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Paul Looks Ahead to S.C., Calling It a 'Nice Test'

MEREDITH, N.H. – Even as he seeks to further cut into Mitt Romney’s double-digit lead in New Hampshire, Rep. Ron Paul is looking ahead to how he’ll perform in South Carolina.

“South Carolina will be a nice test for us, because it’s a bigger state and if we do well there, that will encourage the fundraising and it alerts other people to the message.” Paul told reporters on Sunday after a town hall at the Inn at Church Landing. “They’ll say, ‘What is he talking about? Maybe we ought to look at that -- maybe he does have some answers.’”

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 11:40pm

Pro-Gingrich Super PAC Unveils New Version of Romney Attack Video

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A super PAC supporting presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has issued a second version of a video attacking on Mitt Romney, depicting the former Massachusetts governor as a corporate “raider” with little regard for blue-collar workers.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 9:40pm

Paul Will Spend 'Limited Money' in Florida

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will spent only "limited money'' in Florida, a winner-take-all state in which first place comes with the grand prize of 50 delegates.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will spent only "limited money'' in Florida, a winner-take-all state in which first place comes with the grand prize of 50 delegates.

Florida lost half of its delegates for scheduling an early Jan. 31 primary that bucks national party rules.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 7:40pm

Conservative Voice Tony Blankley Dies - Report

Tony Blankley, press secretary to Newt Gingrich in the 1990s and a conservative author and commentator, died in Washington on Saturday after a bout with stomach cancer, according to the Associated Press. He was 63.

Blankley, a former prosecutor, worked with Gingrich from 1990 to 1997, a period during which Republicans engineered a historic takeover of the House and Gingrich became Speaker.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 7:40pm

Feisty Perry Focuses on Faith, Obama in Return to S.C.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -– A feisty Rick Perry returned to South Carolina on Sunday in a last-ditch effort to save his campaign from ending after a disappointing fifth-place finish in Iowa that led him to reassess his candidacy. The Texas governor insisted to voters here that he is not a quitter – and certainly not when the country’s future is at stake.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 6:40pm

Romney: I Know What It's Like to Fear a Pink Slip

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney, who argued in Sunday’s debate that Newt Gingrich’s allies had gone “over the top” in attacking his record at Bain Capital, sought at a rally right afterward to show that he could relate to struggling Americans.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 6:40pm

As New Hampshire Primary Looms, 5 Things to Look For

In the final days leading up to the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, look for ...

1. ... Jon Huntsman, who posted his strongest debate performance to date on Sunday, to gain ground in the polls. Every vote he picks up will come from Mitt Romney.

2. ... Romney to unleash his rumored organizational power for huge closing rallies. If not, you've got to wonder why. His New Hampshire crowds were lame until he drew close to 1,000 Saturday morning. Sign of things to come?

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:40pm

Romney Continues Slide in N.H. Poll

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire voters love Mitt Romney, they’re just not in love with him, according to a tracking poll released Sunday morning.

Romney, who still holds a commanding 15-point lead, slipped for the fourth consecutive day in the Suffolk University/7News two-day tracking poll, dropping four points to 35 percent, a total fall of eight points since Tuesday.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2:40pm

One Year Later, Giffords Returns To Tucson

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., returned to her hometown Tucson this weekend, a year after she was shot through the head there during a deadly shooting spree that wounded 13 people and killed six.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2:40pm

Few Nicks to Romney in Final New Hampshire Debate

CONCORD, N.H. – Two days before an anticipated victory in this state’s primary puts him on a glide path to the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney walked off stage with few nicks from two back-to-back debates.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2:40pm