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  • Despite Ron Paul surge, tea party hopes on the ropes in Iowa

    As tea party support splinters along more traditional political lines, polls show that hopes for nominating a conservative outsider who embodies constitutional ideals have withered. The question now is whether tea partiers will embrace a more conventional presidential nominee.
    12/31/2011 11:52 am

  • Antiabortion ads from outlier presidential candidate raise eyebrows

    Antiabortion activist Randall Terry, running for president as a Democrat, is running graphic ads about abortion in early primary states. Free-speech rules allow federal candidates to run uncensored ads.
    12/30/2011 06:02 pm

  • Which GOP rivals would vote for Ron Paul if he's GOP nominee?

    Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney are on the record about how they would vote. Other Republican candidates have sidestepped the matter, saying Ron Paul won't be the GOP nominee.
    12/30/2011 05:30 pm

  • If Mitt Romney wins both Iowa and N.H., it may be 'game over'

    If Mitt Romney wins both Iowa and New Hampshire, it would be a first for someone who isn’t already president. But the Iowa caucuses have a habit of producing surprises, and there are scenarios under which Romney doesn't live up to expectations.
    12/30/2011 04:34 pm

  • Election 101: How an Iowa GOP caucus works

    Contrary to popular belief, the Iowa caucuses are not a part of the state populated by Georgians, Armenians, and Azerbaijanis. Sorry, bad pun. (See Caucasus, a region of Eurasia.) But there is some confusion about what the Iowa caucuses are, exactly. So in a few easy steps, let us explain what will happen in the Hawkeye State the evening of Jan. 3 – the first presidential nominating contest of the season.
    12/30/2011 11:59 am

  • A year of oops: five big political gaffes of 2011

    There’s nothing like a presidential campaign cycle to bring out big political gaffes – at times injecting doubt about candidates, but also offering some much-needed comic relief and glimpses of humanity. 2011 had some doozies, and some of the most memorable actually weren’t on the campaign trail. GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who said the “shot heard round the world” was fired in New Hampshire (correct answer: Massachusetts), nailed the politicians’ dilemma perfectly: "People can make mistakes, and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can't." Here are five of the biggest political “uh-ohs” of 2011:
    12/29/2011 03:23 pm

  • Inside the Iowa caucus poll numbers: Good news for Romney, bad for Gingrich

    Days before the Iowa caucus, the latest CNN/Time/ORC poll has Romney ahead of Paul, with Gingrich falling way behind his earlier strong standing and now trailing Santorum.
    12/28/2011 08:27 pm

  • Virginia: If it's wrong to exclude Gingrich and Perry, can they get on ballot?

    Newt Gingrich is not amused at being left off the Virginia primary ballot, Rick Perry is suing, and some in the state are sympathetic. So what went wrong?  And can it be undone? 
    12/28/2011 08:25 pm

  • Santorum surge: Underdog candidates push for surprise Iowa caucus 'win'

    A new Iowa caucus poll appears to show Rick Santorum surging at just the right moment, rising into third place as Gingrich falls. But he's not the only underdog hoping for an Iowa surprise.
    12/28/2011 06:48 pm

  • Campaign ads go negative in Iowa as Romney, Gingrich, Ron Paul mix it up (VIDEO)

    Campaign ads bombard Iowa, as the Republican candidates and their surrogates step up efforts to raise doubts among caucus-goers about their rivals. In some ads, that means going negative.
    12/28/2011 05:34 pm

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