Rick Santorum to the Des Moines Register: “I think you’ll see, hopefully, a chastened Supreme Court is not going to make the same mistake in the (current) cases as they did in Roe v. Wade.” And on whether the GOP will moderate its views on same-sex marriage: “it’s not going to happen. The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue. In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did.”
ILLINOIS: It’s election day in Chicago. “While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday’s special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges,” the AP writes. “Illinois’ newest member of Congress will have big shoes to fill: Jackson was a 17-year incumbent who served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and brought home nearly $1 billion to the district. He also had strong relationships with mayors, activists and voters across the district that includes city neighborhoods, suburbs and some rural areas.” More: “Voter turnout is expected to be low Tuesday, the same day as many municipal elections statewide. Roughly 14 percent of voters turned out for the special primary in February, which Kelly easily captured.”
The Chicago Tribune: “Voters across the Chicago area will go to the polls for local elections today, picking winners in a range of races from a replacement for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson to a high-profile suburban mayoral contest featuring a former Bears' star.”
MASSACHUSETTS: “House Democrats Steve Lynch and Ed Markey returned to familiar policy terrain in their debate Monday night, while opting for a more civil tone than in their previous meet up last month,” The Boston Globe reports. “Both criticized President Obama’s use of lethal drones. Lynch, who has made 14 trips to Iraq and eight to Afghanistan, noted that the US faces ‘limited choices,’ but said the US may have incurred diplomatic injury abroad.”
“Senate hopeful Daniel B. Winslow, working to differentiate himself from his two Republican primary rivals, filed a request with the Federal Election Commission on Friday seeking guidance on how to categorize contributions from legally married same-sex couples,” the Boston Globe writes. “Under current FEC guidelines, each person can contribute a maximum of $2,600 of their own money to a candidate for the primary election. But a married couple, drawing on a joint account, can contribute up to $5,200 for the primary, regardless of whether it’s earned by one or both spouses. … While Winslow’s move could have short-term political ramifications, it may also have a long-term impact on FEC rules.”
NEW JERSEY: “An outside group formed to push back on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s record is launching a $500,000 cable ad buy in the state, starting Wednesday, two media-buying sources told Politico.”
VIRGINIA: In the governor’s race, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign is out with a video hitting Terry McAuliffe (D) for his business experience.