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PBS NewsHour: Deconstructing a Republican Hopeful's Road to 1,144 Delegates

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The Republican Party's eventual nominee needs to secure 1,144 delegates. With wins in Michigan and Arizona Wednesday, Mitt Romney leads the GOP field with 135. Gwen Ifill discusses Super Tuesday, when a sizable 419 delegates are at stake, with Political Editor Christina Bellantoni and Frontloading HQ's Josh Putnam.

He’s Alive!

On The Radar

In the state where Mitt Romney was born, his campaign did not die. Despite his many advantages in Michigan, the race was a nail-biter. In the end, Romney won 41 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Rick Santorum. “We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough but that’s all that counts,” said Romney at his victory party, looking relieved to have survived another near-death experience. In Arizona, he clobbered the former Pennsylvania senator 47 percent to 26 percent. By the end of the night, Romney captured more than 30 new delegates.

Michigan and Arizona: Bruising GOP Primaries Brighten Obama’s Prospects

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When President Obama accused Republicans who opposed the auto industry bailout of peddling a “load of you know what,” he might have been describing the residue in Michigan and Arizona for Republicans now that the two primaries are over. Obama is in better shape in both states since the GOP circus came to town, with higher favorable ratings than before and with an elevated profile among key constituencies, like blue-collar voters and women who have new appreciation of his handling of the auto bailouts and the contraception issue.

PBS NewsHour: If Romney Loses Michigan, 'All Bets Are Off'

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Ahead of crucial primaries in Michigan and Arizona, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney focused on federal spending while Rick Santorum said religion should play a wider role in public policy. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the GOP primary battle with USA Today's Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg.

Taking the 2012 Authenticity Test

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PHOENIX -- If there is one reliable source of applause to be found along the Republican primary trail this year, it is ignited by candidates who boast of being able to speak without a Teleprompter.

The speech delivery device used by presidents, candidates, dinner emcees and, yes, television news anchors, has become an object of extended mockery wherever Republican politics is practiced. (Full disclosure: I use them on almost a daily basis. I love them.)

Out of Air in Arizona

On The Radar

he 20th and perhaps final Republican presidential debate wheezed across the finish line and collapsed. At times it felt like the candidates had already talked themselves out on the big themes and could only bicker over table scraps. There was a long symposium on how earmarks and the congressional appropriating process work. Then, there was a confusing discussion of Arlen Specter, his re-election, and the judiciary committee. Who won? Ask the undecided Republicans in Michigan.

Santorum's Risky Message

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As Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum emerges as the new front-runner, his radical brand of conservatism is put on full display. Scott Pelley spoke with CBS News political director John Dickerson on the risk his messages pose in the general election.

Republican Presidential Contest Moves to Arizona and Michigan

On The Radar

Front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum opened one of the most crucial periods in the Republican presidential campaign Tuesday, with Romney going on the attack while suddenly claiming the mantle of underdog as he seeks to avoid potentially devastating losses in next Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona and Michigan.
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Political Landscape: Arizona

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How will Arizona’s February 28th primary affect the close race to the GOP nomination between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? In our Political Landscape feature, Michael Chihak of Arizona Public Media looks at the contest between the two front runners, and explores what key issues dominate the political dialogue in Arizona.

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Obama’s Brewer Encounter Sidetracks Message

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President Barack Obama’s encounter with Arizona governor Jan Brewer yesterday on an airport tarmac in Phoenix sidetracked the administration’s effort to keep the media focused on the president’s message.
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