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Off to the races: Primary positioning

Hillary Clinton beats Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in Florida if she were to run, according to Quinnipiac. Clinton bests Bush 51%-40% and Rubio 52%-41%

Here’s how different the Democratic and Republican primaries are shaping up to be… The Star Ledger: “Gov. Chris Christie said today he's undecided on whether the state should ban the controversial use of ‘gay conversion therapy,’ but the Republican governor still opposes same-sex marriage. Christie said that he only knows little about the method. California enacted a law prohibiting the practice, but a federal court has blocked its implementation.”

Christie on Rob Portman’s decision to be in favor of same-sex marriage: "But as far as how it affects my view, no, because that question implies that somehow this is a political judgment and for me it's not."

MASSACHUSETTS: Deval Patrick announced that he was running for a third term yesterday despite having professed not to. It set off eight minutes of scurrying to figure out what was going on. Patrick then said he was just kidding.

A Massachusetts Republican sheriff joked about Obama and assassination. Political Wire: “The Quincy Patriot Ledger reports Massachusetts sheriff Joseph McDonald (R) is defending a joke he made about President Obama during a breakfast for Republicans when he said the ghost of Abraham Lincoln visited Obama in his dreams and gave him advice on how to improve the country: ‘Go to the theater.’”

He says, hey! It was a joke.

WEST VIRGINIA: “Though for the last several weeks, Democratic hopes of retaining Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat in 2014 have looked bleak, it seems party operatives may have finally found their unicorn in West Virginia: a wealthy, pro-coal, pro-business Democrat in the style of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. Attorney Nick Preservati has spoken with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about running for the seat, in conversations that the committee found "encouraging," according to a source with knowledge of the discussions,” National Journal writes.