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Perry Reassessing Campaign After Poor Iowa Showing

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Rick Perry is headed back to Texas to decide whether to continue his presidential quest after a dismal fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday.

"I decided to return to Texas to assess the results of tonight’s caucus, to determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said in an emotional speech late Tuesday night.

Paul said from his Iowa campaign headquarters that he was "raring and ready to move on" to the next contest in New Hampshire.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am

Paul's Third Place Letdown Doesn't Diminish His Impact

ANKENY, Iowa -- Ron Paul could claim victory Tuesday even though he came in third place. The long shot for the Republican nomination already has done more to promulgate libertarian principles than anyone since Ayn Rand.

The Texas congressman’s unswerving commitment to slashing federal spending and shrinking the size of government fueled the tea party movement, energized young voters and pushed the Republican Party rightward. His anti-war crusade engaged Democrats and independents, and he paved the way for more anti-establishment candidates to run as Republicans.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am

Whither Thou Goest, Iowa Caucus?

Tuesday's results are bound to revive the enduring debate over the oh-so-special role played by a state that's whiter, more rural and more evangelical than most of the country. Iowa's tradition of holding partisan caucuses instead of state-run primaries attracts only a fraction of the electorate but sets the tone for the entire nominating process. No fair?

At this moment, with the race between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney too close to call and Ron Paul coming in third, two of top three 2012 finishers in Iowa are highly unlikely to win the nomination.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am

Perry Returns to Austin to Reassess Campaign

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday night that he will return to Texas to reassess his campaign for president after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday night that he will return to Texas to reassess his campaign for president after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40am

McCain to Endorse Romney in New Hampshire

Former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will endorse Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate, Fox News reported Wednesday.

Romney sought to distinguish his record from that of the GOP senator, who was his rival in the 2008 presidential race, in an appearance on Fox & Friends earlier Wednesday morning.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am

Perry Says He Will Return to Texas To Ponder Continuing Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday night he was returning to Texas to consider whether to continue his Republican bid for the presidency.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday night he was returning to Texas to consider whether to continue his Republican bid for the presidency.

Perry had circulated a full schedule of events in South Carolina on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am

Iowa's Other Winners and Losers

With his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday, Rick Santorum was thrust into serious contention for the Republican nomination after spending much of the last year as an afterthought in the 2012 presidential sweepstakes. In a virtual dead heat with longtime Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, Santorum was one of the evening’s clear winners. Michele Bachman, after pinning her entire strategy on Iowa, finished last among the candidates competing there, and may be the night’s biggest loser. But the candidates themselves are hardly the only story line out of Iowa.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am

Bachmann Says She Can and Will Defeat Barack Obama

Despite a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann insists she is the Republican "who can and who will" defeat President Obama. 

"What we need is a candidate in the likeness and image of a Ronald Reagan who has the bold differences necessary to take on a Barack Obama," Bachmann told supporters. "What we need is a fearless conservative, one with no compromises on their record."

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am

What Did the Presidential Super PACs Get for Their Money?

By relentlessly attacking Newt Gingrich and denying him a top ticket out of Iowa, the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future seems to have bought its candidate a new conservative to contend with, Rick Santorum

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am

Beaming Ron Paul Says Momentum From Iowa Caucuses Will Continue

A beaming Ron Paul told supporters on Tuesday that his third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses is the sign of something bigger: growing popular support of libertarian principles.

“The economy is in trouble. Our civil liberties are being trashed. Our foreign policy has been a mess and drains us both economically and our military forces. But at the same time people are coming together and we had the task, which where we are very successful, is reintroducing some ideas Republicans needed for a long time,” Paul said. “And that is the conviction that freedom is popular.”

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40am