Rick Santorum http://kut.org en Santorum's Exit a Blow to Texas' Presidential Primary http://kut.org/post/santorums-exit-blow-texas-presidential-primary <p>Rick Santorum&rsquo;s withdrawal today from the 2012 presidential contest makes Texas Republicans, once again, all but irrelevant in their party&rsquo;s nomination process.</p><p>The drawn-out nature of the race had given party activists rare hope that this would be the most competitive presidential primary since 1976, when Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford duked it out in a contest that didn&rsquo;t end until the party&rsquo;s convention.</p><p>But a legal fight this year over redistricting pushed the Texas primary to May 29&nbsp;from early March.</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:52:00 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 4011 at http://kut.org Santorum's Exit a Blow to Texas' Presidential Primary Reports: Rick Santorum Dropping Out of GOP Race http://kut.org/post/reports-rick-santorum-dropping-out-gop-race <p>Sources say that former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is abandoning his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.&nbsp;</p><p><em>The &nbsp;New York Times </em><a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/santorum-to-suspend-presidential-campaign/">cites two Santorum&nbsp;advisors</a>, who say Santorum will make the announcement in his home state of Pensylvania.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:38:11 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4010 at http://kut.org Reports: Rick Santorum Dropping Out of GOP Race The (Very) Long Goodbye: Why Some Candidates Can't Stop Running http://kut.org/post/very-long-goodbye-why-some-candidates-cant-stop-running Two of the most important factors during a primary campaign are momentum and math — meaning how many delegates you've got.<p>What do you do when neither one of those things is running in your favor?<p>That's a question people are starting to ask about former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — and have wondered about for a while now about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.<p>Santorum (and the others) not only lost Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:00:59 +0000 3979 at http://kut.org The (Very) Long Goodbye: Why Some Candidates Can't Stop Running Lots of GOP Money Flowing From the 'Texas Two' http://kut.org/post/lots-gop-money-flowing-texas-two The latest reports from the Federal Election Commission shed new light on the political largesse of two Texas businessmen who have become common names in the world of Republican fundraising.<p>With a $1 million check in February to the superPAC backing Rick Santorum, Dallas nuclear waste dump owner Harold Simmons and his wife, Annette, have now contributed to groups supporting all three of the top GOP candidates.<p>And Houston home builder Bob Perry tripled his 2011 investment in the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney: His $3 million donation made up nearly half of Restore Our Future's total t Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:16:08 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 3894 at http://kut.org Lots of GOP Money Flowing From the 'Texas Two' New Republic: The Two Candidate Race Has Arrived http://kut.org/post/new-republic-two-candidate-race-has-arrived <em>Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for </em>The New Republic<p>The conventional wisdom as polls opened in Alabama and Mississippi was that Santorum would likely be the big loser by failing to beat Romney or snuff Gingrich. That scenario made sense: Santorum was not only flagging in the polls, but had a <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_03/romney_air_superiorityagain036029.php">decided financial disadvantage</a> in these two states. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:41:15 +0000 3842 at http://kut.org New Republic: The Two Candidate Race Has Arrived New Republic: Is The South Too Much For The GOP? http://kut.org/post/new-republic-south-too-much-gop <em>Alec MacGillis is a writer for </em>The New Republic<p>The year before his 2010 retirement from the Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich offered one of the <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2009/07/george_voinovich_southern_man.html">more candid and colorful recent assessments </a>of what had happened to his party. Asked by<em>The Columbus Dispatch</em> what his party's biggest problem was, he answered: "We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns. It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:48:55 +0000 Alec MacGillis 3831 at http://kut.org New Republic: Is The South Too Much For The GOP? Super Tuesday: 4 Things To Watch http://kut.org/post/super-tuesday-4-things-watch Super Tuesday 2012 is finally here, with Republican presidential preference contests — a mix of primaries and caucuses — occurring <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147986925/super-tuesday-at-a-glance">in 10 states</a> from sea to shining sea.