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'Ed Show' playbook: Tue., Apr. 3

Republicans in two states and Washington, D.C. are picking their next presidential nominee today.

Republicans in two states and Washington, D.C. are picking their next presidential nominee today.  Polls in Maryland and Washington will close just as Ed goes on the air tonight (at 8pET) and he’ll have first results on The Ed Show.

The polls close an hour later in Wisconsin at 9pET.  Can Rick Santorum survive a defeat there?  

Steve Schmidt, msnbc Contributor and Republican Strategist, former Senior Advisor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, and Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst, will weigh in on tonight's big election [note: polls close in Wisconsin at 9 p.m.; Ed will have a live update at 11pET and, of course, you can always get all the latest results on The Ed Show blog].

President Obama lights up the Republican budget like a pinball machine, saying it's nothing more than thinly-veiled social Darwinism.

Tonight, Ed will have the politics of the president’s epic takedown with Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and Eugene Robinson, msnbc Analyst and Associate Editor and Pulitzer Prize winning Columnist for the Washington Post. 

And Ezra Klein, Washington Post Columnist and msnbc Policy Analyst, breaks down the numbers.

An arrest is made in connection to the Wisconsin Planned Parenthood bombing.  Meanwhile, Mitt Romney unzips a new strategy to win female voters.   Terry O’Neill, President of The National Organization for Women, weighs in on that and the Republican war on women.

A pair of violent tornados slam through north Texas, and entire neighborhoods in Dallas-Fort Worth are destroyed.  Lt. Tim Jones, Public Information Officer for the Johnson County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office, will report from the ground.

And the Big Finish tonight, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been absent from the campaign trail as the GOP candidates toured his state. John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation, explains why Walker might be the one avoiding them! 

It's going to be a packed @EdShow at 8pET on @msnbctv.

Join the conversation now or during the show by commenting on Facebook and/or tweeting (with the #edshow hashtag).  

However, due to the special election coverage, we can't share your thoughts on the show tonight and there'll be no poll.  Here's a special tweet from @TweetTron9k

The @TweetTron9k and the nightly poll will, of course, be back in full force tomorrow (Wednesday) so we can put yer tweets on the teevee!