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Newt's Popularity Surges

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Newt Gingrich would be a target-rich environment for Democrats, says CNBC's John Harwood.

 

Will Cain Endorse Gingrich?

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With Herman Cain out of the race for the GOP nomination, pundits and politicos are turning their attention to which of his former competitors the plain-spoken former pizza executive might endorse. Speculation is focused on Newt Gingrich, who like Cain hails from Georgia and who was the most effusive of all the Republican hopefuls in praising Cain after the announcement Saturday that he was suspending his campaign.

Romney, Gingrich Proceed Carefully in GOP Showdown

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The once-bursting 2012 Republican presidential field is narrowing to a two-man race, and GOP voters have one month before casting the first votes to winnow it to one. Barring a dramatic new turn, their chief options will be the steady but often bland demeanor of Mitt Romney and the idea-a-minute bombast of Newt Gingrich. Herman Cain's suspension of his campaign Saturday, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's continued struggles to regain traction, have focused the party's attention on Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, the former House speaker.

In Gingrich, Romney Now Sees a Grave Threat

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nside a drab office building here, Mitt Romney’s aides have been following all the rules. Now they’ll find out if the rules still apply. Build on Mr. Romney’s 2008 run to assemble a broad but lean campaign infrastructure? Check. Focus the candidate’s message, in strong debate performances and well-controlled campaign events, on the core issue of economic revival? Check.

Amid Questions, Cain Stays Defiant

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As leading Republicans began openly questioning how Herman Cain has handled the allegations against him, he remained defiant Wednesday with a message that he had repeated over and again: “Don’t give up!”

The Up-Close-and-Personal Candidate? A Thing of the Past

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The aspiring Republican presidential candidates have logged countless hours in the living rooms of voters, pitching their platforms and firing jabs at President Obama. Yet there is one difference this election season. The contenders, even here in the early-voting states, are far more likely to make their visits on television than to ever drop by in person.

Iowa beckons, and Mitt Romney is responding

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make one of his infrequent visits to Iowa on Wednesday amid growing signs that he could try to steal a victory in a state that toppled his hopes of winning the party’s nomination in 2008. The recent opening of a campaign office in downtown Des Moines has generated fresh speculation about whether Romney is ramping up operations. Advisers say their strategy hasn’t changed. But circumstances certainly have, and Romney’s campaign appears ready to try to take advantage.

Iowa activists reevaluating Newt Gingrich’s candidacy

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DENISON, Iowa - Nine months ago, on a frigid winter night, a small group of local Republican leaders gathered at Cronk’s Cafe in this small Iowa town to talk about the presidential campaign. They had a dim view of Newt Gingrich that night. Arlan Ecklund was outspoken in his criticism of the former House speaker. “I think he’s polarizing,” he said then. “I don’t think he’s electable.” Today, he has changed his mind. “The problems that face our nation are greater than they’ve ever been,” he said.

Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly

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DES MOINES — The answer to one of the great lingering questions about the Republican presidential race has suddenly turned up here along Ingersoll Avenue, where Mitt Romney’s Iowa campaign headquarters is opening for business.

Romney readies Iowa ad as Cain, Perry address woes

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is preparing for a higher profile in Iowa, where he possibly could land a knockout punch if two top rivals don't quickly fix their campaign problems and back-of-the-pack contenders such as Newt Gingrich don't move quickly to energize voters.