Ohio Delegates at stake: 66 The Buckeye State is considered by many to be Super Tuesday’s most important prize. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, said that Ohio matters so much “because it is so representative of the rest of the country.” A Feb. 27 Quinnipiac poll had Santorum up over Romney 36-29 in the state, but the former Pennsylvania senator failed to qualify for the ballot in three of Ohio’s 16 Congressional districts, which will automatically deny him the nine delegates to be won from those districts.
Pollster Peter Brown on the New Jersey electorate's feelings about Chris Christie's budget showdown: Although the legislature got a 62%-19% disapproval rating, its opposition to his cuts received strong support among the electorate. By double-digits, voters told Quinnipiac, they oppose the governor’s plans to layoff 1,300 state workers, close state psychiatric institutions, to cut $820 million in aid to public schools and to reduce aid to cities and towns. They did voice strong support for limiting property tax increases, a key part of Mr. Christie’s plan. Huh.
It's a real live scientific whodunit: Bats across the Northeast are dropping dead. The cause? No one's quite sure, although the vast majority of bat corpses have been found with some manner of white fungus furring over their noses, ears, and wings, so that's tops on the list of culprits. One of the prevailing theories is that the fungus interferes with the bats' hibernation cycle, causing them to burn through stored fat way too fast. In any case, the results haven't been pretty.