Republican presidential primaries

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Trump Gives Speech Hinting at Big Speech on Clinton

Speaks of putting 'America first' on night of California primary

(Newser) - In advance of Donald Trump's 9pm speech at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY, he tweeted , "I will be speaking about our great journey to the Republican nomination"; the media marveled that he would be speaking with a teleprompter for what CNN proclaimed was only... More »

New Hampshire Paper: Donald Trump Is 'Biff'

Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid makes the unkind comparison

(Newser) - Donald Trump is "a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy." He's "an insult to the intelligence of Republican voters." He has "no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of President of the United States." So writes Joseph W. McQuaid, publisher... More »

Donald Trump Talks at a Third-Grade Level

But how does the Republican presidential candidate do it?

(Newser) - Is Donald Trump smarter than a fifth grader? Maybe so, but his vocabulary hovers around a third- or fourth-grade reading level. So says Jack Shafer at Politico : Trump "prefers to link short, blocky words into other short, blocky words to create short, blocky sentences that he then stacks into... More »

GOP Report: Voters Are 'Rolling Their Eyes' at Us

Report by RNC task force calls for messaging overhaul

(Newser) - The GOP is taking a hard look in the mirror in what the Wall Street Journal calls a "scathing self-analysis." In a new 98-page report, a Republican National Committee task force assesses the party's image and what led to its presidential loss in November, and it doesn'... More »

Romney Racks Up 3 More Primary Wins

Add New Jersey, South Dakota, and New Mexico to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has won the New Mexico Republican presidential primary, adding to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to win the nomination. Romney also won primaries today in New Jersey and South Dakota. Two more states, Montana and California, also are having primaries. A total of 264... More »

Jimmy Carter: Mitt Romney Wouldn't Be So Bad

Ex-president also calls Citizens United ruling 'stupid'

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter isn't losing sleep over the prospect of Mitt Romney winning the 2012 election. In an interview with MSNBC, spotted by Mediaite , Carter said that, though he would prefer to see Barack Obama win, "of all the Republican candidates who were prominent, I think Romney would be... More »

Gingrich: It's Over

He says he's only campaigning now 'as a citizen'

(Newser) - The rollercoaster that has been the GOP presidential primary ended with a whimper today, as Newt Gingrich more-or-less dropped out and more-or-less endorsed Mitt Romney. "It's pretty clear Gov. Romney is gonna be the nominee," Gingrich said in a speech in North Carolina, according to CBS News... More »

Newt May Score Upset Win in Delaware

He says he'll 'reassess' campaign if he doesn't

(Newser) - Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Delaware hold their Republican primaries today, and while many observers have already heard the fat lady sing for Newt Gingrich, there may still be a twist or two left in the race. Gingrich has been spending a lot of time in Delaware and... More »

Media Decided GOP Race Was Over on Feb. 28

Even though Santorum didn't bow out until April 10

(Newser) - No one's been nominated yet—but the media crowned Mitt Romney the winner of the GOP primaries after he took Michigan on Feb. 28, a Pew report finds. Of course, Romney didn't essentially seal the deal until Rick Santorum dropped out. That happened on April 10, weeks after... More »

Newt Tries to Get on Utah Ballot ... Bounces Check

Cash problems hound Gingrich's dying campaign

(Newser) - He was hoping for a bounce in the polls, but the only thing bouncing in Utah was Newt Gingrich's $500 application fee to get on the primary ballot, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune . Worse—when Utah officials tried to get in touch with Gingrich's local office, there... More »

Rick Santorum Drops Out

He leaves race ahead of Pennsylvania primary

(Newser) - Rick Santorum is out. He officially left the GOP race today in Pennsylvania, saying his daughter Bella's most recent scare in the hospital caused him to re-evaluate things. "This race is over for me," he said, adding that he'll continue to fight to help defeat President... More »

Romney Grabs Lead in Pennsylvania

Meanwhile, Santorum says 'damn right' we cling to guns, religion

(Newser) - Bad news for Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Santorum's own home state of Pennsylvania. Romney is at 42% support and Santorum at 37% in the latest Public Policy Poll , followed by Ron Paul with 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%. That's a gain of... More »

What We Learned Last Night

Mitt Romney sweeps primaries, but Rick Santorum not going anywhere

(Newser) - Mitt Romney scored a hat trick, winning all three of yesterday's primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. CNN and Politico each offer five takeaways:
  • Wisconsin rejected Rick Santorum: It was Santorum's last shot at winning a Midwestern state , and he ignored Maryland in order to
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Pennsylvania: Santorum's Last Stand?

With losses piling up, Santorum badly needs home-state win

(Newser) - Thanks to Mitt Romney's sweep of all three primaries last night, Rick Santorum's last chance to get the GOP nomination just got closer. Now, it could all come down to Pennsylvania, reports the Washington Post . Pennsylvania is a key state in the presidential election, and Santorum's home... More »

Clean Sweep: Romney Wins Wisconsin, DC, Maryland

Santorum looks forward to 'second half'

(Newser) - Another big night for Mitt Romney: He won the night's primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, DC, reports CNN and AP , a trifecta that should push him past the halfway point in the race for the magic number of 1,144 delegates. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul finished well... More »

Romney Walking Tightrope in Wisconsin

He's backing Scott Walker, but needs blue-collar votes

(Newser) - The Republican candidates chasing the presidency are eagerly embracing Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for his controversial fight against public sector unions. But with an incredibly tight recall election looming June 5 , Walker isn't exactly returning the love. Desperate for every vote and worried that supporting any one GOP candidate... More »

Romney Grabs 7-Point Lead in Wisconsin

But Obama leads Romney in general election polling

(Newser) - Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum 40% to 33% in Wisconsin, according to a new NBC News-Marist poll . Ron Paul follows in third with 11% and Newt Gingrich is last with 8%. Romney leads the way with moderate and liberal Republicans, conservatives, and those earning more than $75,000 per year.... More »

Romney's Staff Destroying His Chances

John Cassidy: Nothing going for Mitt but money

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's campaign keeps shooting itself in the foot, and the GOP frontrunner may have passed the point of no return, writes John Cassidy in the New Yorker . After last week's blunders, Cassidy has finally had to admit "that trying to rescue Romney’s presidential bid may... More »

Santorum: Mitt's Advantage Is 'Bad Math'

Revisions to Florida, other states will change delegates, says Santorum

(Newser) - So does Mitt Romney really have an unbeatable two-to-one delegate lead over Rick Santorum? Not according to Santorum, who called it "bad math" yesterday, according to Fox News . "There's a lot of bad math there that doesn't reflect the reality of what's going on. I... More »

Santorum Wins in Louisiana

But his delegate deficit remains daunting

(Newser) - Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary as expected to keep alive his faint hopes for the GOP nomination, reports AP . Santorum easily bested Mitt Romney to rebound from last week's loss in Illinois. But given that only 20 delegates were at stake, tonight's results won't do much... More »

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