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Santorum's Meteoric Rise: How Long Will It Last?

Rick Santorum’s upstart finish atop the field in Iowa is a scenario no one would have predicted a mere two weeks ago. It was a validation of his faith in both traditional retail politics and the power of the state’s Christian conservatives. On Tuesday night, he thanked his wife, God and Iowa, in that order.

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

Romney Victory Speech Anti-Obama, Long On Reasons

Mitt Romney, speaking as he was virtually neck and neck with opponent Rick Santorum for first place in the Iowa caucuses, focused much of his victory speech on attacking President Obama.

"The gap between his [Obama's] promises four years ago, and his performance, is as great as anything I've ever seen in my entire life," Romney said, blasting the president for his economic policies and what he called lack of crippling sanctions or preparation for military action on Iran. "This has been a failed presidency."

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

Santorum Thanks God for Strong Iowa Showing, Moves Forward

Rick Santorum did not declare victory in a speech to supporters early Tuesday morning-- the Iowa caucus results were still too close to call.

He did, however, give thanks to three sources of support: his wife, God, and Iowa voters. “You have taken the first step of taking back this country," Santorum told his supporters at his Des Moines, Iowa headquarters.

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

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