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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.

Feb 5, 2012

Gingrich vows to take fight to ‘timid’ Romney

LAS VEGAS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Republican Newt Gingrich
vowed on Sunday to press ahead with his struggling presidential
bid after another big loss in Nevada, saying he will focus on
drawing a contrast with “timid” rival Mitt Romney.

Romney, the Republican front-runner, easily thumped Gingrich
in Nevada on Saturday for his second consecutive win and third
in the first five contests in the state-by-state battle to pick
a challenger to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the
November election.

Feb 5, 2012

Republican Romney sails to easy win in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Republican front-runner
Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in Nevada on Saturday,
crushing his three remaining rivals and taking firm command of
the party’s volatile presidential nominating race.

With 10 percent of the vote counted, Romney had 48 percent,
more than double that of each of his closest rivals, former U.S.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Representative Ron Paul.

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.

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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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