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Gingrich wins Georgia but future still looks shaky

Newt Gingrich kept his presidential bid alive on Tuesday with a landslide win in his home state of Georgia, but his southern strategy to fight back to the top in the Republican White House race looked shaky. The former House of Representatives speaker won the Georgia primary – one of ten “Super Tuesday” contests – by 47 percent of the vote against second-placed Rick Santorum with 20 percent. But Gingrich’s plan to become the southern candidate and recalibrate his flagging campaign took a hit when he slumped to third place in both Tennessee and Oklahoma. In a victory speech in
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Georgia win might not be enough to save Gingrich

Newt Gingrich appears likely to win the Republican presidential primary in his home state of Georgia on Tuesday but his plan to launch a wider “Southern Strategy” to recover his front-runner status looks less of a sure thing. Gingrich spent much of the last week campaigning on his home turf while main rivals Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney concentrated on trying to win Ohio in the runup to “Super Tuesday,” when 10 states hold Republican nominating contests. A poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research showed Gingrich well ahead of his competitors in Georgia, with 38 percent of likely Republican voters
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Rick Santorum’s risky running game

As Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum fought for his political life in 2006, his ally Senator Arlen Specter offered a word of advice: Just stop talking. What Specter meant was that Santorum should stop talking about social issues, according to Adrienne Baker Green, a Specter aide who witnessed the exchange. Santorum’s outspoken style on issues such as abortion and women in the workplace, which had once made him a star among social conservatives, appeared to be alienating more moderate Pennsylvania voters who would decide his fate in November 2006. Santorum responded: “I can’t stop. Everyone is listening,” says Baker Green. Specter
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Romney appears to have momentum going into Super Tuesday

Mitt Romney gained momentum on the eve of Super Tuesday as he sought a victory in Ohio that could potentially land a knockout blow on rival Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race. Voters in 10 states across America will have their say on Tuesday in what promises to be a pivotal day in the see-saw contest to see who will take on President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November 6 general election. Ohio, a largely working class swing state in the so-called Rust Belt that is crucial to Obama’s re-election chances, is considered the big prize and a
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Super Tuesday showdown: Hype or a defining day for GOP?

On the eve of their Super Tuesday showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strained for an edge in Ohio on Monday and braced for the 10 primaries and caucuses likely to redefine the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich, though winless for more than a month, campaigned in Tennessee and issued a stream of signals that he intended to stay in the race. In a race marked by unpredictability, Romney’s superior organization and the support of an especially deep-pocketed super PAC allowed him to compete all across the Super Tuesday landscape and potentially pick up more than half
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If Americans really want change, why don’t they vote for it?

For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that American voters really do want something different in their candidates. We hear the rationales all the time: Politics is too packaged, too plastic, too driven by polls and consultants and focus groups.  What we need is a politicians who says what he (or she) means, means what they say and stands up for his or her beliefs. From time to time, we get one of those: A Ross Perot or Ron Paul or whatever.  They generate a lot of buzz but then — in the end — the same pre-packaged, consultant-driven and
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Will Tuesday be super for Mitt Romney?

As Super Tuesday approaches, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have regained momentum in his quest for the Republican Presidential nomination. In Ohio, the state that many political watchers consider critical and key among the 10 state contests Tuesday, Romney has closed what was once a double-deficit lead by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to a tie. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released over the weekend shows Romney and Santorum tied at 32 percent.  Most political experts feel Santorum must win in Ohio to keep his campaign alive. Some felt the same way about Michigan, where Santorum fell from a double-digit
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Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

Libertarian Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul Sunday said victims of tornadoes that spread death and destruction across the  South and Midwest don’t deserve federal aid. Said Paul on CNN’s State of the Union: There is no such thing as federal money.  Federal money is just what they seal from the state sand steal from you and me.  The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance. Paul said he does see a role for the National Guard to provide assistance but he also believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Cantor endorses Romney for GOP Presidential nod

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President. Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, said Romney is the only candidate with a “pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future.”  His endorsement comes just two days before the Virginia primary where only Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul appear on the GOP ballot. One GOP strategist told Capitol Hill Blue Sunday that Cantor’s endorsement is “a surprise that came out of the blue.” “I didn’t see that one coming,” Lawrence Olsen said. Cantor called Romney’s programs best for the party because they create jobs and “make
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Romney notches another win, looks towards Super Tuesday

A Washington state victory in hand, Mitt Romney is looking ahead to Tuesday’s 10-state bonanza that features contests from Alaska to Ohio to Massachusetts, millions in campaign spending and the largest single day of voting yet in the Republicans’ topsy-turvy primary race. The former Massachusetts governor won Saturday night’s low-turnout caucuses, adding another win to his tally and gaining momentum in his drive to the GOP nomination. Leading in delegates to the GOP’s national convention, Romney looked to defend his front-runner standing even while rivals Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul sought to keep their candidacies afloat. “The voters
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