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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.

Feb 15, 2012

Arizona is Romney’s to lose, Santorum threatens

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney faces a new challenge in Arizona’s February 28 presidential primary, where the growing momentum of rival Rick Santorum could threaten to derail what had been an expected romp for the on-again, off-again front-runner.

Romney was counting on Arizona to be his safety net as he fell behind Santorum in polls nationally and in his native state of Michigan, which holds a crucial primary the same day.

Feb 10, 2012

Facing more key votes, Romney can’t afford another stumble

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many Republicans may have growing concerns about their presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but no one is pushing the panic button – yet.

That could change quickly, however, if Romney does not reverse Tuesday’s three-state losing streak to Rick Santorum by winning in Arizona and Michigan on February 28, and then having a strong showing in 10 “Super Tuesday” contests on March 6.

Feb 9, 2012

Biden says contraceptives fight can be worked out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the White House was working to address concerns raised by the Catholic church over a new rule on contraceptives, and he believed an escalating election-year battle over the issue would be resolved.

The rule, announced on January 20, requires religious-oriented groups such as charities, hospitals and universities, but not churches, to provide coverage for birth control as other health insurance providers must do. The Catholic Church opposes most methods of birth control.

Feb 9, 2012

In upcoming contests, pressure is on Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many U.S. Republicans may have growing concerns about their presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but no one is pushing the panic button – yet.

That could change quickly, however, if Romney does not reverse Tuesday’s three-state losing streak to Rick Santorum by winning in Arizona and Michigan on February 28, and then having a strong showing in 10 “Super Tuesday” contests on March 6.

Feb 9, 2012

In upcoming contests, pressure is on Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many U.S. Republicans may have growing concerns about their presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but no one is pushing the panic button – yet.

That could change quickly, however, if Romney does not reverse Tuesday’s three-state losing streak to Rick Santorum by winning in Arizona and Michigan on February 28, and then having a strong showing in 10 “Super Tuesday” contests on March 6.

Feb 8, 2012

Romney still struggles to seal the deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s march to a possible Republican presidential nomination just got a lot longer and harder.

Front-runner Romney left Tuesday’s round of three nominating contests with another reminder of his own shortcomings, after a two-state winning streak that had placed him firmly in the driver’s seat in the nomination race.

Feb 8, 2012

Analysis: Romney still struggles to seal the deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s march to a possible Republican presidential nomination just got a lot longer and harder.

Front-runner Romney left Tuesday’s round of three nominating contests with another reminder of his own shortcomings, after a two-state winning streak that had placed him firmly in the driver’s seat in the nomination race.

Feb 8, 2012

Santorum wins Missouri, one of 3 Republican contests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum defeated front-runner Mitt Romney in the non-binding Republican U.S. presidential primary in Missouri, one of three states holding presidential nominating contests on Tuesday.

Santorum had about 55 percent of the vote while Romney – who has won three of the first five nominating contests – was in second with 25 percent, with 45 percent of the vote counted, according to the Missouri secretary of state’s website.

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