The Pelican State’s primary on Saturday gives:
Delegates at stake: Louisiana has 46 delegates to the Republican National Convention, but only 20 are at stake in the primary.
All four GOP hopefuls will be in Louisiana on Friday. On Saturday, Santorum will be in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and Gingrich will head to Pennsylvania, too.
"Romney no longer wants to be perceived as the weak frontrunner who cannot win the hearts and souls of the voters at the core of his own party—his campaign is pushing Romney as the experienced and prepared contender ready to defeat President Obama, particularly when it comes to righting the American economy."
This primary season has been characterized by the absence of familiar friends. Where is the ‘momentum’ of yesteryear? When did voter preferences start shifting so suddenly, so violently, that a double-digit lead is gone within a matter of days?
But there’s one reliable old friend that’s been with us from the start: a widespread incomprehension about how to count. What’s more, there’s every reason to think that this cluelessness will shadow the political conversation once the general election begins."
"If Mitt Romney loses tonight’s Michigan primary by one vote, I can describe the culprit. She is late-middle-aged, dark-haired, reluctant to have her name used in print, and votes at Lewton Elementary School in an affluent neighborhood of the state capital. ‘When I went to vote for Romney,’ she explained, ‘I got so confused that I voted “Uncommitted.” I guess I could have changed it. But I didn’t care that much.’"
Mitt Romney’s position on the minimum wage has some on the right sounding the alarm about his candidacy—and it could expose a dangerous fault line between Romney and some of the Republican Party’s most reliable backers.
Romney said last week that he supports regular increases in the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position he took as a candidate for president in 2008. Six years before that, as a candidate for Massachusetts governor, Romney supported linking automatic increases in the state’s minimum wage to inflation. “I haven’t changed my thoughts on that,” he told reporters.
Indexing the minimum wage to inflation is a goal of many labor-backed groups and liberal Democrats, who say it would help millions of working people. In recent years, Republicans, backed by their allies in the business community, have opposed such efforts, arguing that raising the minimum wage would reduce employment. Some on the right have come out against the very concept of a minimum wage.
Romney’s comments have caused concern among conservatives inside and outside the party.
“It goes to show he’s still very defensive about his own wealth,” Steve Forbes, the publishing magnate who made his own bids for the presidency in 1996 and 2000, told Yahoo News. “All it does is give the base another reason to be unenthusiastic about him.”