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The short take on the Louisiana pri­mary on Satur­day: Poll­sters pre­dict that Mitt Rom­ney will lose this one to Rick San­to­rum, who’s al­ready wooed the Deep South with much down-home suc­cess. Num­bers from a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey find Mr. San­to­rum in the lead with 43 per­cent of voter sup­port, fol­lowed by Mr. Rom­ney at 31 per­cent, Newt Gin­grich at 16 per­cent and Rep. Ron Paul at 5 per­cent.

There will be cozy talk, and jus­ti­fi­ably so, that Mr. San­to­rum still com­mands re­spect and strong sen­ti­ment from vot­ers who ad­mire the man’s tenac­ity, faith and fam­ily val­ues. Mr. Rom­ney is not “in­evitable,” they say, fin­gers crossed. Yeah, well. Then along comes the lat­est Gallup daily track­ing poll re­veal­ing Mr. Rom­ney’s high­est pos­i­tive re­view yet: He’s got 38 per­cent of Re­pub­li­can sup­port na­tion­wide, with Mr. San­to­rum gar­ner­ing 27 per­cent.


Nas­sim Ni­cholas Taleb, au­thor of 2007’s “The Black Swan,” will ap­pear at a $2,500-a-plate fundraiser for Ron Paul May 1 in Bel Air, Calif.

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