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Illinois Primary Could Help Romney Stake his Claim

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The Republican presidential candidates spent the past week honing their Southern accents and talking awkwardly about their love of grits. With their Southern swing behind them, they will return to the industrial heartland for a potentially pivotal primary Tuesday in Illinois.
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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


The Calculus Behind the Race to Tampa

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When they hand out the bunting, funny hats, and elephant pins at Republican Party headquarters, no one talks about the math test. For the next several weeks and perhaps months, GOP politics are going to center around a complex debate about delegates that will remind us all of those math problems you hated in grade school:

March 9, 2012

Weekly Show

Mitt Romney won big on Super Tuesday, giving him more than 35% of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination. But Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul stay defiant, continuing their campaigns as the race focuses on Mississippi and Alabama next Tuesday. What's next? Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

 

Answering Those Super Tuesday Questions

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Remember those five things we asked you to watch Tuesday night? It turns out the voters decided to raise more questions than even we had.

But here are the things we were watching for:

No Quit in these Presidential Candidates

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Poor Mitt Romney. He won six of 10 states on Super Tuesday, including hotly contested Ohio. He lengthened his lead in the count of delegates who will actually choose the Republican presidential nominee. But he's still a long way from claiming victory. Why? Because there's no compelling reason for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul to drop out of the race. Each has a reason to keep fighting at least through April — and maybe all the way to the convention in August.

PBS NewsHour: With Romney Leading and No End in Sight, GOP Campaigns Carry on

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Despite winning six states, Mitt Romney's Super Tuesday victories did little to winnow the GOP field. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul picked up some delegates and continued campaigning ahead of more caucuses and primaries. Gwen talks to Trey Grayson of Harvard University, USA Today's Susan Page and the Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut about the race.

Voice of the Voters: Kansas Youth

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This Saturday, March 10, is the GOP primary in Kansas. Do young voters care more about a candidate’s stance on the issues or their background? Does a politician need to be “cut from the same cloth” as the voters to be popular? What issues matter most to college students in Kansas? We explore these questions with University of Kansas Student Lisa Andersen in our ongoing Voice of the Voters series.


The Road to the White House: Gutting it Out

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Michael Dukakis was the first politician I ever heard describe the Presidential campaign as a “marathon, not a sprint.” But he was not the last.

Since the first campaign I covered in 1988, I’ve always been sort of impressed by candidates who – win or lose—just hang in there.

Sometimes it is unfathomable. Hopefuls stay on the trail long after their viability has been expended, as a race for the White House morphs into a campaign to get politics’ ultimate consolation prize -- a speaking role at the party’s nominating convention.

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.