miller.
-Early voting is making the GOP smile.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
-Circa-1969: Woodstock is replaced by Jon-Stock as 200,000 mostly young people go to D.C. and tell everybody else to play nice and a new generation trades sex, drugs, and rock and roll with talk of reason.
-Circa-2012: The White House is looking past tomorrow night and on to 2012 as the 24 /7 U.S. campaign cycle continues.
-Circa -From Now On: On Wednesday the game changes as Democrats wake up to a landscape where for the first time there are real Latino GOP power-bases in key swing states.