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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
via Tales from the Trail

Make way for Clegg, Fizz and Kiss Romney


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, 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
via Tales from the Trail

Newt’s moon colony — the gift that keeps on giving


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.

Jan 31, 2012

As Florida votes, Romney seems in driver’s seat

COCOA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Florida’s Republican voters go to the polls on Tuesday in a high-stakes presidential primary election that could determine the direction of the race.

In what shapes up as a two-man contest, most opinion polls show Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, holding a double-digit lead over Newt Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker.

Jan 30, 2012

Brady would join elite bunch with fourth Super Bowl win

BOSTON (Reuters) – Possessing ‘All-American’ good looks, married to a supermodel and one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady transcends sport.

But on Sunday, it will be his play on the field that draws worldwide attention. A fourth Super Bowl win would seal the California-born athlete’s place among the game’s elite.

Jan 29, 2012

Former rival Cain endorses Gingrich for president

PANAMA CITY/ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich received the endorsement of former rival Herman Cain on Saturday and vowed to fight until the end no matter what happens in Florida’s upcoming primary vote.

Cain, who ended his presidential campaign in December under the weight of sexual harassment allegations, made the endorsement at an event with Gingrich in West Palm Beach. It is unclear how much impact it will have for Gingrich in Florida, which has been trending toward rival Mitt Romney ahead of the state’s vote on Tuesday.

Jan 28, 2012

Romney seeks to knock out Gingrich in Florida

LUCIE, Florida (Reuters) – Bolstered by positive poll numbers, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday sought to vanquish rival Newt Gingrich in Florida with a biting new ad about ethics charges and a mocking tone about his debate complaints.

Just days ahead of a pivotal primary race that could determine who has the momentum to win the Republican state-by-state nominating battle, Romney and Gingrich traveled around Florida in a final weekend pitch to undecided voters.

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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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