<p>While the 2012 race for the GOP nomination likely won't be over by Wednesday morning, it could seem far closer to being so, especially if Mitt Romney sweeps contests everywhere but, say, Georgia, where the former congressman from the Peach State, Newt Gingrich, is expected to have a good night.<p>Even if he doesn't take all of Tuesday's contests, Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:19:17 +0000 Frank James, NPR 3784 at http://kut.org Super Tuesday: 4 Things To Watch New Republic: Super Tuesday Primer http://kut.org/post/new-republic-super-tuesday-primer The New Republic <em>staff composed this article.</em><p><strong>Ohio</strong> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:18:05 +0000 TNR Staff 3758 at http://kut.org New Republic: Super Tuesday Primer Santorum Could Lose Michigan Vote But Still Gain Delegates http://kut.org/post/santorum-could-lose-michigan-vote-still-gain-delegates If primaries and caucus victories are still all about media attention and momentum, then, yes, it's critical who wins Michigan's statewide vote Tuesday. All the more so if that winner is not Mitt Romney, who grew up there and whose dad was governor in the 1960s.<p>But as to collecting actual delegates for the actual GOP nomination? Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:16:20 +0000 S.V. Dáte 3741 at http://kut.org Santorum Could Lose Michigan Vote But Still Gain Delegates AM Update: 'Hog Out' in Hardeman, Details on UT Athletics Firing, and Santorum's Austin Stop http://kut.org/post/am-update-hog-out-hardeman-details-ut-athletics-firing-and-santorums-austin-stop <p><strong>Hardeman&nbsp;County Wins &quot;Hog Out Challenge&quot;</strong></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:55:44 +0000 Carlos Morales 3725 at http://kut.org AM Update: 'Hog Out' in Hardeman, Details on UT Athletics Firing, and Santorum's Austin Stop Signs of a Ron Paul/Mitt Romney Alliance? http://kut.org/post/signs-ron-paulmitt-romney-alliance <p>After <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/desert-face-may-have-closed-out-debate-season-so-what-did-we-learn">last night&rsquo;s Republican debate</a>, supporters of <a href="http://www.ricksantorum.com/">Rick Santorum</a> are alleging a cease-fire agreement between former Massachusetts Gov. <a href="http://mittromney.com/">Mitt Romney</a> and Texas Rep. <a href="http://www.ronpaul2012.com/">Ron Paul</a>.</p><p>The British press is even <a href="http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/02/santorum-campaign-suggests-romney-may-have-done-deal-to-make-ron-paul-his-running-mate.html">floating the idea</a> Romney may have offered Paul the vice-presidential slot.</p><p>Romney and Paul have certainly warmed to each other on the campaign trail. <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-paul-and-romney-a-strategic-alliance-between-outsider-and-establishment/2012/01/20/gIQAf8foiQ_story.html">The Washington Post</a></em> noted so earlier this month:</p><blockquote><p>Despite deep differences on a range of issues, Romney and Paul became friends in 2008, the last time both ran for president. So did their wives, Ann Romney and Carol Paul. The former Massachusetts governor compliments the Texas congressman during debates, praising Paul&rsquo;s religious faith during&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/2012-presidential-debates/republican-primary-debate-january-26-2012/">the last one, in Jacksonville, Fla</a>. Immediately afterward, as is often the case, the Pauls and the Romneys gravitated toward one another to say hello.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:01:23 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3719 at http://kut.org Signs of a Ron Paul/Mitt Romney Alliance? Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn? http://kut.org/post/desert-face-may-have-closed-out-debate-season-so-what-did-we-learn Ten months and a score of debates ago, the Republican Party and a slew of news organizations brought forth on our TV screens a new definition of a presidential nominating process — conceived in targeted marketing and dedicated to the proposition that no number of debates was too many for hardcore conservatives.<p>As spring and summer turned to fall and winter, debate followed debate on cable TV. Many of us gave the last full measure of devotion by watching them all. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:25:55 +0000 Ron Elving 3714 at http://kut.org Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn? Top Morning Stories 2/20/12: Santorum Takes Lead, Latino Population Grows, 'Linsanity' Touches Texas http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-22012-santorum-takes-lead-latino-population-grows-linsanity-touches-texas <p><strong>Support for Santorum Spreading in Texas</strong><br /><br />Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has a substantial lead in Texas, according to <a href="http://d2o6nd3dubbyr6.cloudfront.net/media/documents/UTTT-201202-summary-day1.pdf" target="_blank">a recent poll</a> by the University of Texas and the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/santorum-leads-republican-field-texas/" target="_blank">Texas Tribune</a>.