GOP establishment uniting to back Romney

GOP establishment uniting to back Romney

The Republican establishment started to coalesce around Mitt Romney in earnest on Wednesday, with Jeb Bush and other leading Republicans pressuring Rick Santorum to leave the race after a thumping in the Illinois primary. But, on what should have been a triumphant day, Romney found himself having to defend his conservative credentials anew after one […]

Grueling campaign leaves candidates exhausted, mistake-prone

Grueling campaign leaves candidates exhausted, mistake-prone

It’s a good thing the GOP presidential race slows down from here: The candidates are even more tired than the voters. And, boy, does it show. Mitt Romney, who scaled back his public schedule this week to get a break, has slept in his own bed just twice since Christmas. Rick Santorum‘s been making the […]

Romney sees Illinois win as turning point

Romney sees Illinois win as turning point

Mitt Romney says he’s “almost there” in his six-year pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination after defeating Rick Santorum in the Illinois GOP primary. “Tonight’s win means we are that much closer to securing the nomination, uniting our party, and taking on President Obama,” the Republican front-runner wrote in a campaign email sent late Tuesday. […]

GOP primary circus: Endless campaign still looking for a winner

GOP primary circus: Endless campaign still looking for a winner

Mitt Romney‘s methodical accumulation of Republican delegates is no thing of beauty, and the public is reacting in kind. The 2012 presidential race thus far is drawing rather tepid interest despite high stakes that include pivotal decisions about the weak economy and the fate of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul. Generally speaking, voter […]

Illinois voters wanted candidate to beat Obama

Illinois voters wanted candidate to beat Obama

Voters hunting for a candidate who can defeat President Barack Obama and with the proper experience helped vault Mitt Romney to victory Tuesday in Illinois’ presidential primary, according to results of an exit poll of voters. His win was also powered by robust margins from people worried about the economy and federal deficits. Main challenger […]

Santorum’s stumbles could cost him in Illinois primary

Santorum’s stumbles could cost him in Illinois primary

As they await an Illinois primary vote whose outcome is hardly assured, Mitt Romney is betting his message of economic proficiency will resonate with Republican voters more than Rick Santorum‘s sharply honed conservatism. Both men were competing for the 54 delegates at stake Tuesday in Illinois. They were looking to score a victory in a […]

Four GOP justices control the fate of Obamacare

Four GOP justices control the fate of Obamacare

Here’s a thought that can’t comfort President Barack Obama: The fate of his health care overhaul rests with four Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices. His most sweeping domestic achievement could be struck down if they stand together with Justice Clarence Thomas, another GOP appointee who is the likeliest vote against. But the good news for Obama […]

Romney creams Santorum in Puerto Rico primary

Romney creams Santorum in Puerto Rico primary

Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win Sunday in Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary, trouncing chief rival Rick Santorum on the Caribbean island even as the two rivals looked ahead to more competitive contests this week in Illinois and Louisiana. The victory in the U.S. territory was so convincing that Romney, the GOP front-runner, won all […]

Final Georgia, Hawaii tallies add to Romney, Gingrich delegate totals

Final Georgia, Hawaii tallies add to Romney, Gingrich delegate totals

Heading into Sunday’s presidential primary in Puerto Rico, all four GOP hopefuls added delegates when results were finalized from contests that happened days ago. Mitt Romney added six delegates from Georgia’s March 6 primary and Newt Gingrich added five. In Hawaii, which voted last week, Ron Paul added two delegates and Rick Santorum added one. […]