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A republican candidate for governor of Missouri pandering to the 27% today, via Twitter:

Dave Spence @spenceformo

Gov. Nixon fails to protect Religious Liberty. Is this right for Missouri? Sound-off here and RT our Poll! #MOGOV [….] 11:42 AM – 21 Feb 12

At Dave Spence’s (r) campaign web site: “Governor Nixon opposes rules that protect Religious Liberty from Obamacare. Do you support this?”

Uh, quite probably:

February 14, 2012 6:30 PM

Poll: Most back mandating contraception coverage

….According to a survey, conducted between Feb. 8-13, 61 percent of Americans support federally-mandated contraception coverage for religiously-affiliated employers; 31 percent oppose such coverage.

The number is similar among self-professed Catholics surveyed: 61 percent said they support the requirement, while 32 percent oppose it….

Dave Spence can’t think he’s appealing to Independents or Democrats. But that appears to be a problem for many republican candidates:

CBS News Polls: 2/14/12

….q41 Do you think the Republican presidential candidates have been mostly talking about issues that matter to all Americans, or mostly talking about issues that mainly matter just to Republicans?

** REGISTERED VOTERS **

*** Party ID ***

Matter to all Americans

Total – 33%

Rep – 61%

Dem – 14%

Ind – 28%

Mainly to Republicans

Total – 58%

Rep – 29%

Dem – 78%

Ind – 62%

DK/NA

Total – 9%

Rep – 10%

Dem – 8%

Ind – 10%

[emphasis added]

Distraction by wedge issue is a feature, not a bug.

Why they fight, today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C111205 02/21/2012 SPENCE FOR GOVERNOR Patrick Heath 704 Havenwood Ct. St Louis MO 63122 ALMCO Sales 2/21/2012 $1,000.00

C111205 02/21/2012 SPENCE FOR GOVERNOR Tracy Hart 56 Hill Dr. Glendale MO 63122 Tarlton Contractor 2/21/2012 $1,000.00

C111205 02/21/2012 SPENCE FOR GOVERNOR Parker Condie Jr 8 Colonial Hills Dr. St Louis MO 63141 Coin Acceptors Executive 2/21/2012 $2,500.00

C111205 02/21/2012 SPENCE FOR GOVERNOR Chemline Inc. 5151 Natural Bridge St Louis MO 63115 2/21/2012 $5,000.00

They can’t care about contraception, can they?