Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Sarah Palin's book tour launched yesterday with a signing event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it'll continue today with stops in Fort Wayne and Noblesville, Indiana; Levi Johnston will not be attending the Palins' Thanksgiving dinner; former McCain aide Nicolle Wallace said the claims in Palin's book are "fiction"; President Obama would beat Gov. Tim Pawlenty 49-40 in the latter's home state of Minnesota, if the 2012 presidential election were held today, according to a St. Cloud University poll; and Newt Gingrich was in Baltimore for another stop of his education tour with Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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