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More 2012: Duffy gets a Dem challenger

IOWA: Congressman and kingmaker Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says the Republican primary has gotten off to a slow start because potential frontrunners like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin haven’t been engaged in Iowa, the Globe Gazette writes.

“Tax watchdog Ed Failor Jr., an influential player in Iowa Republican politics, has resigned as president of Iowans for Tax Relief ‘to pursue exciting opportunities,’ he said in an e-mail Monday,” the Des Moines Register reports.

WISCONSIN: “Former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow (D) has announced plans to challenge GOP freshman Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s 7th district, a seat Democrats view as a top pickup opportunity in 2012,” Roll Call writes, adding, “Kreitlow, a former television news anchor, flirted with a Congressional run last cycle, when Rep. David Obey’s (D) retirement left the seat open.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is heading to New Hampshire on Friday for a presidential “Summit on Spending and Job Creation,” McClatchy writes. The New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity is hosting the summit and the group will also hold a dinner honoring Ovide Lamontagne, a prominent state conservative and former gubernatorial candidate.