In the first New Hampshire 2016 primary poll, Mitt Romney (!!!) leads the GOP pack with 25%, followed by Rand Paul 18%, Chris Christie 17%, and Jeb Bush 13%, per Purple Strategies. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton blows away the field with 68% followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 13% and Joe Biden 6%. Clinton is in a statistical tie with Christie in a hypothetical head to head with a narrow 44%-42% lead.
CALIFORNIA: Nancy Pelosi’s running for re-election.
Sandra Fluke might run for Henry Waxman’s seat.
GEORGIA: “Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is calling the winter storm in Atlanta a ‘big wake-up call’ and is vowing to address future storms more aggressively,” Politico notes.
Deal faces reelection this year, and this could hurt him. Reid Wilson: “Deal faces a potentially difficult fight for reelection later this year. And there are early indications that Democrats intend to make the state’s slow response a part of their campaign: On Tuesday night, even as commuters were still stuck in traffic, a pollster was calling voters to gauge reaction to the state’s response, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Botching the handling of a major snowstorm has claimed political careers before. Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic lost reelection in 1979 after a series of snowstorms buried his city. Denver Mayor Bill McNichols suffered the same fate in 1983. So did Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who lost reelection in 2009. Both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came under fire after a 2010 snowstorm hit the Northeast over the Christmas holiday. Christie was on vacation with his wife and children in Florida at the time; Bloomberg, it came out a few weeks later, was spending the holiday in Bermuda.”
LOUISIANA: The New York Times goes to Louisiana and takes a look at the all-important Senate race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate. It also looks at the storied political family of the Landrieus and that not only is Mary facing a tough reelection for the Senate, but brother Mitch has a fight of his own for Saturday’s primary for mayor of New Orleans that involves money, race, and talk of GOP collusion with his challenger.
MASSACHUSETTS: Martha Coakley (D) leads Charlie Baker (R), 46-36%, in the race for governor, per a Purple Strategies poll.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and potential challenger and former Sen. Scott Brown (R) are tied 44%-44% in a new Purple Strategies poll, per the Boston Globe.
NEW JERSEY: New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani didn’t do Chris Christie any favors yesterday, implying it was 50-50 that Christie knew of the order to close the lanes from one town to the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge. He later told Maggie Haberman his remark was taken out of context and was “offended” by how it’s being covered. Here’s what he said, "It's 50-50, it leaves you with no possible way of knowing did she discuss it with him or didn't she discuss it with him,” he said of the email showing a top aide saying that it was time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee. “I like Chris very much and he's being unfairly treated, and he's a good friend."