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Feb 5, 2012

Romney takes big early lead in Nevada voting

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney appeared headed to an easy win in Nevada on Saturday that would put him in firm command of the party’s see-sawing presidential nominating race.

Early vote results reported by CNN showed Romney grabbing a big lead. With 3 percent of precincts counted, Romney had 52 percent, well ahead of U.S. Representative Ron Paul’s 20 percent. Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich was in third with 19 percent and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum was last with 9 percent.

Feb 4, 2012

Romney looks to boost front-runner status in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – With a huge lead in polls, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney appears poised for an easy win in Nevada on Saturday that would put him in firm command of the party’s see-sawing presidential nominating race.

A Nevada victory would be Romney’s second win in a row and his third in the first five contests in the state-by-state battle to find a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama, fueling a growing sense of momentum for the former Massachusetts governor.

Feb 3, 2012

Republican Romney cruises toward win in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney surged on Friday toward an apparent easy win in Nevada, with a new poll showing him beating rival Newt Gingrich by a 2-to-1 margin on the eve of the state’s U.S. presidential nominating contest.

Romney is seeking his second consecutive victory in the state-by-state Republican battle on Saturday after seizing momentum earlier in the week by crushing Gingrich in Florida.

Feb 1, 2012

Rich Republican PAC may be key player in elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a fat bank account and ambitious fundraising plans, the Republican group American Crossroads is positioned to play a powerful role in November’s battle for control of Congress and the White House.

The Karl Rove-backed Crossroads, along with its non-profit arm Crossroads GPS, led the money chase among independent political groups known as “Super PACs” with a $51 million haul in 2011, according to financial reports filed late on Tuesday.

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.

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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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