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Days After His Suicide, GOP Politician Wins Primary

NY voters are sticking with Bill Nojay

(Newser) - The loyal Republican voters of New York state's 133rd District re-elected Assemblyman Bill Nojay on Tuesday, undeterred by accusations of corruption—or the fact that he's dead. The 59-year-old, who killed himself at his family's burial plot on Friday, won the Rochester-area district's GOP primary with... More »

John McCain Easily Wins in Arizona

A day after his 80th birthday, no less

(Newser) - A day after his 80th birthday, John McCain cruised to victory in Tuesday's Arizona primary against challenger Kelli Ward, who suggested he might die in office . McCain led Ward, 47—a Trump supporter and former state lawmaker—by double digits when the race was called, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Ted Cruz Says He Might Get Back in the Race

It's all up to Nebraska now

(Newser) - The good voters of Nebraska may pull a Melisandre and resurrect the lifeless corpse of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign on Tuesday. Cruz, who dropped out of the race after losing the Indiana primary last week, tells Glenn Beck he might jump back into the race if he somehow wins... More »

Trump Sweeps All 5 States

Frontrunner dominates Tuesday's races

(Newser) - Donald Trump is having a big night, as expected. Five states voted Tuesday, and CNN called Connecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for Trump as soon as the polls closed at 8 Eastern—and then Rhode Island and Delaware about 30 minutes later. The only real suspense will be how the delegate... More »

Trump Calls Voting for Himself a 'Great Honor for New York'

He's expected to win easily in Tuesday's New York primary

(Newser) - At a synagogue just a few blocks from the tower that bears his name, Donald Trump cast a vote for himself for president of the United States of America, calling it an "easy decision," CNN reports. According to Politico , he also called voting for himself in Tuesday's... More »

Kasich Stays Alive in Ohio; Trump Wins 3

Marco Rubio drops out after Florida loss

(Newser) - It's a campaign-saving win for John Kasich and a campaign-ending loss for Marco Rubio. In the latter race, Donald Trump easily defeated the Florida senator in Rubio's home state. The contest had been seen as do-or-die for Rubio, and it turned out to be die: He suspended his... More »

WVa. Elects Youngest State Lawmaker in US

College freshman defeated her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%

(Newser) - What were you doing when you turned 18? One young woman in West Virginia ran for public office out of her dorm room, and as of Tuesday, the West Virginia University freshman is the youngest state lawmaker in the country, reports the Wall Street Journal . Defeating her Democratic opponent 63%... More »

Thad Cochran Opponent: We'll Challenge Results

Chris McDaniel says he's found 5K voting irregularities

(Newser) - The man who lost a Mississippi primary challenge to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran—but hasn't conceded—has confirmed reports he'll challenge the results. "We believe on that night of June 24 there were thousands of irregularities," State Sen. Chris McDaniel tells CNN , noting that his legal... More »

First Female Citadel Grad Challenges Lindsey Graham

Nancy Mace will officially announce candidacy tomorrow

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has drawn a potentially formidable primary challenger. Nancy Mace, the first woman to ever graduate from the Citadel, plans to throw her hat in the ring, she tells the Daily Caller . Mace, 35, graduated from the military college back in 1999, and has since written a memoir and... More »

Rove, Palin Get Catty

Karl fires back after Palin's CPAC zinger

(Newser) - It's beginning to feel like 2008 all over again: Right down there with soda, Teleprompters, and the many things that Sarah Palin ripped during yesterday's CPAC speech was a self-proclaimed "balding, fat guy" who took exception to her statement that "the architects can head on back... More »

Rove Creates New PAC, Will Butt Heads With Tea Party

Predictably, many conservatives not happy

(Newser) - A big split in the Republican party? Karl Rove's new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, appears to be taking aim at Tea Partiers. The Victory Project, led by the same people who run American Crossroads, has the official aim of nominating "the most conservative candidate in the... More »

Why a Long Campaign Is Worth the Pain

'USA Today' thinks we've learned some things in this endless slog

(Newser) - Young Abigael Evans spoke for a weary nation when she famously broke down in tears : We're all tired of Mitt Romney and Bronco Bamma. It's been an excruciatingly interminable campaign, that's no doubt left many longing for the kind of brisk races seen in Britain and Australia.... 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 »

Obama: 'Radical' GOP Would Have Rejected Reagan

Budget plan shows how out of touch party is, he says

(Newser) - President Obama as expected blasted the GOP budget plan today as having a "radical vision" that rewards the rich and abandons the poor. But another line is getting plenty of buzz, too. He said the Republican party has shifted so far to the right that not even the Gipper... More »

Oops: Some Illinois Ballots Too Big for Scanners

Officials get unpleasant Election Day surprise

(Newser) - Illinois has something to work on for the general election in November: making sure its ballots aren't too big. Elections officials discovered to their alarm today that some ballots would not fit into scanners for counting and had to be trimmed by hand, reports the Chicago Tribune . The snafu... More »

It's Over, Newt

Gingrich must go after Alabama, Mississippi losses, pundits agree

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich lost both Mississippi and Alabama last night, and the calls for him to drop out have risen to a deafening roar. Here's what pundits are saying:
  • "If Newt Gingrich can't win Alabama and Mississippi, where can he win?" asks CNN . The states are "virtual
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It All Comes Down to Illinois Now

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum both need this

(Newser) - Having failed to seal up the nomination in yesterday's Southern primaries , it's all about Illinois now for Mitt Romney. That state's Tuesday primary is the next big one, though Missouri will hold caucuses Saturday and Puerto Rico holds its primary Sunday. Politico calls Illinois "the new... More »

What to Watch for in Today's Primaries

Alabama, Mississippi primaries could seal the deal for Romney

(Newser) - Today's primaries in Mississippi and Alabama are playing an unexpectedly pivotal role in the GOP presidential race. What to keep an eye on, per NPR and Politico :
  • Will Mitt finally win in the South? He's failed to take any of the southern states so far, but he's
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Gingrich: I'm Not Dropping Out

He aims to sweep the South

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich says he's not dropping out, despite increasingly loud calls from Rick Santorum supporters for him to do so. "If I thought [Santorum] was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out," Gingrich said in a radio interview... More »

7 Super Tuesday Takeaways

Including how Mitt Romney is like a world-devouring super villain

(Newser) - Now that the dust has cleared, what did we learn on Super Tuesday ? Among the biggest takeaways:
  1. Republicans don't love these guys: "It's almost like a bad version of Goldilocks. Nobody is just right," quips Philip Elliott of the AP . Exit polls showed that a
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