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Feb 8, 2012

Through daughter, Republican godfather campaigns again

COLUMBIA, South Carolina | Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:13am EST

(Reuters) – South Carolina Republican operative Lee Atwater wrote the book on dirty campaigning before his death in 1991, but this year, another Atwater is stirring up the political scene with hours to go before the polls open here.

Her name is Sally Atwater, the 21-year-old daughter of the notorious campaign trickster. She is an undergraduate and is heading up Students for Newt Gingrich.

Feb 8, 2012

Republican candidates steer clear of “corridor of shame”

MARION, South Carolina | Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:06pm EST

(Reuters) – Amid the flurry of campaigning before Saturday’s South Carolina Republican presidential primary, not a single candidate has shown up in Marion County, a sleepy rural stretch that represents the bottom of the U.S. economy.

Unemployment in the county stands at a staggering 17.3 percent, the highest rate in a state battered hard by the recession. Manufacturing, textile and tobacco jobs have been steadily leaving Marion for decades and now more than 2,000 of the county’s 33,000 residents are looking for work, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Feb 8, 2012

Perry: the candidate who couldn’t shoot straight

GREER, South Carolina | Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:51pm EST

(Reuters) – Rick Perry rode into the Republican nomination high in the saddle, with Marlboro Man good looks, strong financial backing from home state loyalists and a record of economic success as Texas governor.

But it turned out that the plain-spoken presidential candidate from flyspeck Paint Creek, Texas, was all hat and no cattle. From his wipe-out debate performances to his awkward defense of U.S. soldiers who urinated on dead Afghans, the Perry never lived up to his early potential.

Feb 8, 2012

Gingrich aide a force behind controversial ad

COLUMBIA, South Carolina | Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:08pm EST

(Reuters) – In a Republican presidential campaign dominated by attack ads, no ad has been more controversial: a 28-minute film that claims Mitt Romney “looted” companies and destroyed jobs during his time at a private equity firm.

And behind the scenes, no one has been more responsible for pushing the film — or its anti-Romney theme — than Rick Tyler.

Feb 8, 2012

Feisty Gingrich makes plea for evangelical vote

(Reuters) – These are desperate times for Newt Gingrich.

But this is the audience he’s been waiting for: South Carolina’s evangelical Christians, who he hopes will rescue his flagging bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

His message to them is direct and urgent: Christians are under attack, and Republicans shouldn’t trust Mitt Romney to always oppose abortion.

Feb 8, 2012

In New Hampshire, another solid finish for Ron Paul

MANCHESTER, N.H./WASHINGTON | Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:50pm EST

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Outside of his campaign, few people think he is a threat to win the Republican nomination for president.

And yet, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has pulled in a big chunk of the votes in both states where Republicans have voted on potential nominees.

Feb 8, 2012

Anti-Romney video’s trailer ignites a buzz

WASHINGTON | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:17pm EST

(Reuters)- Hollywood movie producers would kill for the kind of buzz that surrounds the barely seen video that could be the next bombshell in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

The 27-minute video, produced by a political action committee (PAC) that supports Newt Gingrich, attacks frontrunner Mitt Romney as a greedy destroyer of jobs during his time as the head of Bain Capital, a private equity firm.

Feb 8, 2012

In South Carolina primary, a fundraising showdown

(Reuters) – The obscure groups behind the spending spree in the race for the Republican nomination for president are about to take it up a notch.

Super PACs, the fundraising giants that have already reshaped the campaign by spending millions of dollars for ads on TV, radio and websites, are gearing up for what could be the nastiest, costliest contest of the season: the South Carolina primary election on January 21.

Feb 8, 2012

After endorsing Romney, S.C. governor feels heat

COLUMBIA, South Carolina | Mon Jan 2, 2012 6:42pm EST

(Reuters) – In South Carolina, the governor’s mansion is on the grounds of a former arsenal that was burned down by the Union army during the Civil War.

These days, that attack in the 1860s seems a metaphor for the besieged tenure of Republican Governor Nikki Haley.

Feb 8, 2012

In Iowa, Republican candidate Ron Paul campaigns his way

LEMARS, Iowa | Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:34pm EST

(Reuters) – There’s nothing quite like a Ron Paul rally.

If you’ve come expecting to hear the Texas congressman bash his opponents for the Republican nomination for president, you’re likely to be disappointed.

And if you’ve come for a fiery pep talk or pandering words about how wonderful your state is, you’re probably in the wrong place.

    • 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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