Ron Paul 2012

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Former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist: I'm for Obama

Ron Paul, however, won't support Mitt Romney

(Newser) - Charlie Crist continued his political shift away from the GOP today by committing the ultimate betrayal: endorsing President Obama. "I'm confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation," he writes in the Tampa Bay Times . The former GOP governor of... More »

GOP Convention Plays Nice With Ron Paul

They've set him up with a speaking venue

(Newser) - Ron Paul hasn't endorsed Mitt Romney yet, or even formally ended his bid for the GOP nomination, but the Republican National Committee is nonetheless making room for him and his supporters at the party's convention in August, USA Today reports. It even helped Paul secure the University of... More »

Ron Paul's Plan to Crash Convention Officially Kaput

With just 4 state wins, Paul can be denied speaking time at convention

(Newser) - Right-wing gadfly Ron Paul's bid to buzz the GOP convention finally got swatted yesterday, as Paul failed to win last-chance state Nebraska, reports ABC News . Paul needed a fifth state win to be officially nominated at the Tampa convention, which would require giving him up to 15 minutes for... More »

Rand Paul Endorses Romney (and It Matters)

Ron's son looks to be positioning for 2016

(Newser) - Arguably the most diehard supporter of Ron Paul has packed it in: Son Rand endorsed Mitt Romney, soon after his father suspended his campaign . "My first choice had always been my father," the Kentucky senator told Fox's Sean Hannity, according to the Hill . "I campaigned for... 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 »

Ron Paul Ends Campaign (Sort Of)

Paul done looking for votes, but will keep grabbing delegates

(Newser) - Ron Paul's campaign is over—at least if you define campaign as an attempt to get people to vote for you. Paul's camp announced today that it would "no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so without any hope... More »

Ron Paul Playing GOP Puppetmaster —But Why?

GOP gadfly is gaming the delegate game, but no one's sure what he wants

(Newser) - Ron Paul's campaign has been expertly gaming the GOP primary system, taking advantage of just how boring its behind-the-scenes machinations are to collect more delegates than his vote totals would indicate. Paul's fans have been flooding the otherwise sleepy meetings where state delegates are chosen and electing themselves,... More »

Ron Paul Wins Majority of Maine, Nevada Delegates

Texan's supporters take over state conventions

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has a lead that can't be beaten but the GOP race still isn't over—at least not for Ron Paul and his supporters. The Texan's supporters took over Maine's GOP convention on the weekend and won 21 of the state's 24 delegates to... More »

Romney Wins Delaware, Gingrich's Last Hope

He sweeps 5 states, stakes claim to GOP nomination

(Newser) - Is tonight the night that knocks out Newt Gingrich once and for all? Mitt Romney has won Delaware, billed as Gingrich's last-gasp chance, as part of a five-state sweep, according to the Wall Street Journal . In addition to Delaware, Romney won Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He... 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 »

Romney: 'This Has Been a Good Day for Me'

He says he was surprised by Santorum's decision

(Newser) - Mitt Romney said today he was surprised by Rick Santorum's departure from the race but predicted he would remain a strong voice in national politics, reports AP . The two spoke earlier in the day, and Romney issued a statement calling him a "worthy competitor" and an "important... More »

Campaigning Paul Misses 92% of House Votes

Lame duck congressman posts highest absentee rate ever

(Newser) - Ron Paul hasn't exactly been making an effort to keep up with his day job while he's on the campaign trail. The Texas congressman has missed a whopping 91.8% of roll call votes so far in 2012, the Hill reports, based on figures. While it'... 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 »

Worst Idea of the 2012 Election Is ...

Gail Collins: Americans Elect is deeply 'delusional'

(Newser) - If the worst new political trend isn't super PACs or Donald Trump robo-calls, what could it possibly be? "Since I still have some space here, let me throw in a plug for the terribleness of the idea of Americans Elect ," writes Gail Collins in the New York ... More »

60% of GOP Wants Gingrich, Paul to Quit

Santorum's Pennsylvania lead vanishes

(Newser) - Most Republicans believe there are two too many candidates still seeking their party's nomination, according to the latest CNN poll . The poll found that roughly 60% of the GOP want Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to call it a day, while a similar proportion want Rick Santorum to stick... 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 »

Santorum Banking On Louisiana Victory

State holds primary today, and he's leading in the polls

(Newser) - Rick Santorum is looking to Louisiana for a much-needed rebound as Republican voters go to the polls today in the state's GOP primary. The former Pennsylvania senator is expected to do well in the contest, just a handful of days after a decisive loss to Mitt Romney in Illinois.... More »

Ron Paul: Give Etch a Sketch 'Games' a Rest

New ad mocks rivals' focus on the Romney camp's gaffe

(Newser) - Sick of the endless Etch a Sketch jokes and analogies after two days of near-constant presence in the news cycle? Ron Paul is, too, apparently. His new ad mocks Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and no end of cable talking heads for focusing on the gaffe instead of more substantive issues,... More »

Ron Paul: Secret Service 'a Form of Welfare'

But candidate has chosen a code name, he tells Jay Leno

(Newser) - Ron Paul has a Secret Service code name all picked out, but he doesn't want to use it, Politico reports: The presidential candidate doesn't want Secret Service protection because "it's a form of welfare," he told Jay Leno last night. "You know, you’re... More »

Romney Wins Easily in Illinois

Rick Santorum finishes a distant second

(Newser) - Mitt Romney rolled to an easy win in the Illinois primary tonight, reports AP . With 98% of precincts reporting, he has 47% of the vote, well ahead of Rick Santorum (35%), Ron Paul (9%), and Newt Gingrich (8%). "Thank you Illinois," Romney said. "What a night."... More »

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