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Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Republican social conservative Rick Santorum could see an uptick in support during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan from an unlikely voting bloc: hardcore Democrats. Democratic activists and strategists have launched a campaign to push fellow Democrats and independents to vote for Santorum to try to derail the more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Michigan native and the candidate President Barack Obama’s campaign least wants to face in the November 6 election. “I think Santorum is completely radioactive and will bring an electoral disaster to the Republicans – he could deliver Obama a landslide,” said Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano, who
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Crossroads day for Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney faces a day of reckoning on Tuesday when Michigan votes to either grant him a big victory in the Republican presidential nomination battle or hand him a humiliating defeat. Romney was born and raised in Michigan and his father was a popular governor, but conservatives are threatening to deliver the state to Rick Santorum, who is running neck-and-neck with Romney in the polls in the final hours before voting begins. Most Michigan polls close at 8 p.m. EST (midnight GMT). Arizona votes as well on Tuesday and Romney has a comfortable lead there, aided by the man who
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Romney, Santorum already looking towards Ohio

Regardless of the outcome of Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appear headed for a showdown next week in Ohio. Both candidates plan to dash there later this week. The candidates and their allies already are spending heavily on advertising in the Buckeye State. It’s one of 10 that vote a week from Tuesday, with 419 delegates to the Republican National Convention at stake. “An awful lot of Ohioans are just tuning in to this,” said Terry Casey, a veteran Republican campaign strategist in that state. “It’s going to be a sprint.”
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Jan Brewer endorses Mitt Romney

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination Sunday. Brewer announced her endorsement on NBC’s Meet the Press, saying: I have decided that I’m going to publicly endorse Mitt Romney, I think that he handles himself very very well, he has that pro-business background, he has that political history, that he would serve America the best of all the candidates. “I’m going to get out there and work as hard as I know how to make sure he wins Arizona, and other places of our countries to see he wins those places as
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Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

Speaker of the House John Boehner called Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan on the carpet last week after the often mouthy representative suggested shooting some U.S. senators if they didn’t vote right on budget bills. A source close to Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue Saturday that the Speaker “took Sullivan to the woodshed” in a sharply-worded phone call, telling the Oklahoma congressman to “keep your damn mouth shut!” In a town hall meeting in Bixby, Oklahoma, Wednesday, Sullivan was asked what it would take to get some Democratic Senators to vote for a budget bill.  He responded: I’d love to get
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Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America. On Saturday, Santorum said: Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that they can participate in the rise of this country. Sound familiar? It should. Santorum used the same theme in January but instead of saying “minorities,” he referred to “black people,” then backtracked and said he was “misheard.” “Santorum knows racially-tinged remarks play well with some
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Gingirch, stuck on sidelines, plots another comeback

Largely on the sidelines of the GOP race, Newt Gingrich is pinning his fleeting Republican presidential hopes on Georgia, where his political career began, and a cluster of states that vote the same day. He’s likely to sustain two more losses before Super Tuesday — in Michigan and Arizona, two states he’s ceded to rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — and could be riding a nine-state losing streak by the time the March 6 contests roll around. The former House speaker has no opportunities for break-out performances in debates, which he used twice before to pull his campaign back
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Romney poised for long fight is he loses Michigan

Losing the Michigan primary would strip the last of the varnish off the image that Mitt Romney is the inevitable GOP nominee for president and commit him to the long march he says he is prepared to wage. While a Rick Santorum victory next week would be bad for Romney — a public-relations nightmare for a native son of Michigan — it would mean little to the campaign that still has more money than any other and remains better organized to compete to the end. “There is no doubt that if he loses Michigan, perception-wise, the wheels come off the
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Republicans on Santorum: ‘Enough already’

After a week in which Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign often seemed focused on issues like pre-natal testing, abortion and religion, the message from the Republican Party’s establishment was becoming clear on Friday: We’ve had enough. Santorum, battling Mitt Romney in what polls say is a tight race in Tuesday’s crucial primary in Michigan, sought to tilt the narrative of his campaign toward jobs and the economy Friday evening with a speech in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Earlier, however, there were signs Santorum’s actions this week – his provocative statements against abortion and contraception, his claim that Satan is attacking America and
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Santorum still winging it

After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate. Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. In a reflection of his free-wheeling and impulsive campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator dived in, complaining that rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul had ganged up on him during the debate. Santorum’s move invited ridicule from Romney’s campaign. “Whiny silliness,” Romney adviser Stuart Stevens called
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