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Mar 11, 2012

Gingrich and Santorum battle for Deep South conservatives

TUPELO, Mississippi (Reuters) – Republicans Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are in a head-to-head battle for conservative, evangelical voters in Tuesday’s Mississippi and Alabama primaries, with Gingrich’s political survival riding on the outcome.

Gingrich’s struggling presidential bid could be at risk with losses in the two states, which would shatter his southern-based comeback strategy and turn up the pressure for him to step aside and allow Santorum to lead the conservative charge against front-runner Mitt Romney.

Mar 7, 2012

Analysis: Once again, Romney wins just enough

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney survived another near-death campaign experience, but a narrow win in Ohio and five other “Super Tuesday” victories did little to ease doubts about the shaky front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney’s close triumph over Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s marquee match-up in Ohio was just good enough: It moved him one step closer to the Republican nomination and averted a dramatic reshuffling in the race to decide who will take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Mar 7, 2012

ANALYSIS: Once again, Romney wins just enough

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney survived another near-death campaign experience, but a narrow win in Ohio and five other “Super Tuesday” victories did little to ease doubts about the shaky front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney’s close triumph over Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s marquee match-up in Ohio was just good enough: It moved him one step closer to the Republican nomination and averted a dramatic reshuffling in the race to decide who will take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Mar 3, 2012

Santorum blasts Romney on healthcare ahead of Ohio vote

BLUE ASH, Ohio (Reuters) – Republican Rick Santorum lashed out at chief rival Mitt Romney on Saturday as “uniquely unqualified” to challenge President Barack Obama in November’s election and urged Ohio voters to join him in rejecting the party’s old-boy establishment.

On a busy day of campaigning ahead of Ohio’s vital Republican primary on Tuesday, Santorum portrayed himself as a blue-collar underdog who would remain true to his conservative principles in battling heavy-handed government power.

Mar 3, 2012

In Ohio, Republicans try to stick to economic issues

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) – After a week in which the race for the Republican presidential nomination often was a forum for divisive social and religious issues, the campaign turned Friday toward jobs and the economy, key issues in the upcoming “Super Tuesday” contests.

Rick Santorum, fighting to stay within sight of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney and score a game-changing victory in Ohio’s primary on Tuesday, stuck mostly to calls for less government regulation and lower taxes in making his pitch to Ohio manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

Mar 1, 2012

Republicans pick their fights for “Super Tuesday”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls are heading into next week’s “Super Tuesday” contests with different game plans but the same goal: find the most friendly terrain to make a stand.

As the state-by-state race goes national with 10 contests on Tuesday, the cost and scope of fighting on a coast-to-coast battlefield is forcing the four remaining Republican candidates to focus on states where they have the best chance to pull off a win.

Feb 29, 2012

Long, divisive White House fight is sapping Republicans

WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s narrow
win in Michigan is unlikely to ease lingering doubts about his
candidacy or head off the possibility of a long and divisive
presidential nominating fight that is damaging Republican
chances in November’s general election.

The close result in Michigan at least temporarily returned
Romney to his frontrunner status and averted an outbreak of
panic among Republicans worried that staunch social conservative
Rick Santorum could doom the party in the November election.

Feb 27, 2012

Santorum win in Michigan could be chaos for GOP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential race faces a potential turning point on Tuesday in contests in Arizona and Michigan, where upstart Rick Santorum threatens to plunge an already unpredictable nominating battle into chaos.

Mitt Romney, the former front-runner and presumed nominee, and Santorum are in a close race in Michigan, the state where Romney was raised and his father was an auto executive and popular governor.

Feb 26, 2012

Santorum win in Michigan could be chaos for Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican presidential race faces a potential turning point on Tuesday in contests in Arizona and Michigan, where upstart Rick Santorum threatens to plunge an already unpredictable nominating battle into chaos.

Mitt Romney, the former front-runner and presumed nominee, and Santorum are in a close race in Michigan, the state where Romney was raised and his father was an auto executive and popular governor.

Feb 22, 2012

Santorum’s push on social issues a challenge for Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s hard-charging focus on social issues has created a quandary for rival Mitt Romney, who usually prefers to steer clear of such sensitive topics and stress his business credentials.

By warning of “the dangers of contraception,” claiming that some pre-natal tests should not be covered by insurers because the tests encourage abortions and accusing Democratic President Barack Obama of following “phony theology,” Santorum has staked his candidacy on appeals to the social conservatives who are especially influential in Republican nominations.

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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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