Rick Santorum

2012 Presidential Election
3:52 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Santorum's Exit a Blow to Texas' Presidential Primary

Photo by Gage Skidmore via the Texas Tribune

Rick Santorum’s withdrawal today from the 2012 presidential contest makes Texas Republicans, once again, all but irrelevant in their party’s nomination process.

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’t end until the party’s convention.

But a legal fight this year over redistricting pushed the Texas primary to May 29 from early March.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Reports: Rick Santorum Dropping Out of GOP Race

Sources say that former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is abandoning his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

The  New York Times cites two Santorum advisors, who say Santorum will make the announcement in his home state of Pensylvania.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The (Very) Long Goodbye: Why Some Candidates Can't Stop Running

After Mitt Romney's sweep Tuesday of primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Rick Santorum declared: "It's halftime" in the race for the GOP nomination. Santorum is shown here at a March 31 event in Pewaukee, Wis.
Brian Kersey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 9:56 am

Two of the most important factors during a primary campaign are momentum and math — meaning how many delegates you've got.

What do you do when neither one of those things is running in your favor?

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.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:16 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Lots of GOP Money Flowing From the 'Texas Two'

Houston home builder Bob Perry at the sales center of one of his developments in 2002.
Melissa Phillip AP

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 9:50 am

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.

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.

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Opinion
2:41 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

New Republic: The Two Candidate Race Has Arrived

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign stop at Kirkwood Park March 13, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Romney won Hawaii while Santorum took the Mississippi and Alabama primaries Tuesday.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:06 am

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic

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2012 Presidential Election
10:48 am
Tue March 13, 2012

New Republic: Is The South Too Much For The GOP?

Supporters take cover from the rain as they listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at the Whistle Stop cafe March 12, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. Alabama and Mississippi hold their primaries today.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 8:05 am

Alec MacGillis is a writer for The New Republic

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday: 4 Things To Watch

Ten states hold GOP nominating contests on March 6. Here a voter heads to a polling station Tuesday morning in Cambridge, Mass., where former Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to win his home state.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 8:55 am

Super Tuesday 2012 is finally here, with Republican presidential preference contests — a mix of primaries and caucuses — occurring in 10 states from sea to shining sea.

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.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:18 am
Thu March 1, 2012

New Republic: Super Tuesday Primer

Joseph Rupert, eight, finds an interesting way to pass the time while his mother, Jackie Rupert, votes in Mississippi's Super Tuesday primaries on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in Meridian Mississippi. 2012's Super Tuesday may be important in deciding the GOP primary race.
Marianne Todd Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 7:57 am

The New Republic staff composed this article.

Ohio
Delegates at stake: 66

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2012 Presidential Election
8:16 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Santorum Could Lose Michigan Vote But Still Gain Delegates

Polls show Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in a tight race heading into Tuesday's Michigan primary. Santorum's campaign signs are stuck in the snow before his campaign stop at the The Colonial Valley Suites on Feb. 26 in Davison, Mich.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 6:00 am

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.

But as to collecting actual delegates for the actual GOP nomination? Tuesday's vote in Michigan probably will not matter much at all.

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Texas
8:55 am
Fri February 24, 2012

AM Update: 'Hog Out' in Hardeman, Details on UT Athletics Firing, and Santorum's Austin Stop

These feral hogs are on the Texas "most wanted list," according to Ag Commissioner Todd Staples.
Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife

Hardeman County Wins "Hog Out Challenge"

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2012 Presidential Election
1:01 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Signs of a Ron Paul/Mitt Romney Alliance?

Opponents of the candidates allege a beneficial relationship between Ron Paul, left, and Mitt Romney.
Paul photo courtesy house.gov; Romney photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

After last night’s Republican debate, supporters of Rick Santorum are alleging a cease-fire agreement between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

The British press is even floating the idea Romney may have offered Paul the vice-presidential slot.

Romney and Paul have certainly warmed to each other on the campaign trail. The Washington Post noted so earlier this month:

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’s religious faith during the last one, in Jacksonville, Fla. Immediately afterward, as is often the case, the Pauls and the Romneys gravitated toward one another to say hello.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to the crowd as he is introduced at the start of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 5:53 am

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.

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Texas
9:17 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/20/12: Santorum Takes Lead, Latino Population Grows, 'Linsanity' Touches Texas

With 45%, Rick Santorum leads the GOP presidential primary in Texas.
Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore, flickr.com/gageskidmore

Support for Santorum Spreading in Texas

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has a substantial lead in Texas, according to a recent poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:17 am
Tue February 14, 2012

New Republic: Can the Santorum Surge Last?

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the media Feb. 13, 2012 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. Santorum is rising in national polls against his rivals.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:09 am

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic, a blogger for The Washington Monthly, and managing editor of The Democratic Strategist.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:23 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Republican Caucus Results

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 here and watch his speech here

Here are the latest results from across Iowa. 

  1. Mitt Romney 25% (Declared winner)
  2. Rick Santorum 25%
  3. Ron Paul 21% 
  4. Newt Gingrich 13%
  5. Rick Perry 10%
  6. Michele Bachmann 5%
  7. Jon Huntsman 1%

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