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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

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Oh, Newt Gingrich! For four presidential cycles you have been teasing us with the idea that you are running for president. I think that two ladies have been your potential "First Lady" during that time, and dude, seriously, have you thought about that? I mean, it's going to be really hard for you to talk about the "First" Lady, right? Whatever, you probably have a PAC that's specifically dealing with that issue, so I'll let it go.

But seriously, Newt, you got really close this time, didn't you? And damned if we weren't warned about your waffling ways but nevertheless bought into the notion that you might get this 2012 campaign party started in earnest. You'd think we'd learn. (Actually, I'm pretty sure you basically count on us never to learn.)

Hey, at least you didn't get yourself all Mau-Mau'ed up like Mike Huckabee, 2012's burgeoning "post-birther" genius. And you seem to be taking getting cut from Fox News' roster of candidates in stride. Your pal Rick Santorum is wondering why Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee aren't in similar straits.

John Thune leaves the Speculatron this week, to spend more time with the United States Senate. But we welcome a new and unexpected contender in his stead. For more of the candidates you should following, and the candidates that haven't yet figured out what they're doing, please feel free to enter the Speculatron for the week of March 4, 2011.

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33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
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Current Senate 53 47
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* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
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Seats won 201 234
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