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2012: 'Away game'

“Voter turnout was down from 2008 in five out of seven states that held their Republican presidential primaries on Super Tuesday, according to a new analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center,” the Boston Globe writes. “The analysis found that voter turnout dropped from 2008 in Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Florida. It went up in Vermont and Ohio. It did not measure turnout in the three states that held caucuses.”

GOP strategist Whit Ayres said if Republican don’t figure out how to better appeal to Latinos, not only will Florida not be in play, but Texas will be.

GINGRICH: He talked about a brokered convention last night on FOX, per GOP 12, saying that Arizona and Florida should really be proportional.

ROMNEY: Romney admitted this during an Alabama radio interview about campaigning in the South “I realize it’s a bit of an away game.” And per NBC’s Garrett Haake, Romney said at an event in Mississippi: "I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and ... strange things are happening to me.”

Some conservatives aren’t willing to hand Romney the nomination yet. The Weekly Standard’s Anderson challenges Romney’s math argument in “Romney's Curious Claim of Mathematical Inevitability.” He writes, “delegate-wise, this contest is still early in the second quarter — or, if you prefer, in the bottom of the third inning. Has Romney run up such overwhelming tallies in the early part of the game that it’s time to invoke the mercy rule? Hardly. First, this is a contest to win the Republican presidential nomination and take on President Obama in perhaps the most important election since the Civil War. There is no mercy rule.”

“Bob Dole, the Republicans’ 1996 presidential nominee and a former US senator from Kansas, [yesterday] reasserted his endorsement of Mitt Romney in advance of this weekend’s Kansas caucuses,” the Boston Globe writes.

Romney got his license renewed while home in Massachusetts. There, residents have to update their license photo every 10 years, and “Romney was due this year,” the Boston Globe writes. He got to register at a special office not with the general public.

Noting big ad buys by Restore Our Future, Reuters writes, “Santorum could pick up support in a series of primary fights this month in the kind of strongly Republican states where the former Massachusetts governor has had little success so far. To help fend off the challenge, the Super PAC outside spending group that supports Romney - by far the biggest fundraiser in the Republican field - has been pouring millions of dollars into anti-Santorum advertising.” 

SANTORUM: San Diego Charger quarterback Philip Rivers, an Alabama native, endorsed Rick Santorum: "I am supporting Rick Santorum for president because of his stance on issues that attack vital Christian values our country was founded upon: no abortion, upholding traditional marriage, defending religious freedom, no euthanasia.”

“In fact….” Santorum in Alabama, per the The Huntsville Times: "Obamacare is, in fact, the death knell for freedom, and that's why it must be repealed.”

(By the way, Herman Cain was campaigning in Alabama, too, for someone running for public service commission.)