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The Takeaway

Polls Open in Florida on GOP Primary Day

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In addition to 105 delegates, the winner of Tuesday night's primary will also get all 50 of Florida's votes at the GOP convention in August. This makes this contest more important than Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire combined. Phil Latzman, reporter for WLRN and The Miami Herald joins The Takeaway to give the latest on the ground in Miami.

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The Takeaway

Landing the Latino Vote in Florida

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

With three different victors in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, whichever candidate carries Florida will have a decisive lead. And key to taking Florida is swaying Latino voters. However, Governor Jeb Bush has been hesitant to speak out or endorse any of the frontrunners because of their immigration policies: Romney wants to make English the official language of government and opposes the Dream Act while Gingrich favors tightening border security and proposes visa reform.

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The Takeaway

Romney Looks to Take Florida

Monday, January 30, 2012

One day before the Florida primary the polls show Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Newt Gingrich thanks in part to a $16 million ad blitz across the state by Romney. So has Mitt sealed the deal? Can Gingrich pull out another upset? Romney may walk away with the nomination if he could pull out the Florida victory. We will find out what the field looks like this morning.

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The Takeaway

The Challenge of Florida's Republican Diversity

Monday, January 30, 2012

Unlike the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Florida's Republican base is extremely diverse. With conservative Cuban-Americans in South Beach, military bases in the Panhandle, moderates in Tampa, and predominantly white, liberal-leaning Jacksonville, the candidates' attempts to form cohesive, unique messages will be difficult. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Is Mitt Romney the 'Most Anti-Immigrant' Republican?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney the "most anti-immigrant" Republican candidate. Was he right?

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The Takeaway

Where do the Candidates Stand with Florida Voters?

Friday, January 27, 2012

As one of the states hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, many Floridians have endured either under-employment or long-term unemployment in addition to losing their homes. Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website of our co-producer WNYC, talks with voters in Florida about how they feel about the candidates going into the final weekend before this crucial primary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Florida's Latino Voters

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dario Moreno, professor of political science at Florida International University, discusses the importance of the Latino vote in Florida as the GOP primary nears, and how the candidates are engaging Hispanic voters. Pilar Marrero, reporter and columnist for the La Opinión, a Spanish-language daily newspaper in the U.S., also joins us to explain what we can learn about the Latino vote from the Florida primary.

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The Takeaway

The Audience's Role in a Debate

Thursday, January 26, 2012

With 23 debates held thus far, the GOP candidates have conjured a great deal of applause, cheers, boos and laughter. But whether or not audience reactions are allowed is largely dependent on the commentator and arena: Brian Williams instructed the audience of this Monday's debate broadcast on NBC to refrain from clapping or any verbal reactions. On Tuesday, Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson that he disagrees with silencing debate audiences, and threatened not to participate in future debates that prohibit reactions.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Battle in Florida

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The remaining Republican presidential candidates — Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum — will debate in Florida on Thursday evening. A new CNN poll shows the two frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, are in a dead heat, with Romney leading Gingrich 36 percent to 34 percent. The primary is less than a week away, and the stakes are high.  The winner-takes-all state has 50 delegates — more than Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined.  

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: You Should Run for Office

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about politics. But the answer isn't to bow out of electoral engagement completely.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Why Mitt's Taxes are 5 Times More Complicated Than Newt's

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

According to a tax expert, Romney's 2010 return is on another planet from his main competition, Newt Gingrich.

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The Takeaway

Can Republicans Win the Latino Vote?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Republican candidates kicked off their Florida campaigns at last night's debate in Tampa. Florida is the first Republican presidential battleground with a significant Latino population, and as Mitt Romney battles Newt Gingrich for the lead in the Sunshine State, Latinos across the country are taking note. How the candidates position themselves on immigration and court the highly influential Cuban-American vote remains to be seen.

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The Takeaway

Gingrich's Landslide South Carolina Victory

Monday, January 23, 2012

On Saturday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pulled in 40 percent of the 600,000 primary votes in South Carolina in what has been called the largest Republican primary in history. Significantly, nearly two-thirds of these voters were evangelical or born-again Christians. This win comes in the wake of news that Mitt Romney did not in fact win the Iowa caucuses, and means that there has been no consistent candidate across these three key tests of presidential mettle. 

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The Takeaway

A Look Back at Newt Gingrich's Career

Monday, January 23, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had a long political career. But along the way, as Mitt Romney's SuperPAC Restore our Future gleefully points out, he accrued 84 ethics complaints during his tenure in the House, and accepted a $1.6 million donation from Freddie Mac. But that's not the whole list of Gingrich's malfeasance, public or personal. The Takeaway looks back at the triumphs — and scandals — that have trailed him.

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The Takeaway

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the 2012 Primary

Monday, January 23, 2012

While political mud-slinging is de riguer in primary races, 2012 has brought several not-so-thinly-veiled anti-Muslim soundbytes from its frontrunning candidates. Last week, Newt Gingrich said that he would not support a Muslim president unless they would "commit in public to giv[ing] up Sharia." Rick Santorum also expressed his thoughts on Islam, saying that the concept of equality "doesn’t come from Islam" or "Eastern Religions." Instead, he said, "it comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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The Takeaway

A Democratic Perspective on the 2012 Presidential Race

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Texas Governor Rick Perry dropping out of the race and Rick Santorum declaring a belated victory in the Iowa caucuses, Thursday marked a day of big game changers in the GOP presidential contest. With one day left until the South Carolina primary, frontrunner Mitt Romney is slipping in the polls as Gingrich picks up more support, including an endorsement from Perry. As the Republican race gets tighter and attacks become even more brutal, how is President Barack Obama preparing for his campaign for 2012

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It's A Free Country ®

Watch: Herman Cain and Stephen Colbert Rally in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain are holding a rally in South Carolina today at 1 pm. Colbert is calling on people to vote for Herman Cain as a proxy for him in the South Carolina primary, for which Colbert was too late to get on the ballot.

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Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.

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The Takeaway

Jon Huntsman Drops Out, Rick Santorum Picks Up Evangelical Support

Monday, January 16, 2012

This seems to be the race of late deciders, sudden reversals, and surprising distractions. And perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was that it wasn't Rick Perry who dropped out of the race. Instead, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman will announce today that he is ending his candidacy and endorsing Romney.

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