Tales from the Trail

Super Tuesday cheat sheet

By Reuters Staff
March 6, 2012

Which Super Tuesday contests are primaries, and which are caucuses? How many delegates does each state award, and what time do the polls close? What is the latest polling in each state? Here’s a primer to help you make sense of today’s Republican nominating contests:

The 99 percent comes out to protest Romney in Seattle

March 2, 2012

Republican Mitt Romney has rarely faced a critical mass of protesters during his months-long campaign for the White House. But then, he doesn’t often visit the Left Coast. And protesters were out in force in Seattle on Thursday night when Romney held a fundraiser at a civic center in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, attended by the local political establishment and well-heeled locals.

Rick Santorum makes appeal to women, new campaign strategy?

February 29, 2012

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum hailed the influence of strong, independent women on Tuesday night, a turnaround from his past statements that critics have called sexist or anti-women.

Pro-Gingrich Super PAC hits Romney in new ad

February 28, 2012

Winning Our Future, the Super PAC supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, is back at it again — animated advertising, that is.

Santorum, Paul voters turn out at one Phoenix poll

February 28, 2012

Mitt Romney may be leading in the polls in Arizona, but a clutch of voters who turned out early on a blustery morning at a school in central Phoenix favored Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Economy should be focus of 2012 election, GOP governors say

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2012

By Samson Reiny

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination rages on between front-runner Mitt Romney and a resurgent Rick Santorum, governors from their party today said that economic recovery – not social issues – would be the main concern among voters heading to the ballot box in November.

Why Romney’s parents are buried in Brighton, Michigan

February 25, 2012

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Sometimes one story leads to another for Mitt Romney.

At Western Michigan University, the Republican presidential candidate told a packed house his parents, George and Lenore Romney, had campaigned in the same conference room when George ran for Michigan governor and Lenore ran for a U.S. Senate seat decades ago.

The Oscars, an evening of golden statues and golden donors – to Democrats

February 24, 2012

In a presidential election year, the Oscar statuettes are not the only gold-plated figures at Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards ceremony. The audience on Sunday will be sprinkled with big political donors — at least to Democrats.

Washington Extra – Gasoline alley

February 24, 2012

President Obama may have his facts right on what’s behind higher gasoline prices and he might be correct in saying that the causes are largely beyond his control. But even his strong arguments won’t stand a chance with Americans if a gallon of gas heads up to $5 in coming months.

Contraception question booed at Republican debate

February 23, 2012

A question about contraception caused a flareup in the culture wars during the last Republican presidential debate before next week’s Arizona and Michigan primaries and “Super Tuesday.”