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Mitt Romney Edges Ron Paul For Maine Victory

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bu the GOP presidential hopeful walked away without delegates in the nonbinding caucuses and tallied fewer votes in the state than he did four years ago. This time, he barely beat rival Ron Paul.

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As Florida Votes, Polls Put Mitt Romney Comfortably Ahead

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Analysts expect that a big win by Romney will put him at cruising altitude through February.

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Romney Counts On Florida To Be Front-Runner Again

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Florida Republican primary is here, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich by a wide margin. When Romney came to Florida last week after a solid thumping in South Carolina, Gingrich seemed to be a serious threat to his candidacy. But Romney's lead in polls has been growing.

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Gingrich Vows To Press On After Florida Primary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has promised his supporters that his campaign will go on to the Republican party's convention. The Florida primary is Tuesday, and Mitt Romney is expected to collect all the delegates in that nominating contest.

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The Golden Age: Florida Primary Centers On Seniors

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just how important is the senior vote in Florida? Nearly one in five Floridians is retired. And a survey conducted by AARP predicts that as many as 60 percent of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican primary will be retirees. Front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have taken notice.

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Does The GOP Have A National Security Candidate?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Active duty and retired members of the military are an important voting bloc in Florida, which holds its primary Tuesday. But which of the remaining four GOP candidates best represents the issues of military voters?

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Florida's I-4 Corridor Influences GOP Primary

Monday, January 30, 2012

Almost half of Florida's registered Republican voters live along the I-4 Corridor. The interstate connects two of the state's largest cities Tampa Bay and Orlando. The state holds its GOP presidential primary on Tuesday.

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Romney Leads Gingrich Ahead Of Florida's Primary

Monday, January 30, 2012

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent the weekend chasing voters and trading barbs in Florida, which holds its primary Tuesday. New polls give Romney a commanding lead in the state, and he was greeted by enthusiastic supporters Sunday. But Gingrich too drew big crowds, and pledged that the race is far from over.

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We Watched So You Don't Have To: Top Moments Of The GOP Tampa Debate

Monday, January 23, 2012

The two South Carolina debates featured raucous audiences who cheered on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. This time, it was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who seemed more comfortable before the more sedate crowd.

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Gingrich's Upset Victory In S.C. Upends GOP Race

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Newt Gingrich has beaten Mitt Romney in South Carolina. The question now becomes whether he can pull off that trick enough times in enough states to deny Romney the Republican presidential nomination.

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South Carolina: Another Unpredictable Point In Campaign Full Of Them

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's been a contest of surprises, with a series of candidates rising to the top to fill the anybody-but-Romney role. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that on the day of the first-in-the-South primary in South Carolina, it's uncertain what the outcome will be or what comes next.

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Rick Perry Quits GOP Presidential Race, Endorses Gingrich

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Texas governor leaves a race he once led. He throws his support to the former House speaker. "There is no viable path forward for me," Perry told supporters this morning in South Carolina.

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Iowa GOP Puts Santorum Ahead By 34 Votes, But Result 'Unresolved'

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On the evening of the Jan. 3 caucuses, it was estimated Mitt Romney was eight votes ahead. Now, official say, Rick Santorum has a slight edge. Still, it's basically a split decision. Some precincts' results are missing.

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Unable To Gain Traction, Jon Huntsman Drops Out

Monday, January 16, 2012

Huntsman's candidacy never resonated with Republican primary voters. In announcing his withdrawal from the race, he says he will support Romney, calling him the "best equipped" to defeat President Obama.

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In S.C. GOP Forum, Romney Gets Implicit Jabs

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Candidates were explicitly prohibited from even mentioning each other during the presidential forum Saturday. Still, going into the last week of campaigning in South Carolina, most found ways to get in a hit without naming their rivals. Front-runner Mitt Romney was the biggest target.

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GOP Primary Campaign Inundates South Carolina TV Viewers

Friday, January 13, 2012

With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.

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Obama's Ex-Car Czar Defends Romney, Bain From GOP Attacks

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Steven Rattner, the Wall Street financier who oversaw the Obama Administration's successful rescues of General Motors and Chrysler, now comes to the aid of some other beleaguered members of corporate America — Mitt Romney in his former role as a private-equity CEO, and Bain Capital, the company the Republican presidential candidate once ran.

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GOP Candidates Laud Bachmann, Who Departs Without Endorsing A Former Rival

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Several former rivals of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were quick to applaud the now-suspended campaign run by the only woman to have sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In ending her own bid for the White House, Bachmann did not offer a specific endorsement.

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Rick Perry To Reassess Bid After Loss In Iowa

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Texas governor said he's returning home to determine whether there is a path forward for his Republican presidential campaign. He got 10 percent of the vote and finished fifth in the caucuses, the opening contest to pick a challenger to President Obama.

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2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.

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