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McConnell Trounces Tea Party Challenger

In Georgia, Michelle Nunn wins the Democratic primary for Senate

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dispatched his Tea Party challenger with ease tonight, and first-time candidate Michelle Nunn won the Democratic nomination for a Senate seat in George once held by her father, Sam Nunn. On a six-state primary night, Alison Lundergan Grimes easily captured the Democratic nomination to oppose McConnell... 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 »

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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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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Super Tuesday: 4 Candidates, 4 Storylines

Your look at what to watch for today

(Newser) - It's here at last: Super Tuesday, the day 10 states cast their ballots in the 2012 primary. Here's what's at stake for each of the candidates today:
  • Mitt RomneyExpected to win: Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia. Really wants to win: Ohio and Tennessee. Winning both would give him
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Super Tuesday: Who Looks Poised to Grab What

Mitt Romney basically has 4 of the 10 states in the bag

(Newser) - Tomorrow is looking good for Mitt Romney, who will likely take more of the 422 delegates up for grabs in Super Tuesday contests than his opponents (an additional 15 super delegates aren't bound to tomorrow's wins). He may even walk away with a delegate majority, writes Nate Silver.... More »

Primaries Are Hurting GOP

Even among Republicans, many unhappy with nomination process

(Newser) - A new poll confirms what snarky headline writers have been saying for weeks now: The biggest winner of the long, nasty Republican primary season is President Obama. Four of 10 adults say that the GOP nomination process is hurting their general impression of the party, according to an NBC/Wall Street ... More »

Mitt Romney Holds Onto Lead, Sort Of

Pundits weigh in on what his Michigan, Arizona victories mean

(Newser) - Mitt Romney may have had to sweat a little, but he won in both Michigan and Arizona last night. Is he the favorite for the nomination again? Here's what pundits are saying:
  • We'll let Romney himself have the first word: "We didn't win by a lot,
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Ron Paul: I've Got 'Good Chance' in Maine

Romney also in the state pushing for votes tonight

(Newser) - The GOP chairman in Maine thinks tonight's results from a straw poll linked to caucuses will be close—as in fewer than 200 votes separating Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, reports the Kennebec Journal . He's just not predicting which candidate will finish on top. It's a nonbinding... More »

Romney Returns: $6.2M in Taxes on $42.6M

No income from wages; he'll pay 15.4% on last year's income

(Newser) - Just hours after debating tax rates during the GOP debate in Florida, Mitt Romney released his tax returns, revealing that he collected $20.9 million in income last year, and $21.7 million the previous year—nearly all of it in profits, dividends, or interest from investments. None came from... More »

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