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Feb 1, 2012

Records show how wealthy shape presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Groups known as “Super PACs” raised more than $42 million to back Republican U.S. presidential contenders in 2011, according to campaign filings that show how new donation rules are allowing a relatively few wealthy Americans to shape the race.

The reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) late on Tuesday offer a vivid picture of the impact of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited donations to political action committees (PACs), groups that are legally separate from the candidates they support.

Jan 27, 2012

Analysis: Republican Romney back on track in White House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney is back on track.

Less than a week after a stinging setback in South Carolina, Romney moved ahead of rival Newt Gingrich again in Florida polls on Thursday and turned in his strongest debate performance yet in a seesawing Republican presidential race.

Three new polls showed Romney taking a solid 7- or 8-point lead in Florida hours before his confident and aggressive debate performance put Gingrich on the defensive repeatedly in their final showdown ahead of Tuesday’s state primary.

Jan 27, 2012

Republican Romney back on track in White House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney is back on track.

Less than a week after a stinging setback in South Carolina, Romney moved ahead of rival Newt Gingrich again in Florida polls on Thursday and turned in his strongest debate performance yet in a seesawing Republican presidential race.

Three new polls showed Romney taking a solid 7- or 8-point lead in Florida hours before his confident and aggressive debate performance put Gingrich on the defensive repeatedly in their final showdown ahead of Tuesday’s state primary.

Jan 24, 2012

Aggressive Romney takes new tack in Florida

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney looked to get his White House campaign back on track on Tuesday, releasing two years of tax records hours after he battered rival Newt Gingrich in his most aggressive debate performance.

Romney, the former front-runner who was stung by Gingrich’s 12-point victory in the South Carolina primary last week, bowed to political pressure and released records that showed he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $42.5 million in income for 2010 and 2011.

Jan 22, 2012

Romney damaged, but has edge heading to Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s expected romp to the Republican U.S. presidential nomination turned into a long and hard slog on Saturday, and he leaves South Carolina as a damaged and suddenly vulnerable candidate.

But beyond the take-back-our-country frenzy that Newt Gingrich was able to whip up among conservative voters in the Palmetto State, Romney still has significant advantages over Gingrich as the race heads to Florida and beyond.

Jan 22, 2012

Analysis: Romney damaged, but has edge heading to Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s expected romp to the Republican presidential nomination turned into a long and hard slog on Saturday, and he leaves South Carolina as a damaged and suddenly vulnerable candidate.

But beyond the take-back-our-country frenzy that Newt Gingrich was able to whip up among conservative voters in the Palmetto State, Romney still has significant advantages over Gingrich as the race heads to Florida and beyond.

Jan 18, 2012

Romney aims to stay away from his income tax issue

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Wednesday to stay away from the issue of how much he pays in taxes a day after acknowledging that his income tax rate is about 15 percent, but a key ally joined rivals’ calls for Romney to release his tax returns.

During a campaign speech in Spartanburg, Romney avoided mentioning the comment he made a day earlier that his income tax rate is “probably closer to 15 percent than anything,” making it lower than the rate paid by most wage-earning Americans.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans leap to attack Romney at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls attacked front-runner Mitt Romney’s business record and his failure to release his tax returns on Monday, looking to halt his growing momentum during the early stages of a debate in South Carolina.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum challenged Romney on his record and urged voters to take a critical look at the former Massachusetts governor, who leads the race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans leap to attack Romney at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – The Republican presidential hopefuls attacked front-runner Mitt Romney’s business record and his failure to release his tax returns on Monday, looking to halt his growing momentum during the early stages of a debate in South Carolina.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum challenged Romney on his record and urged voters to take a critical look at the former Massachusetts governor, who leads the race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Jan 17, 2012

Republicans look to slow Romney momentum at debate

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – A newly trimmed field of five Republican presidential hopefuls opened a South Carolina debate on Monday that gives front-runner Mitt Romney’s rivals one of their final chances to derail his growing momentum.

The debate came hours after former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican race and endorsed Romney, bolstering the former Massachusetts governor’s already formidable lead for his party’s nomination. Romney won the first two state nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.

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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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