Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Some Iowa GOP activists don't like the idea of paying $100,000 for a Sarah Palin appearance; Haley Barbour jumped into the Texas gubernatorial race with an endorsement of conservative Gov. Rick Perry (R) over primary opponent Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), campaigning with Perry in the state; Bobby Jindal reportedly traveled to Fresno, California to raise money for his gubernatorial re-election; Tim Pawlenty announced he'll travel to Mexico on a trade trip in November and meet privately with President Felipe Calderon; Pawlenty and Jindal signed onto a letter urging the Senate to pass the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act; and Mitt Romney won't take sides in New York's 23rd district special election.

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