Political Roundup for January 31, 2011…Red Racing Horses…..

By: James_Nola

2012 Presidential Race:
Kansas Primary: Newly elected KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is introducing a bill to skip the Presidential primary in KS, saving the state up to $2 million. It would be the 5th consecutive election in which KS does not hold a Presidential primary.Huntsman: Hunstman is looking like a very likely candidate today. He is resigning as Ambassador to China to explore a Presidential bid.

Polling (PDF): A new Strategic Nationals poll of the MI Republican Primary shows Mitt Romney slightly ahead with 24%, compared to Huckabee and Palin at 19% and 17%, respectively. Next is Gingrich and Pawlenty, with 10 and 4%. Santorum, Huntsman, Daniels, and Barbour all have less than 2%.
Meanwhile, a new PPP poll has Huckabee as the clear front runner in NC. He is ahead of the field with 27%. Running 9 pts behind him is Gingrich with 18%, 16% for Palin, 11% for Romney, 7% for Pawlenty, and 6% for Paul. In WV, Huckabee also leads, with 28%. Palin is next with 23%. Gingrich has 17%, Romney 10%, Paul 6%, and Pawlenty has 5%.

US Senate:
Michigan Former SoS Terri Lynn Land has said for the first time she is considering a bid against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow. She plans to meet with another possible challenger, former US Rep. Pete Hoekstra before making a decision. They both share the same base of Western MI, and Land dropped out of the 2010 Gov race because Hoekstra shared her base.

Connecticut Republicans may have found just what they need to win in CT. An uncontroversial state Senator with some big fundraising connections- Sen. Scott Frantz- is being encouraged to run for US Senate. He is not ruling it out.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl plans to announce his intentions next month. There is speculation he may retire. The article includes info about the potential leadership battle for Republican Whip and other positions if Kyl retires….