Morning Mix: Florida Votes and Parties Disclose Cash
Florida voters head to the polls today and it’s looking more and more like a decisive victory for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with latest polling showing a margin of victory for Romney at about twelve percent.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum resumed campaigning after taking a break to be will his daughter Bella who is hospitalized with complications from a genetic disorder. Here’s hoping her condition improves.
The Republican establishment is hoping the Florida primary will be the end of the race, despite the fact that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just refuses to go away. If I were part of the Republican establishment, I’d want the race over as well. The latest Gallup polling of registered voters in 12 key swing states show voters evenly split between President Obama and Romney. An Obama/Gingrich match up however has the President up by about 14 percentage points over Gingrich, Paul and Santorum. Of course the real problem for Romney remains. These voters polled are more inherently more moderate than any Republican primary voter, so will his strategy of continuing to throw piles of money at states till he simply buys the nomination be enough? I guess we’ll see.
President Obama held the first-ever Google+ online chat with constituents where the president answered questions related to the State of the Union address and his vision for this country proving that the political landscape is literally shifting before our eyes.
Today is also a big day in the world of campaign finance law as campaigns and super PAC’s are set to disclose their 4th quarter fundraising reports. These reports cover contributions and expenses from October 1 through December 31 and may shed some light on which candidate is really in this race for the long haul and which ones are just sucking air at this point.
Now that the Democrats finally seem united behind something other than attacking each other or giving ground to the right, expect a host of legislative efforts aimed at bolstering President Obama’s vision from the State of the Union address, from a bill that would ban insider trading among members of Congress to the Buffett rule.
Looks like the Democrats might have figured out how to play offense for a change.
Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr.