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It is an Iowa-centric weekend for all the obvious reasons, though Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman Jr. face off for a “Lincoln-Douglas” style debates in Manchester, N.H., come Monday. Long lost Gary E. Johnson ventures to both the Golden and Sunshine States to address the Libertarian Party, among other select audiences. In the meantime, here’s where the Republican hopefuls will be in the next 72 hours:

California: Mr. Johnson

Florida: Mr. Johnson

Iowa: Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum.

New Jersey: Buddy Roemer

New Hampshire: Mr. Huntsman, Mr. Romney, Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Roemer

BUMPER PATROL

“Your Wallet: The Only Place Democrats Want to Drill.”

- Bumper sticker spotted near Gallup, N.M.

POLL DU JOUR

• 21 million: Number of 2012 candidate-related opinions on Twitter from May to November.

• 15 million: Number centered on President Obama; Mitt Romney drew 1.6 million; Michele Bachmann, 1.4 million; Rick Perry, 1.3 million; Ron Paul, 1.1 million; and Newt Gingrich, 590,000.

• 63 percent of tweets on Mrs. Bachmann were negative, 12 percent positive, 25 percent neutral.

• 55 percent of tweets on Mr. Perry were negative, 15 percent positive, 29 percent neutral.

• 51 percent of tweets on Mr. Obama were negative, 17 percent positive, 33 percent neutral.

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