Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Haley Barbour is visiting U.S. troops in Iraq; Mike Huckabee will give a lecture on governing as part of Northern Kentucky University's annual Alumni Lecture Series, along with Harold Ford, Jr.; Eric Cantor says he does not plan to punish Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) for voting with Democrats in favor of health care reform; Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate who dropped out of New York's 23rd district special election, criticized Sarah Palin for endorsing her opponent, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, in an interview with The Washington Post; Tim Pawlenty shot a deer during the Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener, but the small buck ran off, wounded, and Pawlenty had to leave to headline a fundraiser in Iowa before he and his fellow hunters could track it down; and Texas for Sarah Palin has compiled a schedule of signing events for Palin's upcoming book tour.

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