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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.

Feb 2, 2012

Romney plays Trump card in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump re-injected himself and his wealth into the Republican presidential race by endorsing Mitt Romney on Thursday, a day after the front-runner stumbled with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America’s poor.

Trump, himself an on-again/off-again Republican presidential candidate and former member of the party, said he would back Romney in the race for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Feb 1, 2012

Romney looks headed for Florida victory

TAMPA/ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Mitt Romney was poised on Tuesday for a victory in Florida that would give him significant momentum toward the Republican presidential nomination and send chief rival Newt Gingrich scrambling to fight back.

Romney enjoyed double-digit leads in Election Day statewide polls in Florida, the largest nominating contest so far this year. A win would be his biggest boost yet in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Jan 31, 2012

Romney leads as Florida votes in high-stakes presidential primary

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney held a comfortable double-digit lead in polls over struggling rival Newt Gingrich as Florida’s Republican voters cast ballots on Tuesday in a pivotal presidential primary election.

Florida is by far the largest state to hold a primary this year and a Romney victory would give him a big boost in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November general election.

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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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