FLORIDA: The national Republican Party apparently wasn’t able to make Florida budge on its early primary date, according to the Tampa Tribune. “RNC chief of staff Jeff Larson visited Tallahassee Tuesday, meeting with staff members for state House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos. The meetings were private, but a spokeswoman for Cannon said the meetings were cordial, but no offers were made for how to settle the impasse.”
IOWA: A Neighborhood Research survey of Iowa Republicans found that Mike Huckabee enjoys an early advantage, with Mitt Romney following behind him, The Hill reports. “Twenty-one percent of likely caucus-goers said they would prefer Huckabee, followed by 14 percent for Romney, 9 percent for real estate mogul Donald Trump, 8 percent for Gingrich and 7 percent for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the poll found.”
MASSACHUSETTS: A Suffolk poll shows Sen. Scott Brown (R) in pretty good shape against potential competitors next fall. The best potential competitor is Joe Kennedy, who trails
NEVADA: “GOP presidential candidates will debate Oct. 18 in Las Vegas in a forum hosted by CNN and with the blessing of the Republican Party,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal says. “The debate was announced Wednesday by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference, which will meet in Las Vegas around the same time.”
“The wife of the mayor of Las Vegas easily topped 17 other candidates in a primary election to replace him as Sin City’s leader, but she didn’t get an outright win,” AP reports. Carolyn Goodman, wife of Oscar Goodman, captured 37 percent of the vote in the crowded field Tuesday, more than double the ballots of her nearest competitors in the race. But she needed more than 50 percent of the vote to become mayor.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Influential conservative Ovide Lamontagne’s Granite Oath PAC has lined up two more potential candidates for receptions at his Manchester home, the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s DiStaso writes. Herman Cain will visit on April 27 and Newt Gingrich on May 25. Former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn’s “We the People” non-profit has secured two major congressional conservative kingmakers, Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) and Rep. Steve King (IA), to attend the organization’s kickoff forum on April 30.
Bloomberg News and the Washington Post will host a Republican presidential primary debate set for Oct. 11th, The Hill writes. The debate is the only one so far to focus singly on the economy. The Union Leader adds that billionaire and former Senate candidate Bill Binnie’s new television station, which he purchased last month and renamed WBIN-TV, will broadcast the event, to be held at Dartmouth College, locally.