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Mar 26, 2012

As pressure builds, Santorum shows a dark side

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Rick Santorum began his presidential campaign by roaming Iowa in a pickup truck, boosted by peppy television ads that showed him walking through a garden with his wife and holding his youngest daughter.

Now, with his frustration apparently building over what he sees as slanted news coverage that favors Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, Santorum and his campaign are showing a dark side.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana, flexing Southern muscle

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum cruised to victory in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary on Saturday but still trails Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count for the party nomination.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was projected to finish second. Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich was third, but immediately rejected suggestions he should drop out. Texas congressman Ron Paul ran fourth.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana Republican primary: CNN

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican primary on Saturday, CNN projected based on exit polls, adding an 11th state to his total but still trailing Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count.

The network made the call moments after voting closed, citing Santorum’s lead among voters in all income groups except for the very wealthy.

Mar 23, 2012

Santorum clarifies remarks on sticking with Obama

WEST MONROE, Louisiana (Reuters) – Rick Santorum tried on Friday to clarify his remarks that Americans might as well stick with President Barack Obama rather than elect Republican rival Mitt Romney, and accused reporters of swallowing the Romney camp’s spin on the White House race.

Santorum, campaigning in Louisiana before Saturday’s nominating contest, said he would support whoever won the Republican nomination to face Obama in the November 6 general election, but repeated his argument that Romney was too similar to the president.

Mar 21, 2012

Early exit polls give Romney lead in Illinois

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney had a comfortable edge over top rival Rick Santorum in early exit polls on Tuesday in the Illinois primary, where he hopes to move one step closer to clinching the party’s presidential nomination.

A solid Romney win in Illinois could give him a fresh burst of momentum in the volatile campaign for the White House and persuade Republicans to rally around the former Massachusetts governor and end an increasingly bitter nominating battle.

Mar 20, 2012

Romney aims to widen lead with Illinois win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Front-runner Mitt Romney appeared poised to widen his lead in the Republican presidential race with a victory on Tuesday in Illinois, where polls show he has a comfortable edge over top rival Rick Santorum.

Romney hopes a solid win in Illinois will give him a fresh burst of momentum in the volatile campaign for the White House and persuade Republicans to rally around the former Massachusetts governor and end an increasingly bitter nominating battle.

Mar 20, 2012

Romney aims for Illinois win to widen Republican lead

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Front-runner Mitt Romney appeared poised to widen his lead in the Republican presidential race with a victory on Tuesday in Illinois, where polls show he has a comfortable edge over top rival Rick Santorum.

Romney hopes a solid win in Illinois will give him a fresh burst of momentum in the volatile campaign for the White House and persuade Republicans to rally around the former Massachusetts governor and end an increasingly bitter nominating battle.

Mar 19, 2012

In urban north, Santorum searches for U.S. heartland

EFFINGHAM, Illinois (Reuters) – In Tuesday’s Republican primary in Illinois, most votes will be cast in the suburbs and towns ringing Chicago, but Rick Santorum has his eye elsewhere.

Despite needing a win to slow Mitt Romney’s trudge toward the nomination, Santorum has campaigned largely in rural parts of Illinois, where, he said, “the heartland really begins.”

Mar 16, 2012

For Romney, a campaign shaped by Bush allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In November 2010, supporters of George W. Bush gathered on a college campus in Dallas, Texas, to mark the groundbreaking of Bush’s presidential library.

Among those in the invitation-only crowd – which included former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a former Colombian president and singer Wayne Newton – was Mitt Romney.

Mar 2, 2012

Now a front-runner, Santorum is still winging it

(Reuters) – After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate.

Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. In a reflection of his free-wheeling and impulsive campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator dived in, complaining that rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul had ganged up on him during the debate.

    • About Samuel

      "Sam is a Reuters correspondent covering the 2012 campaign. Previously, he was an associate editor at Newsweek and a staff reporter for The Daily Beast. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe and The New York Observer."
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