The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where we are tuckered out after a week-long marathon in Iowa.

We’ll start with fall-out from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s departure from the Republican presidential race.

There’s no word on an endorsement from Bachmann or a decision on whether she’ll run in the 6th again.

MPR looks at what’s next for Bachmann.

Bachmann wouldn’t have much trouble winning her seat again, Politico reports.

Voters in the 6th have mixed feelings about Bachmann.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will stay in the race after all.

Sen. John McCain endorsed Mitt Romney in Iowa.

Politico reports that conservatives held an emergency meeting Wednesday. “Movement conservatives are concerned that a vote split between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum among base voters could enable Mitt Romney to grab the GOP nomination.”

The Washington Post reports that Romney will have trouble wooing evangelical voters.

The caucus votes underscore an ideological divide among Republicans, the New York Times reports.

Watch for Rick Santorum’s record to be picked apart by his rivals.

Around Minnesota

Bloomingdale’s at the MOA will close.

The DFL has hired a handful of staffers in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

Two watchdog groups say that the Republican Party of Minnesota should face fines.

Daniel Fanning, who was looking to run against Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th, has bowed out.

In Washington

Barack Obama named a consumer protection agency chief. Republicans are not pleased.

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