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Iowa Caucuses: And They&#39;re Off
 Romney Beats 
 Santorum in 
 8-Vote Squeaker 
iowa caucuses

Romney Beats Santorum in 8-Vote Squeaker

Ron Paul finishes third

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has prevailed in what could well be the closest primary or caucus result ever. With the final precinct reporting, Iowa's GOP says Romney has beaten Rick Santorum by just eight votes, with 30,015 to Santorum’s 30,007 out of a total of 122,255 votes...

In Iowa, Expect the Unexpected
 In Iowa, Expect the Unexpected 
Nate Silver

In Iowa, Expect the Unexpected

...And a lot of spin afterward

(Newser) - History suggests that it doesn’t matter who actually wins tonight in Iowa—it matters who exceeds expectations, or fails to meet them. The media is always flabbergasted by strange Iowa finishes, but they shouldn’t be, writes Nate Silver of the New York Times , because thanks to unreliable polls...

Newt Gingrich: I Can Still Win Iowa
 Newt: I Can Still Win It 

Newt: I Can Still Win It

Gingrich flip-flops on winning as Iowa rivals make final push

(Newser) - It's crunch time in the cornfields, and while polls show Newt Gingrich in fourth place, the candidate yesterday said he may still "pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Iowa caucuses." The upbeat tone, however, only came after a supporter asked him...

Iowa Caucuses Nearly Three-Way Tie: Paul, Romney, Santorum Top Latest Poll
 Latest Poll: 
 Iowa Nearly a
 3-Way Tie 
and more from iowa

Latest Poll: Iowa Nearly a 3-Way Tie

Candidates make last-minute preparations

(Newser) - A day ahead of Iowa voting, three candidates are within two points of each other in the latest poll: Ron Paul is leading the field at 20%, while Mitt Romney follows at 19% and Rick Santorum boasts 18%, having jumped eight points since earlier this week, notes Public Policy Polling...

4 More Join Perry's Va. Ballot Lawsuit

Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, Santorum also missing from ballot

(Newser) - Experts don't believe Rick Perry's lawsuit to get on the Virginia Republican primary ballot will succeed, but that didn't stop four other candidates from jumping on the bandwagon. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum joined the suit, which claims Virginia's ballot laws...

Perry Insiders: Early Campaign Was Clueless

Advisers slam 'unbelievably subpar campaign'

(Newser) - Rick Perry's campaign is playing the blame game as it limps towards the finish line in Iowa. Insiders who joined the campaign in the fall say Perry may be beyond saving because of mismanagement by the team of longtime advisers he brought with him from Texas. "There has...

Top 10 GOP Campaign Moments

Politico looks back, and Rick Perry's 'oops' leads the list

(Newser) - Politico rounds up what it views as the top 10 moments of the Republican primary campaign so far. Some highlights:
  • Perry's 'Oops': Any doubt that Rick Perry's brain freeze during a debate in November would make the list? It may well have killed his campaign. See

Landmark Texas Sodomy Case Slips Perry's Mind

Gay-rights case he opposed doesn't ring a bell

(Newser) - Rick Perry drew a blank yesterday when asked about a Supreme Court landmark decision that struck down Texas' anti-sodomy law during his time as governor. Perry—who defended the law ahead of the Lawrence vs Texas case, and mentioned it in his latest book—said he didn't know about...

Rick Perry Sues Virginia to Get On Primary Ballot
 Perry Sues to Get On Va. Ballot 

Perry Sues to Get On Va. Ballot

Federal court challenge calls signature rules unconstitutional

(Newser) - Rick Perry is taking Virginia to court over the ballot rules that have kept him and Newt Gingrich off the ballot for the state's March 6 primary. Virginia's requirement for candidates to gather 10,000 signatures is "unrealistic and onerous," says his campaign communications director. Perry'...

'Transformed' Perry: No Abortion, Even in Rape, Incest

'God was working on my heart,' he says

(Newser) - Rick Perry's views on abortion have undergone what he calls a "transformation"—just in time for the Iowa caucuses. Perry has decided that he's no longer in favor of allowing abortions in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is at risk, USA ...

