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Feb 12, 2012

Romney, in comeback, has narrow Maine caucus win

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney bounced back from midweek losses in three states to narrowly win Maine’s caucuses on Saturday, hours after winning a straw poll of Republican conservative activists.

Results of Maine’s non-binding straw poll showed the former Massachusetts governor with 39 percent support, or 2,190 votes, ahead of libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 36 percent or 1,996 votes.

Feb 11, 2012

Maine caucuses a chance to right the Romney ship

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – Maine’s Republican presidential caucuses look like a two-man race between Mitt Romney, the party’s current front-runner, and libertarian Ron Paul in a small-state contest that has taken on new importance for Romney after his losses in three states this week.

Voting in dozens of local caucuses across Maine’s 16 counties has been going on since late January. Results of a non-binding straw poll will be released by the state Republican Party around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Feb 11, 2012
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Not all smooth sailing for Romney in Maine

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Republican Mitt Romney found it was not all smooth sailing in Maine on Friday night when he was heckled repeatedly at a town hall meeting in Portland at a marine storage and repair facility.

Romney jetted in from Washington to fire up his base a day before the Maine Republican Party announces the results of a week-long caucusing process. But the well-attended meeting wasn’t without some unexpected drama that showed the candidate’s testy side.

Feb 10, 2012

Will Maine give Republican Paul his first win?

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – He is the only one of the four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination not to have won a state primary or caucus.

But on Saturday, Ron Paul could get his best shot at a victory in Maine, the cold, far northeastern state that has given a warm reception to his libertarian views.

Feb 5, 2012

Anger, disarray and double defeat take toll on Gingrich

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And Republican Newt Gingrich certainly will hope the disarray that marred his campaign in Nevada last week will not doom his White House bid as he heads toward a possible Super Tuesday last-stand next month.

Stinging losses to Mitt Romney in Florida and Nevada within a week have sucked much of the energy from the former House speaker’s shot at the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.

Feb 5, 2012

Defiant Gingrich vows to stay in Republican race

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A defiant Newt Gingrich vowed on Saturday to continue in the 2012 Republican primary race and predicted that he could pull even with Mitt Romney in the delegate count within two months.

“I am a candidate for president of the United States. I will be a candidate for president of the United States,” Gingrich said in Las Vegas. “We will continue to campaign all the way to Tampa,” the party’s nominating convention in late August.

Feb 4, 2012

Gingrich raps New York’s Bloomberg on religion issue

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich inserted himself into the long-running controversy about whether religious groups should be allowed to hold services in New York City public schools, and accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of being “anti-religious.”

Gingrich made his comments on Friday in a speech to a coalition of religious leaders in Las Vegas ahead of Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, as he tried to boost support among the state’s social conservatives.

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 3, 2012
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Make way for Clegg, Fizz and Kiss Romney

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Most American voters now know Mitt Romney and some also know Tagg Romney, the presidential candidate’s oldest son. But how about Clegg Romney, Tuff Romney and Fridge Romney?

Chicago-based comedian and freelance writer Daniel Kibblesmith and his friend, webmaster John Holdun, have created the “Romney Family Name Generator” website, romneyfamilynamegenerator.com. Visitors can click through to see a variety of fictional Romney family and staff, such as “Girth Romney,” Mitt’s daughter, and “Fizz Romney,” Mitt’s live-in gardener.

Feb 3, 2012
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Newt’s moon colony — the gift that keeps on giving

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Comedians everywhere surely could not have been more thrilled last week when Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich laid out his plans for a permanent colony on the moon, with the long-term goal of making it the 51st U.S. state. “By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon,” Gingrich said to thundering applause at the NASA stronghold of Cocoa, Florida.

That includes the copywriters at Team Mitt Romney, for whom Gingrich’s proposed moon program is the gift that keeps on giving. Following up on an email over the weekend entitled “Earth to Newt: Tell the Truth,” the Romney Press Shop sent out the following missive on Thursday: “Ground Control to Major Newt: Nevada needs jobs, not a moon colony,” which reminded the former U.S. House speaker that unemployment in the Silver State is still running at 12.6 percent and nearly six in ten mortgaged homes in the state are under water.

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