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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Afternoon Fix: Romney dominates in N.H., Dianne Feinstein endorses for Harman seat

By Chris Cillizza

A poll shows Mitt Romney would win New Hampshire, Sen. Feinstein has picked a candidate in the race for Harman's seat, Haley Barbour is going to Iowa, and Carol Moseley Braun says she did not compare anyone to Hitler.

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* Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has endorsed a candidate in the primary to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Jane Harman: Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is now talking and even mouthing songs - leading to renewed speculation over a Senate bid.

* A top aide to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has found a job with a major political PR firm: Bryan DeAngelis is now working for ASGK Public Strategies, the firm started by Obama adviser David Axelrod.

* Chicago mayoral contender Carol Moseley Braun this weekend joked that rival Rahm Emanuel seems like "the kind man, the gentle man" in his ads, just as Adolf Hitler is described by a character in Mel Brooks' "The Producers." Now she's in the unenviable position of trying to explain that she did not mean to compare the Jewish former White House chief of staff to Hitler.


* Mitt Romney is the early frontrunner in the New Hampshire Republican primary, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll. Forty percent of likely Republican primary voters would back him.

* Haley Barbour is headed to Iowa, a state where he said he would campaign heavily if he decides to run for president. The Mississippi governor will keynote a March 15 dinner in Scott County.

* The influential conservative Club for Growth PAC has made its first endorsement of the 2012 cycle: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who this morning announced his Senate run. "Jeff Flake is a proven, tireless champion for economic freedom, and Club for Growth PAC will do everything it can in the Republican primary and the general election to help him win this race," said the group's president, Chris Chocola.

*'s Erick Erickson announced that the online conservative group will hold its annual meeting in South Carolina this year - with Gov. Nikki Haley (R) as special guest.

* Tomorrow morning, Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn "will issue a major announcement with 2012 caucus implications," according to an Iowa Republican Party press release.


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By Chris Cillizza  | February 14, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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