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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

Gingrich Jabs at Paul, Romney, Reserves Right to 'Tell the Truth'

Coming before supporters after a fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich jabbed at opponents Ron Paul and Mitt Romney -- saying he reserves the right to "tell the truth."

Coming before supporters after a fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich jabbed at opponents Ron Paul and Mitt Romney -- saying he reserves the right to "tell the truth."

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

Why Romney and Santorum Fought to a Draw in Iowa

Ron Paul expanded the electorate. Mitt Romney slightly advanced from his key beachheads in 2008. Evangelical Christians splintered but gave Rick Santorum the largest slice of their votes.

Those dynamics, captured in the Edison Research National Election Pool entrance poll at the Iowa caucuses, explained the tight three-way race among the top contenders in Iowa.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am

Gingrich Commits Political Malpractice

Rick Perry said, “Oops.”

Newt Gingrich lived oops.

Yes, Perry led in September and blew it. Gingrich led in December and blew it. That’s almost impossible. At the heart of Gingrich’s downfall lay a messy mix of his worst traits – hubris, disorganization and disdain for his opponents.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am

GRAPHIC: Iowa's Caucus-goers, And Their Picks

A look at how the candidates played in Iowa, and what they need to do after Iowa to win the votes.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am

Perry Downplays Likely Fifth Place Finish in Iowa

Despite a projected fifth place finish in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry remained positive on Tuesday night, signaling that his campaign will continue on to South Carolina, regardless of the caucus results.

Despite a projected fifth place finish in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry remained positive on Tuesday night, signaling that his campaign will continue on to South Carolina, regardless of the caucus results.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am

Palin Thinks Prolonged Bachmann Candidacy Is Unlikely

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signaled on Tuesday night that Rep. Michele Bachmann's, R-Minn., campaign is likely over, but stopped short of suggesting Bachmann should drop out of the race.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signaled on Tuesday night that Rep. Michele Bachmann's, R-Minn., campaign is likely over, but stopped short of suggesting Bachmann should drop out of the race.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am

Still Romney's to Lose

No matter who wins Iowa's caucuses, this broader bottom line remains: Mitt Romney is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, and the quirky caucuses padded his hand.

Early returns suggest that one of three candidates will win Iowa: Romney, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas or former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But over the long term, who lost big in Iowa may mean more than who won.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:40am