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Jan 4, 2012

Perry may drop presidential bid after Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, seen just months ago as a strong contender to become the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said he would reassess his White House bid after a distant fifth place showing in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses.

“I have decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight’s caucus to determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race,” Perry, who had led polls of Republican presidential candidates after he jumped into the race in August but committed a series of gaffes on the campaign trail, told supporters.

Jan 3, 2012

Tight race in Iowa kicks off 2012 campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Iowa Republicans cast the first votes of the 2012 White House campaign on Tuesday, with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in a high-stakes battle to win the party’s kick-off nominating contest.

Voters will gather in schools, libraries and other public spots across the state to render judgment in the frequently shifting Republican race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Jan 2, 2012

With 48 hours left, Romney eyes Iowa breakthrough

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The Republican White House hopefuls launched a two-day dash to the finish in Iowa on Sunday, with front-runner Mitt Romney poised for a strong showing that could set him on the path to the nomination.

Romney holds a slight edge over rival Ron Paul in recent polls in Iowa’s first contest in the state-by-state battle to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012.

Jan 1, 2012

Romney leads Paul in Iowa poll, Santorum surges

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney narrowly leads rival Ron Paul in Iowa three days before the state kicks off the party’s 2012 presidential nominating race, according to a Des Moines Register poll released on Saturday.

The closely watched poll, which has a strong track record in Iowa races, showed Rick Santorum surging past Newt Gingrich into third place in a fluid battle where 41 percent of likely caucus-goers said they could still change their minds.

Jan 1, 2012

Republicans scour Iowa for undecided voters

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican White House hopefuls scoured Iowa for undecided voters on Saturday and front-runner Mitt Romney ignored his rivals and focused on President Barack Obama three days before the first votes of the 2012 election campaign.

Iowa Republicans kick off the race on Tuesday to decide the party’s challenger against Obama, a Democrat, in November, with a tight pack battling for the lead and many voters still undecided.

Dec 31, 2011

Tight race in Iowa kicks off White House campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican voters in Iowa open a long and grueling 2012 presidential race on Tuesday, with polls showing Mitt Romney battling Ron Paul for a momentum-generating win in the party’s kickoff nominating contest.

Four other contenders, led by surging Rick Santorum, are vying to consolidate conservative support and break into the top tier in the state-by-state fight to pick a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in November’s election.

Dec 30, 2011

Iowa’s quirky caucuses open 2012 White House race

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The long and sometimes quirky drama of electing a U.S. president, marked by obscure rules and long-held traditions, begins on Tuesday in more than 800 schools, libraries, churches and homes across Iowa.

Iowa’s caucuses, which bring voters together for hours to cast ballots in a public place on a winter night, are the first step in a state-by-state nominating race that ultimately will decide the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in the election on November 6, 2012.

Dec 28, 2011

Iowa’s moderate Republicans: an edge for Romney?

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Iowa’s moderate Republicans are a small and dispirited bunch, but they could provide a vital boost for Mitt Romney in the state’s tight kickoff presidential contest.

While the Republican White House contenders battle for the state’s big but badly split bloc of religious conservatives, Iowa’s moderates are a forgotten minority who have coalesced around the candidate they consider their only choice: Romney.

Dec 20, 2011

Two Iowa faith leaders back Rick Santorum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two prominent Iowa religious conservative leaders endorsed Republican Rick Santorum on Tuesday, bolstering his longshot presidential candidacy and dealing a blow to front-runner Newt Gingrich two weeks before the state’s kickoff nominating contest.

Bob Vander Plaats, head of the influential Christian group Family Leader and Iowa Family Policy Center head Chuck Hurley backed Santorum after the Family Leader’s board of directors was unable to reach agreement on a broader endorsement.

Dec 16, 2011

Romney back in front-runner mode in Republican race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, once the leader and presumed nominee, is back in front-runner mode.

Less than three weeks before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state Republican battle to find a challenger to President Barack Obama, polls show support for main rival Newt Gingrich may already be softening.

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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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