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More 2012: Can Iowa pick an 'electable' winner?

IOWA: “The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party sought to downplay the importance of social issues in his state's presidential caucus Wednesday, defending the state's GOP voters as an electorate that can pick electable candidates,” Politico writes. State GOP chairman Matt Strawn’s comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe “came amid murmurs that some of the less socially conservative presidential hopefuls — particularly Mitt Romney — may downplay the first-in-the-nation caucus contest out of fear that they can't win evangelical Christians, but Strawn strongly advised against that mentality.”

MISSOURI: “Missouri lawmakers are considering moving back the state's presidential primaries in 2012,” the St. Louis Dispatch reports. “A bill by Republican Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, would change next year's primaries from Feb. 7 to March 6. Missouri held its 2008 presidential primary on Feb. 5.”