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Paul Ryan Gets in Line: Unify This Party at Last

As Chris Christie dusts off his prosecutor's hat

(Newser) - Republicans kicked off the second night of their convention with all the pomp one might expect from a political convention, with a healthy dose of Capitol Hill heavyweights on display, as well as C-list celebrities. Highlights, via the AP , the Guardian , and the Washington Post :
  • Paul Ryan rallied for Donald
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Trump Jr.: Dad Has 'Record of Accomplishing Impossible'

Tiffany Trump had some words about her dad, too

(Newser) - Donald Trump's adult children were on the Republican National Convention floor in Cleveland Tuesday evening to witness their father take the GOP nomination for president, and two of them took to the stage to offer their personal take on the man who fathered them. Tiffany Trump, Trump's daughter... More »

Trump Breaks Tradition, Shows at Convention for Day 2

This time via video from Trump Tower

(Newser) - "Good evening. Are you having fun?" That was Tuesday night's greeting from the new GOP nominee , patched in via video from Trump Tower "through the medium that cemented the former star of The Apprentice as a household name more than a decade ago," Politico notes. "... More »

AP: Trump Hits Magic Number of Delegates

Puts him at 1238, based on interviews with unbound delegates

(Newser) - The AP is declaring this to be a milestone day for Donald Trump: The news service says he has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination. The declaration comes after interviews with some of the party's unbound delegates, who told the AP they would support... More »

Rubio to States' GOPs: I Still Want All My Delegates

Ex-POTUS contender trying to hold onto his wins to keep Trump from getting nomination

(Newser) - Donald Trump told Anderson Cooper on Tuesday he may not support the GOP nominee if it's not him. Former rival Marco Rubio, meanwhile, is doing everything he can to make sure Trump will eventually have to make that choice, trying to hold onto the 172 delegates he won to... More »

'The Doctor Sinks' in New Quinnipiac Poll

Ben Carson falls 7 points to 3rd place, with 16% to Trump's 27%

(Newser) - While nothing seems to be able to topple Donald "Teflon Don" Trump, Ben Carson isn't enjoying the same kind of luck. The former neurosurgeon plummeted 7 percentage points in a newly released Quinnipiac University poll , falling to third place with 16%, Politico reports. Meanwhile, Trump absorbed 3 points,... More »

There's a New Leader of GOP Pack: Ben Carson

Ben Carson has overtaken Donald Trump in new national poll

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham is probably still shaking his befuddled head after results from the latest national poll showing who's in the lead for the GOP nomination. This time it's Ben Carson on top, per a CBS News/New York Times poll, showing that the retired neurosurgeon has obviously not taken... More »

Trump's Running a Weird Campaign and He Knows It

'I hope they attack me, because everybody who attacks me is doomed'

(Newser) - "Let Trump Be Trump" is the sign that hangs in the presidential candidate's campaign headquarters in his eponymous NYC tower, and there doesn't seem to be any indication that the Donald's staffers are letting him do anything but that. The real-estate tycoon has coasted to the... More »

Trump Manages 33 Bush Insults in 35 Minutes

Washington Post: His feud with family goes back decades

(Newser) - He ripped into George HW Bush for raising taxes "monstrously" and labeled George W. Bush "a horrible president—possibly the worst in the history of this country." So it's no surprise that Donald Trump now has Jeb Bush in his crosshairs—the latest result of a... More »

'I'm in': Scott Walker Joins Crowded GOP Field

Wis. governor says 'Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them'

(Newser) - Make room, GOPers: Scott Walker is running for president. "I'm in. I'm running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them," he tweeted ( this time for real ) today. But for the Wisconsin governor—who dropped a "barn-burner... More »

Bobby Jindal's 'Major' Revelation Coming in 3 Weeks

Louisiana governor to announce presidential plans on June 24: adviser

(Newser) - As of EOD on June 11, Louisiana's legislative session will be over—which means Bobby Jindal will have a bit more free time on his hands. We'll apparently find out June 24 if that means the Pelican State's Republican governor will be vying for the nation's... More »

Guess Who's Mulling a Run for President Again

'I am the only one who can make America truly great again,' Donald Trump says

(Newser) - Last we heard from Donald Trump he was embroiled in battle with a "malicious" Florida airport, but it appears he's now set his sights on a loftier goal: considering a 2016 POTUS run, the AP reports. Trump, who has hinted at running in the past, announced today that... More »

Romney Clinches GOP Nomination

Texas finally pushes him over the delegate mark

(Newser) - It took a while, but Mitt Romney has arrived at 1,144, the number of delegates necessary to clinch the Republican nomination. The results from the Texas primary tonight pushed him over the milestone, reports AP . With 94% of precincts reporting, Romney grabbed 69% of the vote, well over the... More »

Why Writing Off Romney a Year Ago Was Foolish

Conventional wisdom wasn't so wise: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Mitt Romney will reach the magic delegate number in Texas tonight to clinch the nomination , and you'll be forgiven for stifling a yawn. But while his victory is a foregone conclusion at this point, Steve Kornacki at Salon looks back to just a year ago when it was anything... More »

Romney Looks to Shut Door for Good on Santorum

He leads in Wisconsin as coverage tilts his way

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has been declared the "presumptive nominee" time and again in this race, but the coverage heading into Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin suggests this time, really and truly, it's the real deal. It helps that Romney leads in the polls and has racked up high-level endorsements... More »

How Gingrich Won SC— Conservatives

'Very' and 'Somewhat' conservatives went Gingrich, 'liberals' went Romney

(Newser) - So how did Newt Gingrich pull off his stunning upset in South Carolina yesterday? Unsurprisingly, by appealing to conservatives, writes Politico . Exit polls indicate that 45% of people calling themselves "very conservative" went to Gingrich, vs. 20% to Rick Santorum and 10% to Ron Paul—Mitt Romney took just... More »

What Mitt's Loss (and Newt's Win) Mean

GOP voters angry, stuck with bad candidates, say pundits

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's big win in South Carolina has the Republican establishment squirming and political experts churning, trying to explain what the results mean:
  • GOP base in revolt. "People are mad as hell they are about to be stuck with another boring, moderate, uninspiring choice that has at best
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The Elephants in Romney's Room

Politico runs down the issues that could derail his candidacy

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is looking like the inevitable nominee, but there are still some elephants that have been lurking in the room since the start of his campaign. Alexander Burns of Politico runs down the issues threatening him:
  • The Bain problem: So far, Romney's deflected attacks on his private equity
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Gingrich's Stock Plunges on InTrade

Betters only give him a 14% chance

(Newser) - If you had to put your money on it, would you bet that Newt Gingrich will win the Republican nomination? If so, you're in the minority. After days of punishing attacks, Gingrich's odds of victory on InTrade have plummeted, observes Zeke Miller of Business Insider . At one point,... More »

Romney Dips Below 50% on Intrade for First Time

As Newt Gingrich creeps up on him at odds website

(Newser) - Business Insider takes note of a milestone of sorts in the Republican race: Mitt Romney dropped below 50% for the first time today at Intrade , the site that allows people to wager on predictions. Romney slipped to 49.3% this morning, down from 70% at the start of the... More »

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