I’m ending the day’s blogging closer to the official time of 5:30 EDT than has been customary since I took over (it’s often after 6:00 when I get my 12 posts done), because like you I want to get ready for the excitement of primary returns from Delaware, which are likely to determine whether Newt Gingrich continues his candidacy. Polls close in the First State at 8:00 EDT. In the meantime, here are some final news tidbits:

* Direct quote from Ann Romney: “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.” Somewhere, Hilary Rosen is laughing.

* November ballot initiative certified in California that would repeal death penalty. Supporters say campaign will focus on costs, which in this state is probably smart.

* Krugman confronts Chairman Bernanke with words of Professor Bernanke.

* Lilly Ledbetter mocks Mitt for his waffling on act bearing her name. I’ve met Lilly, and she defines the term “no-nonsense.”

* Headline in Boston Globe says New Hampshire could be “decisive battleground” state. If so, we’re in for a real barnburner since only four electoral votes are at stake there.

And in non-political news:

* Drake University crowns 33d annual “Beautiful Bulldog” winner, a pup named Tyler.

If you’re up late tonight, I’ll have a TNR column on Romney and the immigration issue up on their site at midnight EDT.


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.