<br /> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:17:35 +0000 Paulo Martins 3689 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 2/20/12: Santorum Takes Lead, Latino Population Grows, 'Linsanity' Touches Texas New Republic: Can the Santorum Surge Last? http://kut.org/post/new-republic-can-santorum-surge-last <em>Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for </em>The New Republic<em>, a blogger for </em>The Washington Monthly<em>, and managing editor of </em>The Democratic Strategist.<p>For all those waiting for the Republican primary to end, you'll have to wait a bit longer: On Saturday Rick Santorum became the 11th Republican politician <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/the-bettors-case-for-santorum/#more-25777">to lead a national</a> presidential nomination poll during the 2012 cycle. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:17:18 +0000 3649 at http://kut.org New Republic: Can the Santorum Surge Last? Iowa Republican Caucus Results http://kut.org/post/iowa-republican-caucus-results <p>With a meager ten percent showing in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Rick Perry says he is returning to Texas to reassess his political campaign. Read our story <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/perry-returning-texas-reassess-presidential-campaign">here</a>&nbsp;and watch his speech <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/03/perry_will_assess_future_of_campaign_after_fifth-place_finish.html">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results">latest results</a>&nbsp;from across Iowa.&nbsp;</p><ol><li>Mitt Romney 25% (Declared winner)</li><li>Rick Santorum 25%</li><li>Ron Paul 21%&nbsp;</li><li>Newt Gingrich 13%</li><li>Rick Perry 10%</li><li>Michele Bachmann 5%</li><li>Jon Huntsman 1%</li></ol><p>More.....</p><ul><li>Watch Perry&#39;s end of night speech <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/03/perry_will_assess_future_of_campaign_after_fifth-place_finish.html">at Real Clear Politics</a>.</li><li>Live video from <a href="http://www.c-span.org/">C-SPAN</a>.</li><li>Live blogging from the <a href="http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/results/live/2012-01-3">New York Times</a>, <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/01/03/live-blogging-the-iowa-caucuses/">Wall Street Journal</a>, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/2012-iowa-caucus-live-blog-photos-video-tweets/2012/01/02/gIQAr9PhYP_blog.html">Washington Post</a>, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/03/live-blog-from-the-iowa-caucuses/">CNN</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/">NPR</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/01/liveblog-results-of-iowas-caucuses.html">PBS Newshour</a>,<a href="http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2012/01/its-caucus-night-in-iowa/"> Houston Chronicle</a>, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/01/03/liveblog_iowans_vote_pundits_opine/">Slate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/live/2012/01/IowaCaucus2012ResultsLIVEUPDATES.html">Politico</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/iowa-caucus-2012-live-blog/">ABC News</a>.&nbsp;</li><li>KUT News:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/perry-returning-texas-reassess-presidential-campaign">Perry Returning to Texas To Reassess Presidential Campaign</a></li><li>Houston Chronicle:<a href="http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2012/01/gop-consultantmccain-guru-steve-schmidt-perry-bachmann-its-over/">&nbsp;GOP consultant/McCain guru Steve Schmidt: Perry, Bachmann &mdash; it&rsquo;s over</a></li><li>Gingrich releases <a href="http://www.newt.org/news/choice-only-bold-reagan-conservative-can-defeat-president-obama">full-page ad</a> running tomorrow in <a href="http://www.unionleader.com/">New Hampshire Union Leader</a></li><li>Wall Street Journal: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2012/01/03/romney-is-richest-candidate-in-a-decade/">Romney is Richest Candidate in a Decade</a></li><li>Des Moines Register:&nbsp;<a href="http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/how-to-caucus/">How the Iowa caucuses work</a></li><li>New York Times statistician Nate Silver: <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/why-id-bet-on-santorum-and-against-my-model/">Why I&rsquo;d Bet on Santorum (and Against My Model)</a></li><li>NBC News&#39; Jo Ling Kent <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/JoNBCNews/status/154355143029174272">tweeted</a>: &quot;Huntsman&#39;s message to winner of Iowa caucuses: &#39;Welcome to New Hampshire. Nobody cares.&#39;&quot;</li><li>Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=rick santorum,mitt romney,newt gingrich,rick perry,ron paul&amp;geo=US-IA&amp;date=today 1-m&amp;cmpt=q">Iowa&#39;s Google Search trends&nbsp;</a>for all the candidates</li><script type="text/javascript"> nprElexWidth = 450; nprElexHeight = 600; nprElexAudio = true; </script><script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="http://www.npr.org/promos/election2012/elex2012.promo.js"></script></ul><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:23:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3360 at http://kut.org