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Downballot: No DeMint placeholder

“South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she will not appoint a ‘place holder’ to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate who pledges not to run for the seat in 2014,” USA Today writes.

Here’s a headline you don’t see every day about a mayoral hopeful: “Bill de Blasio says he's proud of his marriage — and his wife's outspoken lesbian past.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s approval rating is 42%/35%, per Quinnipiac, “his first positive rating since he took office,” Political Wire notes.