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From Alabama, an Epic Challenge to Voting Rights

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Four years ago, in this small city of gentle hills, tall oaks and nine stoplights, an invisible line was drawn a few miles north of the center of town. It stretched up beyond Highway 22 and looped west across Interstate 65, sweeping in recent housing developments, the brown-brick Concord Baptist Church and a new Wal-Mart. The narrow five-square-mile rectangle enlarged Voting District 2.

The South Rises for Santorum

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Mitt Romney said Rick Santorum was at the "desperate end of his campaign," by which he apparently meant the winning end. The Pennsylvania senator won the primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. He is now the leading conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, though Newt Gingrich promised to take his fight all the way to the Republican convention.
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Political Landscape: Alabama

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As the GOP presidential candidates head to Alabama and Mississippi for today's primaries, they are dealing with the politics of the deep south for one of the first times in a GOP primary season. What's the lay of the land in Alabama, a staunchly conservative and reliably Republican state, and what matters? Find out from Don Dailey of Alabama Public Television


Santorum, Gingrich Make Final Pitches in Mississippi, Alabama

On The Radar

On the eve of a crucial primary in the Deep South, Rick Santorum intensified his effort to convince conservative voters that he alone has the untarnished conservative record Republicans need to take on President Barack Obama in this fall’s elections. He took that campaign theme to the heart of the Gulf Coast at a meeting of pro-drilling groups here. Mr. Santorum portrayed Newt Gingrich as a faux-conservative with a soft spot for global warming science and protecting endangered animal species.

Romney Team Sees a Plus in Gingrich’s Persistence

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Mitt Romney has tried for weeks to snuff out Newt Gingrich’s presidential ambitions, but his stubborn survival has become a welcome relief for Mr. Romney. If Mr. Romney has a chance of winning the Alabama primary on Tuesday — his advisers believed the odds were strong enough to arrange a last-minute campaign visit on the eve of the election — it is largely because Mr. Gingrich’s candidacy remains alive.
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Deep South Primaries Offer Little Hope for Romney, Opportunity for Santorum

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For Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, the Deep South primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday will be a race for conservative primacy in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. Unless one of them decisively puts the other away, however, Mitt Romney could be the big winner no matter where he finishes.
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5 Things to Watch For On Super Tuesday

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At the end of a long evening of introductions and speeches, President Clinton used to like to say that everything had been said, but everyone had not yet said it.

If you follow politics, you already may have read all the pre-game analysis you can stand in advance of the pivotal Super Tuesday primaries.

What? You say you haven’t? Then, please allow me.

Justices Side with Death Row Inmate Abandoned by Counsel

On The Radar

An Alabama death row prisoner should not be prevented from appealing because he missed a deadline after his lawyers dropped his case and failed to tell him, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 vote Wednesday. The two lawyers at the New York office of Sullivan and Cromwell did not alert Alabama court authorities that they were withdrawing, so that when a court clerk sent papers to the lawyers, the firm's mailroom sent them back unopened and marked, "Return to Sender — Left Firm" and "Returned to Sender — Attempted, Unknown."

The Perils of Ambition

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On a hot summer day in 2008, I visited the Civil Rights Institute in downtown Birmingham with the man who thought he was going to be Alabama’s first African American governor.