Yes, we finally have a Republican presidential nominee, but look for this to dominate the news cycle in Georgia today. From the Associated Press –but the italics are mine:
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Plans to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah are moving a big step forward with the release of key federal government studies that took 16 years and $41 million to complete.
The Army Corps of Engineers planned to release its final studies on the economic and environmental impacts of the harbor expansion project Wednesday. The massive report’s arrival marks the beginning of the endgame for the $600 million project, which requires approval from four federal agencies before construction can begin.
The Georgia Ports Authority wants to deepen 38 miles of the Savannah River between the port and the Atlantic Ocean by 6 feet to accommodate supersized cargo ships. Gov. Nathan Deal has made the project a top priority, but it’s met staunch resistance from neighboring South Carolina.
The Savannah Morning News intends to livestream the 10 a.m. announcement here.
Campaign & Elections has toted up the numbers. Rick Santorum, who bowed out of the GOP presidential contest on Tuesday, couldn’t cope with a TV onslaught in which he was out-gunned nearly 10-to-1 by Mitt Romney and friends over the course of the primary:
Romney and his allied Super PAC, Restore Our Future, were on pace to exceed a combined $56 million spent on TV ads, according to a spending tally by SMG-Delta.
Pro-Santorum forces, meanwhile, had aired or booked just about $9 million on the airwaves over the course of the primary season.
On the same topic, Georgia political strategist Ralph Reed gave a historic cast to Santorum’s candidacy in several interviews. This from the Washington Post:
“He got into the race with virtually no endorsements, very little money, and he was an asterisk in the polls,” Reed said. “And he ends the race having won 11 states and over 3 million votes, which is the most since any insurgent conservative candidate since Reagan.”
But over at the New York Times, Nate Silver throws cold water on those who say Santorum could become Romney’s running mate:
Mr. Santorum might have some appeal to Mr. Romney as a vice presidential candidate, since he’s reasonably well vetted and comes from a swing state, Pennsylvania. But Mr. Santorum now has poor favorability ratings with the general public, with an average of 33 percent of voters viewing him favorably and 45 percent unfavorably in surveys conducted since March. As Mr. Romney also has such problems with his favorability ratings, he might be more inclined to pick a fresher face.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign congratulates Romney this morning with this video:
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s assertion that the Keystone pipeline would generate 20,000 jobs.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider