Republican pollster David Winston: “Tweaking a word here or there isn’t going to fix the GOP’s problems any more than another million attack tweets will. But traditionalists who believe that Republicans need only ‘return to their principles’ in order to win also misunderstand the challenge the party faces.”
ILLINOIS: Robin Kelly, who won the IL-2 special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. 74%-19% last night: "Yes, we've seen some tough times and some setbacks. I know for some of you, your faith in your leaders is a little shaken. I thank you for that and I promise I will work very hard not to let you down."
And this, per the Chicago Tribune: "Watch us take on the NRA, the tea party and anyone else standing in the way of safety.”
MASSACHUSETTS: It’s another GOP Senate primary debate tonight at 7:00 pm ET. The primary is April 30.
NEW JERSEY: Chris Christie has a 68% job approval rating, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll. That’s actually down from 74% in February. Democrats are falling away.
NEW YORK: Anthony Weiner’s talking. The New York Times magazine interviews Weiner, now mostly a stay-at-home dad, and his wife Huma Abedin. Weiner admits he was looking at the New York mayor’s race even after his misfired, lewd Tweets.
Front runner for the New York mayor’s race, Christine Quinn, continues to lead the field, but slipped slightly in a Quinnipiac poll. She leads Democrat Bill de Blasio 32%-14%. She was at 37% last month.
VIRGINIA: “Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has said his daughter and her husband paid for their own wedding. So a $15,000 check from a major campaign donor to pay for the food at the affair was a gift to the bride and groom and not to him and therefore did not have to be publicly disclosed under the law, the governor says.
But documents obtained by The Washington Post show that McDonnell signed the catering contract, making him financially responsible for the 2011 event. The governor made handwritten notes to the caterer in the margins. In addition, the governor paid nearly $8,000 in deposits for the catering.”
WISCONSIN: Roll Call looks at what it calls the “Badger Brat Pack” of Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Scott Walker.