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GOP Operative Handled Ballots Illegally: NC Elections Chief

Congressional contest between Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready hangs in the balance

(Newser) - A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with in... More »

Congressional Candidate Claim: I've Ridden an Alien Spaceship

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's kept in touch with alien abductors since incident at age 7

(Newser) - ET, phone … Miami? The Miami Herald reports on a GOP congressional candidate out of the South Florida city who once said she's remained in contact with aliens (though telepathically, not by phone) ever since she was abducted at age 7 by "three blond, big-bodied beings" who took... More »

Scott Walker: I'm 'Proud' to Back Ted Cruz

Wisconsin governor says Cruz is 'best-positioned candidate' to take on Hillary

(Newser) - In a move that USA Today calls "not surprising," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered up his "proud" endorsement for Ted Cruz on Tuesday, and he swears it's a real show of support he's throwing behind the Texas senator, not a protest vote against Donald Trump,... More »

Ben Carson Backs 'Cerebral' Trump

Ex-presidential candidate calls Trump a 'leader with an outsider's perspective'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have once called out Ben Carson's "pathological temper" and likened him to a child molester , but in the world of campaign politics, rivals often have short memories—or extremely forgiving ones. Proof positive: Ben Carson's official endorsement of the GOP front-runner, which he announced... More »

Lindsey Graham Suspends His Campaign

He faced a key deadline in his home state

(Newser) - One of the mainstays of the undercard GOP debates is out: Lindsey Graham tells CNN that he's suspending his campaign for president. "I've hit a wall here," says the conservative South Carolina senator. Graham has been consistently polling near the bottom of the pack and hasn'... More »

GOP Race Won't Last as Long as You Might Expect

Analyst: Mark your calendar for March 1

(Newser) - Having trouble keeping track of all the Republican candidates ? Dreading a protracted fight that keeps generating headlines right through the GOP convention next July? Have no fear because things will be nicely wrapped up before then, writes David Avella at Real Clear Politics . On March 1, 2016, to be... More »

No. 17: Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore Enters Race

He's also a former Army intelligence officer

(Newser) - Fox might have to make room for one more at next week's Republican debate . Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has filed the necessary paperwork to run for president, reports the Wall Street Journal . He plans a formal announcement next week. Gilmore served as governor from 1998 to 2002, and... More »

Top GOP Donors Focus Early on 3 Names

NYT says Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Mitt Romney are focus of talks

(Newser) - If you had to name the Democratic candidate in 2016, one name that ends in Clinton quickly comes to mind. But for Republicans? The Washington Post recently counted up no fewer than 23 potential candidates. Which might explain why the New York Times reports that the GOP's top donors... More »

Scott Walker Is GOP's Best Bet Right Now

Virginia's Larry Sabato: And only Elizabeth Warren has a chance of beating Hillary

(Newser) - University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato is out with his updated "crystal ball" on the 2016 presidential elections, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sits atop it on the GOP side. (Note that this is a reflection of his strength in the Republican primary and not necessarily a general... More »

Gingrich: 'CNN Is Less Biased Than Fox'

Newt claims Fox News has been shilling for Romney all along

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich is not happy with his former employer , Fox News, which he accused yesterday of backing Mitt Romney since the beginning of the Republican nomination race. "Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year," he said at a private meeting of Delaware... More »

Rumors Grow Santorum Will Drop Out

Loss in Pennsylvania would be big embarrassment

(Newser) - The Boston Globe takes stock of the GOP race today with this front-page headline: "Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exit." Team Santorum is taking a few days off for the Easter weekend and is saying all the right things about getting back on the trail in force... More »

Obama, GOP Blowing Hot Air on Tax Plans

Mayor Bloomberg: Let Bush cuts expire and pass Bowles-Simpson

(Newser) - Mike Bloomberg sounds a little weary of election-year politics as it pertains to the economy. President Obama, for instance, is tacking way left with his populist call to soak the rich. His tax plan "is a political strategy, not an economic one," writes Bloomberg in the Wall Street ... More »

Want a Pic With Newt? That'll Be $50

Gingrich starts charging for photos

(Newser) - A picture might be worth 1,000 words, but a picture with Newt Gingrich is now worth 50 clams: As of yesterday, the candidate is charging supporters $50 to take a picture with him. In the past, a campaign staffer had been taking pictures of Gingrich and attendees at his... More »

'The Real Mitt Romney' Channels Eminem

'Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?'

(Newser) - Flip-flopping Mitt Romney has been plagued by the question, "Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?" In a new, brilliant mash-up by Hugh Atkin spotted by the Huffington Post , it's President Obama asking that question in a send-up of the Eminem classic "The Real Slim Shady.... More »

Gingrich Lambastes De Niro for 'White First Lady' Joke

Comment at Obama fundraiser 'inexcusable,' says candidate

(Newser) - Watch out, Robert De Niro, you're on Newt Gingrich's bad side: Gingrich slammed the actor today after De Niro made a joke about first ladies last night at an Obama fundraiser. De Niro, speaking before Michelle Obama at the New York event, wondered, "Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum.... More »

Santorum: I Don't Care About Unemployment

Well, yes he does, he explains after gaffe

(Newser) - Rick Santorum had a pretty big oops moment yesterday while campaigning in Illinois, when he boldly stated, "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me." His campaign "doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," apparently.... More »

Santorum: Fox News 'Shilling' for Romney

He gets into heated debate during radio show

(Newser) - The big political focus today is on Alabama and Mississippi, but Rick Santorum managed to draw some attention with a volatile charge against Fox News. The network is "shilling" for Mitt Romney, he said today on Brian Kilmeade's show on Fox News Radio, according to the Hill . The... More »

How Palin Destroyed US Politics

Richard Cohen: Now, ignorance is a virtue

(Newser) - HBO's Game Change is aptly titled: Sarah Palin did indeed change American politics, and not for the better, writes Richard Cohen in the Washington Post . Palin aides have confirmed the accuracy of the film's portrayal of an "ignoramus" who was "determinately incurious"; this year's "... 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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GOP Candidates Stupidly Diss College Education

Opinions: Santorum, Romney hear it from the right and left today

(Newser) - Republicans are coming across as education bashers on the campaign trail, a sentiment that columnists on both the left (Paul Krugman) and right (Michael Medved) express frustrations with today:
  • Medved, Wall Street Journal : He warns that the "angry, populist tone" of the campaign is alienating the GOP from college
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