ANDERSON, South Carolina (Reuters) – After rejection in Iowa and surrender in New Hampshire, Republican Rick Perry has pinned his fading presidential hopes on a long-shot resurrection in deeply conservative South Carolina.
But Perry, the Texas governor who jumped to the top of opinion polls when he entered the race in August, trails badly in a state that once seemed tailor-made for his blend of Christian faith and anti-Washington rhetoric.
Religious conservative voters in South Carolina, shaking off months of indecision, are showing signs of movement toward surging Rick Santorum, a Roman Catholic, but are still badly split in the Republican presidential race. Before they jump off the fence, many of those Christian right voters will need to be convinced Santorum is the candidate who can kick President Barack Obama out of the White House.
GREENVILLE, South Carolina (Reuters) – Religious conservative voters in South Carolina, shaking off months of indecision, are showing signs of movement toward surging Rick Santorum but are still badly split in the Republican presidential race.
Before they jump off the fence, many of those Christian right voters will need to be convinced Santorum is the candidate who can kick President Barack Obama out of the White House.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Even as the Republican presidential candidates fight it out in New Hampshire, a bigger showdown is looming in South Carolina, a conservative state with a history of nasty politics and picking winners.
The state’s primary on January 21 – 11 days after New Hampshire – could be the last stand for conservatives hoping to stop more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, who is likely to charge into South Carolina off consecutive wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he has a big lead in polls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.