Typo may cost Romney his win in Iowa. Utah races heat up with candidate announcements. The Boston Globe backs Huntsman.
Happy Friday, the week has been full of politicians announcing their candidacy and state lawmakers giving up their seats and it should continue today with state Rep. Chris Herrod, who is expected to announce his run against Sen. Orrin Hatch today.
Topping the news: State Rep. Holly Richardson will resign from the Legislature to work on Dan Liljenquist's campaign against Hatch. [Trib]
-> Jay Cobb tries to make a name for himself in the 4th District race. [DNews]
-> Jon Huntsman got the coveted endorsement of the Boston Globe, the biggest paper in New England, and the paper in Romney's home state. The Globe said Huntsman "would be the best candidate to seize this moment in GOP history, and the best-prepared to be president." [Globe] [MSNBC]
-> One-fourth of Utah adults have not registered to vote, according to Census estimates. [Trib]
Happy Birthday: to Utah ex-pats Lauren Buchman and Ashley Diana, and to the Denver Post's Allison Sherry.
Tweets of the day: From @greenfield64: "Even the most secular of journalists will be praying; 'O Lord, give us a primary fight... do not condemn us to 6 months of VP speculation.'"
In other news: The FreedomWorks for America super PAC has spent $75,000 on its "retire Hatch" campaign. Expect more, but Sen. Orrin Hatch may be getting support from another super PAC, which is now raising money. [Trib]
-> St. George Republicans pick Lowry Snow to replace David Clark, who is running for Congress in the 2nd District. [Trib]
-> Toxic releases into the environment increased nationally, according to new government figures. One of the top emitters is Kennecott in Utah. [Trib]
-> Unemployment claims dip nationally and in Utah. [Trib]
-> Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan supports Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's push for a Broadway-class theater in the capital's downtown. [Trib]
-> Rolly reports that Sen. Curt Bramble plans to sponsor a bill that would prevent future fights like that underway between Salt Lake County Auditor Greg Hawkins and the county mayor and council. [Trib]
-> Bagley imagines what the scrimmage will look like when defense contractors go up against the Obama administration as it calls for military spending cuts. [Trib]
-> News organizations launch an effort to try to get fees from websites and blogs republishing their original reporting content. [Trib]
-> Ogden's new mayor had a tragedy filled first day on the job. [DNews]
2012 watch: What do you learn from talking to the candidates, well for one, Huntsman remains calm even after he is bitten by a goat. [WaPost]
-> Could a counting error give Rick Santorum a victory in the Iowa Caucuses? [KCCI]
-> The Trib's Thomas Burr gives an update on the state of the race in New Hampshire. [KCPW]
-> Romney's strategy leads to risks on the left and right. [NYTimes]
-> Huntsman is David to Romney's Goliath. [ABCNews]
-> Newt Gingrich takes heat for singling out blacks for taking food stamps. [CBSNews]
-> Maybe Huntsman should take up President Obama on his joking offer to appear at a honk-and-wave with him in New Hampshire, he's tried just about everything else. [Trib]
-> Sen. John McCain said it is "stupid" to focus on his past criticism of Romney, the candidate he now supports. [WaPost]
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