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The first non-presidential primaries of the 2012 election cycle kick off on Tuesday in Ohio, so below, we've compiled a calendar of contests worth watching in the month of March. We'll also bring you a writeup each week of the most interesting races to look out for.

March 2012 Primaries

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  •  I'm excited! (6+ / 0-)

    even if Rick Santorum fizzles out, I don't care because now we've made it to the fun part of campaign season. I'm satisfied.

    I'm also keeping an eye on IL-03 (to see how big the anybody-but-Lipinski protest vote is, and to see how many GOPers vote for an unabashed neo-Nazi) and IL-11 (to compare Bill Foster's performance vs. Juan Thomas to Judy Biggert's vs. Jack Cunningham).

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 06:41:01 AM PST

  •  Question/Concern about Elizabeth Warren's Race (0+ / 0-)

    David, I greatly appreciate all your info and input!  I may be digressing here a bit but I am becoming quite concerned over all the latest poll numbers oncerning the (possible and likely) match-up between Elizabeth Warren and Cosmo Centerfold Scott Brown.  I realize that most of these later polls are more than "suspect" ( i.e., coming from Rasmussesn and Republican "Internal" Polling outfits), but my concern is that I do not understand why the Democrats and/or Elizabeth Warren's campaign do not counter these polls with their own "internal" Democratic polls.  As you undoubtedly know, all of these latest polls put Scott Brown any where from four to ten points ahead of Elizabeth Warren.

    Yes, I am aware that it is early in the electoral season, but I am becoming quite worried that the Democrats could once again lose control of the narrative in this race--and this is one race where I did not think that this would happen.  Furthermore, I am afraid that the Dems may be assuming the type of complacency that allowed Scott Brown to win in the first place.  For example, I have heard many Democratic "pundits"--and ones that I well-respect-- say that they believe that Brown's vote on the Blunt Amendment will hurt him and consequently boost Warren.  Personally, and sadly, I am not so sure of this!!  In  fact, I think Brown's immediate condemnation of Rush Limbaugh's repugnant and obscene remarks on this whole topic will now give Brown "cover" on his vote, which may become a back-burner issue anyway in the months to come.  Furthermore, I'm not so sure that Brown himself did not make a well-calucated decision on this issue when he cast his vote due to the large number of Catholic voters in Massachusetts.  Perhaps he believes that these voters would  "forgive" him on this matter.

    I desperately hope Elizabeth Warren's campaign is indeed going ahead with their own internal polls because everything I have read paints a very positive picture for Brown.  The media is STILL calling Brown an "independent Republican"and it doesn't appear that we Democrats are succeeding in altering that perception.  Again, this is one campaign where the Democrats cannot lose control of the narrative so early in the race.

    •  Polls don't dictate the narrative in this race (1+ / 0-)
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      At least not at this point.  What good would releasing internal polls do?  They'll just be dismissed because they are internals.

      The race will hinge to a great deal on how well Obama does at the top of the ticket, and whether Warren can nationalize the race.

      "We calmly accept our uncertain position." Joey Rathburn

      by Paleo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 08:18:23 AM PST

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      •  Republicans are releasing "internal" poll numbers (0+ / 0-)

        Paleo, while I normally would agree with you, the poll numbers being released now basically ARE coming from  "Republican polling outfits" --and they are indeed formulating a  "narrative."   So the Democrats could release poll numbers as well!

        As I said above, there is no doubt that it is early in the campaign, but I think that this is a matter that DEFINITELY SHOULD be of concern to Warren and the Democrats.  After all,  Martha Coakley's campaign took an awful lot for granted as we all know.  And even if Elizabeth Warren is a far, far better candidate, we Democrats cannot afford to make any mistakes here.  There is way too much at stake in this election.

      •  P.S. A Narrative on Scott Brown IS being formed (0+ / 0-)

        Paleo, every time the media releases or discusses one of these Republican-derived polls that place Scott Brown ahead of Elizabeth Warren, they confirm the Republican-controlled narrative that  "Scott Brown is a nice, popular guy who is also an Independent-minded (Republican) candidate that will be hard for anyone to beat."  That is exactly the narrative that I am referring to here...and why it is SO important for Warren's campaign to do something about this immediately.

        Yes, a lot of what happens come November 2012 will hinge upon Obama and the economy. But a lot also depends on the narrative that is crafted over the course of time.  It doesn't really matter if people like you or me know that Brown is a corporate Wall Street puppet driving around in a truck with a phony act when so many other actual voters CONTINUE  to "buy" the myth out there.  

  •  Hopefully Wednesday morning I see the headline (5+ / 0-)

    Down Goes Kucinich!

  •  Who's the favorite in OH-3 and IL-17? (0+ / 0-)

    "We calmly accept our uncertain position." Joey Rathburn

    by Paleo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 08:12:33 AM PST

    •  Cheri Bustos is the all but certain nominee (1+ / 0-)
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      for IL-17. It seems to be a toss-up between Mary Jo Kilroy and Joyce Beatty for OH-03.

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 08:15:14 AM PST

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