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Mar 9, 2012
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Romney goes after the South Pacific vote

If Republican Mitt Romney is playing his “away game” in the southern United States this weekend, his son Matt is playing the “really, really away” game as he looks to prop up his dad’s support in the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, which hold their caucuses on Saturday. Romney is truly leaving no delegate unturned in his quest for the magic 1,144 needed to clinch his party’s nomination.

Matt (the second oldest Romney son, said to be known within family circles as “the smart one”) attended a lunch on Friday with the Northern Marianas Republican leadership on the island of Saipan, and on Saturday will hold a meet-and-greet and address caucus-goers at the Sheraton Hotel in Tamuning, Guam.

Mar 9, 2012
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Newt’s home field advantage was among the weakest


Newt Gingrich faces some do-or-die primary contests in Dixie, his supposed home turf, over the next few days. Alabama and Mississippi hold their respective Republican primaries on Tuesday with Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker, and former Senator Rick Santorum expected to compete for, and potentially split, the conservative/evangelical vote.

Gingrich, though, didn’t do that well on his actual home turf – Georgia – during the Super Tuesday contests. Sure, the former history and geography professor at the University of West Georgia and 20-year representative of the state’s 6th Congressional district won 47.2 percent of the Republican vote in the Peachtree State. But according to political scientist Eric Ostermeier, that was one of the worst home-state primary performances by a Republican in decades.

Mar 9, 2012

Blue-collar voters elude presidential hopeful Romney

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is finding it tough to connect with lower-income voters in his own party, a record that bodes poorly for success in a potential general election contest with President Barack Obama.

A stream of memorable gaffes on the topic of wealth – Romney is one of the richest men ever to seek the presidency – has cast the former venture capital executive as out of touch with the concerns of working Americans.

Mar 7, 2012

Women, working and single, rescue Romney in Ohio primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney has single women, working women, and arguably, Rush Limbaugh, to thank for his narrow win in the Ohio presidential primary, but that won’t defuse the Republican Party’s “woman problem” in November’s general election.

Exit polling for Tuesday’s Republican contest in Ohio, a national bellwether state, suggest that the rise of abortion and contraception as election issues, and a week of controversy surrounding right-wing talk show host Limbaugh, affected the election.

Mar 5, 2012

Romney builds momentum with easy Washington win

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, earning another momentum boost heading into next week’s crucial “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

With about 80 percent of precincts reporting in the non-binding straw poll, Romney had 36 percent support. Most of the precincts still to report were in pro-Romney King County, which includes the greater Seattle area.

Mar 4, 2012

Romney wins Washington state Republican caucus

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, U.S. media projected, as he gained another momentum boost heading into next week’s crucial “Super Tuesday” contests in 10 states.

With about 58 percent of votes counted in the non-binding straw poll, Romney had 36 percent support, followed by U.S. Representative Ron Paul at 25 percent, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum at 24 percent and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent.

Mar 4, 2012

Romney takes early lead in Washington Republican caucus

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Turnout was heavy at the Washington state Republican caucuses on Saturday as Mitt Romney took an early lead in the non-binding straw poll he hopes will propel his campaign to a strong showing on Super Tuesday.

Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the state Republican Party, said voter turnout would probably exceed early estimates of 50,000, versus about 13,800 in 2008.

Mar 3, 2012

Washington state caucus a momentum test for Romney

By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – Mitt Romney, who regained front-runner status in the Republican presidential race with three state wins this week, could build on that momentum with a victory in the Washington state caucuses on Saturday just three days before crucial Super Tuesday voting.

The former Massachusetts governor led a Public Policy Polling opinion poll in Washington state on Friday, boosted by wins this week over main rival, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, in Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming nominating contests.

Mar 2, 2012
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The 99 percent comes out to protest Romney in Seattle


Republican Mitt Romney has rarely faced a critical mass of protesters during his months-long campaign for the White House. But then, he doesn’t often visit the Left Coast. And protesters were out in force in Seattle on Thursday night when Romney held a fundraiser at a civic center in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, attended by the local political establishment and well-heeled locals.

The complex holding the event also contained the upscale “Shops at the Bravern” mall. After the event fund-raisers could have slipped out to pick up a few items at Hermes, Louis Vuitton or Jimmy Choo.

Mar 1, 2012

Lady Gaga lends star wattage to youth empowerment

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Pop diva Lady Gaga brought her star power, her mom and some of her famous friends, including Oprah Winfrey, to Harvard University on Wednesday to launch a new foundation aimed at empowering young people and stamping out bullying.

“If you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it,” Gaga said as she officially kicked off the “Born this Way Foundation,” named after her 2011 hit album and single, with a series of events at the top U.S. university. “This is about transformative change in culture.”

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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