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The midterms: Romney backs McCain

The DCCC has launched PalinPrimaries.com, which urges Sarah Palin to get involved in some 55 competitive races nationwide.

ARIZONA: Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain in his Senate bid. Romney's press release was a veritable love fest: "For years, I've been an admirer of John McCain. Then we became competitors. Today, I'm proud to call him my friend." McCain: "Governor Romney is among the brightest and most dynamic leaders in our Party, and I am proud to have his support."
 
2008 campaign flashback: McCain on Romney: "Never get into a wrestling match with a pig. You both get dirty -- and the pig likes it." That was after Romney accused McCain of wanting to allow undocumented immigrants to live in the U.S. permanently

ARKANSAS: "MoveOn.org says that 92 percent of its Arkansas members want Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln," the Arkansas Times reports. 
 
KENTUCKY: Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson's first campaign ad attacks his rival Rand Paul for calling coal a "dirty" form of energy, the Hotline reports. "'I'll fight against Obama's war on coal, for clean coal and for Kentucky jobs," Grayson says in the ad. 
 
"In response, the Paul campaign accused Grayson of promoting nuclear power over coal at the 2008 Republican National Convention," the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. According to a spokesman, Paul "supports coal as Kentucky's primary energy source and will continue to support coal as Kentucky's primary energy source as long as it's the best that we have," the Courier-Journal continues.

NEW YORK: Gov. David Paterson trails his likely primary challenger, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, by 42 points, 22% to 64%, according to a Siena Research Institute poll released yesterday, Reuters reports.

After [likely Senate candidate Harold] Ford knocked [Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand for holding a fund-raiser Monday with President Obama's old campaign manager David Plouffe," Gillibrand told reporters that "Harold Ford's attacks on President Obama and his agenda sound much more like [they are] coming from Sarah Palin than from a New York Democrat who is proud of his President," the New York Daily News writes.

PENNSYLVANIA: "Republican Pat Toomey has agreed to debate Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), setting up a potential Senate candidate showdown that would leave incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter on the sidelines… Last week, Sestak's campaign proposed a debate with Toomey after complaining about Specter's refusal to debate in each of the state's six media markets." 
 
TEXAS: "Texans are turning out in big numbers in this year's primaries," the Dallas Morning News reports. "In the first week of early voting, which began Feb. 16, twice as many Texas voters cast ballots as four years ago, according to the secretary of state's tally of the top 15 counties…At the current pace, the Republican early vote could match the 2008 GOP presidential primary, in which 1.3 million Texans cast ballots overall." 
 
Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison both released ads yesterday, with Hutchison touting her newspaper endorsements and Perry releasing two: one affirming his support for the Constitution's 10th amendment and the other criticizing Hutchison for voting for the stimulus bill and state earmark projects.