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Apr 18, 2012

Obama vs. Romney: Close, nasty and unpredictable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 2012 presidential election is more than six months away, but here is what we know so far: It is going to be close, it is going to be nasty, and the outcome could turn on a series of unpredictable events.

Democratic President Barack Obama is a slight favorite now, but as tightening poll numbers suggest, his lead over Republican Mitt Romney is tenuous.

Apr 12, 2012

Obama, Romney trade blows as fight for White House narrows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that got ugly fast.

Both campaigns moved quickly to frame the choice for voters one day after Romney’s chief rival, conservative Rick Santorum, dropped out, giving the former Massachusetts governor a clear path to the Republican nomination to challenge Obama in November’s election.

Apr 11, 2012

White House campaign opens with sharp attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired a series of sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that is getting ugly fast.

Both campaigns moved quickly to frame the choice for voters one day after Romney’s chief rival, conservative Rick Santorum, dropped out, giving the former Massachusetts governor a clear path to the Republican nomination to challenge Obama in November’s election.

Mar 28, 2012

Republican race takes backseat in divided Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The presidential nomination race has been gripping Republicans across the nation, but it’s just a sideshow for many voters in Wisconsin’s primary next week.

Instead of the battle between White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, it’s the passionate struggle to save Republican Governor Scott Walker from a Democratic-led recall effort that is consuming Wisconsin Republicans.

Mar 21, 2012

Santorum has few chances left to stop Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum is running out of time and opportunities to stop front-runner Mitt Romney’s slow, grinding march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney’s convincing rout of Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday, along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Romney on Wednesday, were a one-two punch that intensified questions about how long Santorum can keep his conservative campaign alive.

Mar 14, 2012

As Gingrich stumbles on, many see a Romney-Santorum race

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – It turns out that Newt Gingrich will not take “no” for an answer.

A day after finishing second in Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi that he had cast as must-wins for his flailing campaign, Gingrich pressed forward on Wednesday, even as calls for him to drop out persisted.

Mar 14, 2012

Santorum wins big in South, grabs conservative banner

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Republican Rick Santorum won a pair of crucial Deep South primaries on Tuesday, taking control of the party’s conservative wing in the presidential race and dealing a severe setback to rival Newt Gingrich.

Santorum narrowly defeated Gingrich and front-runner Mitt Romney in tight three-way battles that shook up a volatile Republican presidential race that has already seen a series of shifts and stumbles.

Mar 14, 2012

Exit polls show Romney, Santorum leading in Deep South

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Republicans Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich faced off in a pair of high-stakes Deep South presidential primaries on Tuesday, with exit polls showing a very tight race.

The contests are critical for all three top contenders in a volatile Republican White House campaign that already has featured numerous surges, collapses and voter mood swings.

Mar 14, 2012

U.S. Republicans battle in tight southern primaries

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Republicans Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich faced off in a pair of high-stakes presidential primaries in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday, with polls showing a virtual three-way dead heat in both states.

The contests are critical for all three top contenders in a volatile Republican White House campaign that already has featured numerous surges, collapses and voter mood swings.

Mar 12, 2012

Republicans in three-way battle in Deep South

BILOXI, Mississippi (Reuters) – Republicans Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney battled on Monday for conservative support in Mississippi and Alabama ahead of presidential primaries that polls showed have turned into tense three-way ties.

The stakes are high for all of the contenders in Tuesday’s Deep South contests, with Gingrich fighting to keep his struggling campaign alive and Santorum hoping for a knockout blow that would consolidate conservative opposition to front-runner Mitt Romney.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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