Tuesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Voting got underway this morning in New Hampshire, and all available evidence suggests the question isn’t whether Mitt Romney will win the Republican primary, but by how much. The final two-day Suffolk University/7News tracking poll shows the former governor leading with 37%, followed by Ron Paul at 18%, and Jon Huntsman at 16%.

* Newt Gingrich opened a new line of attack against Romney yesterday, targeting the taxes Romney raised while in Massachusetts. The push includes a new web video and a website, RomneyTaxes.com.

* DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz came up with a turn of phrase that we’re likely to hear again: “Mitt Romney, I think, is more of a job cremator than a job creator.” (thanks to reader F.B.)

* The latest CBS News poll shows Romney leading the Republican field at the national level, but not by much — Romney is first with 19%, followed by Gingrich at 15%, and Rick Santorum at 14%.

* The same CBS News poll found President Obama leading all of the GOP candidates except Romney, whom he trails by two points, 47% to 45%.

* Due to a paperwork error by his campaign, Huntsman will not be on the Republican primary ballot in Arizona. The state will hold its contest on Feb. 28, and the other five candidates have already qualified.

* Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) will announce today he’s retiring from Congress at the end of the year. His northern-California district is expected to stay in Republican hands. (thanks to J.P. for the tip)

* And on a related note, Herger’s California Republican colleague, Rep. Rep. Elton Gallegly, will also not seek re-election this year. Gallegly is largely a victim of the post-census redistricting process.

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