With Week Til Iowa, Here's What We Know: Not Much

Things remain fluid, muddled

(Newser) - It's D-Day in Iowa in exactly one week, and with just seven days to go, things aren't exactly firming up among Republican voters. Most media reports use words like "fluid," "unsettled," and "muddled" to describe the situation there. Highlights of today's Iowa...

Missing From Virginia Ballot: Perry, Gingrich

Both candidates fail to get 10K signatures needed

(Newser) - Virginia Republicans will see two fewer options on their March 6 primary ballot: Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich's names will be absent, because both men failed to get the 10,000 necessary signatures. The Republican Party of Virginia noted Perry's status yesterday, and made a second announcement early...

Oops: Perry Botches Kim Jong Il's Name

Candidate repeats Bush blunder on Kim Jong 'the Second'

(Newser) - It's an easy mistake to make, but looks like Rick Perry's campaign was the only one to make it. An email from the Perry campaign yesterday about the death of Kim Jong Il repeatedly referred to the late North Korean leader as Kim Jong the Second. The upper-case...

Perry's 'Retirement' Boosts Pay $92K

Texas governor officially retires to collect extra state benefits

(Newser) - Rick Perry may hate entitlement programs and government largess, but that didn't stop him from taking advantage of Texas' state law to "retire" last January—and thereby boost his salary by more than $92,400 to $240,000 annually, reports the Texas Tribune . Texas' "rule of 80"...

Rick Perry Ad Inspires Wave of Parodies

Atheists, rabbis, National Lampoon ridicule 'Strong' spot

(Newser) - If all press is good press, then Rick Perry's in luck. His "Strong" campaign ad — now the most-"disliked" campaign video on YouTube—certainly has people talking. Its message about gays in the military, prayer in schools, and the "War on Christmas" has inspired a wealth...

Rick Perry: Back Pain 'Fatigued' Me in Debates

GOP candidate says he's 'physically and mentally' better now

(Newser) - Rick Perry says he's feeling great these days—but admits that back pain was bothering him and affected his early GOP debate performances. "I would suggest to you that I was pretty fatigued. No excuses," he tells the Des Moines Register . He touched on his recent spinal...

Perry Gaffes Again, About the 'Country Solynda'

We're sure he meant the energy company, Solyndra

(Newser) - Rick Perry managed to avoid making any major gaffes at Saturday night's debate, only to follow it up the next day with … this. During an appearance in Iowa, he was slamming President Obama's administration for the spending choices it has made. "No greater example of it...

Perry: I Was &#39;Taken Aback&#39; by $10K Bet
 Perry: I Was 
 'Taken Aback' 
 by $10K Bet 
talk show roundup

Perry: I Was 'Taken Aback' by $10K Bet

And more from the Sunday talk shows

(Newser) - Rick Perry today weighed in on last night's big debate moment— the $10,000 bet . "I was taken a little aback" by Mitt Romney's wager, Perry said on Fox News Sunday, Politico reports. "Driving out to the station this morning I'm pretty sure I didn’...

Newt Gringrich Promises to Stay 'Positive' at Iowa Debate
 Newt Gets Scrappy in Iowa 
gop debate

Newt Gets Scrappy in Iowa

Candidates attack Gingrich on policies, personal morals

(Newser) - Front-runner Newt Gingrich took a few licks but stood his ground tonight at the GOP presidential debate in Iowa, Politico reports. After Romney described himself as a businessman—not a politician like Gingrich—Newt fired back: "Let's be candid. The only reason you didn't become a career...

Rick Perry Blanks on Sotomayor's Name

He also refers to the 'eight' Supreme Court justices

(Newser) - Ouch. Rick Perry gave an interview to the Des Moines Register today in which he criticized "activist judges" on the Supreme Court, but he suffered an awkward silence as he struggled to come up with the name of Sonia Sotomayor. In fact, the best he could do was "...

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