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AP sources: Perry abandoning bid, backing Gingrich

January 19, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will abandon his presidential bid and endorse Newt Gingrich, two Republican officials said Thursday, a move coming just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary as Republican front-runner Mitt Romney struggles to fend off a challenge from the former House speaker. Continue Reading

GOP candidates fail to get primary ballots in some states

January 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have all failed to qualify for the ballot in at least one upcoming GOP primary. In other states, they have failed to file full slates of delegates with state or party officials, raising questions about whether these candidates have the resources to wage effective national campaigns. Continue Reading

Defending, opposing Romney: Conservatives find selves doing both

January 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Torn between reality and their political dreams, leading conservatives are defending Mitt Romney against attacks on his work in the private sector even as they search for a more palatable candidate amid a growing sense that his nomination may be certain. Continue Reading

Rick Perry betting southern roots will help him in South Carolina

January 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Rick Perry is pouring on the down-home charm as he seeks a campaign revival in South Carolina, betting that geographic kinship will pay off now that the GOP presidential race is finally shifting to his comfort zone. Continue Reading

FIRE WHOM? Romney draws flak on eve of NH primary

January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney stumbled down the homestretch of the New Hampshire primary on Monday, declaring, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” as his rivals intensified already fierce criticism. Continue Reading

Romney’s jobs record turned against him by Republican rivals

January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals accused him today of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner’s biggest asset into a liability. Continue Reading

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Romney rivals make final voter appeals

January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney tried to float above the fray, as if already picked to take on President Barack Obama. But the front-runner stirred up a tempest that was already brewing over his private-sector record when he declared “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
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Romney brushes off rivals’ barbs in NH debate.

January 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney brushed aside rivals’ criticism Saturday night in the opening round of a weekend debate doubleheader that left his Republican presidential campaign challengers squabbling among themselves and unable to knock the front-runner off stride. Continue Reading

Perry vows to continue campaign: ‘Here we come South Carolina’

January 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

determined Rick Perry said today he will not abandon his presidential campaign despite a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State. … Here we come South Carolina!!!,” the Texas governor wrote on his Twitter account. Continue Reading

IOWA: Romney gains 8-vote GOP caucus win over Santorum

January 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota’s Bachmann finishes distant 6thNarrow Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney was looking toward the next-up New Hampshire primary essentially on his home turf and shaper criticism from his Republican rivals, including new chief challenger Rick Santorum.
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