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Gingrich Wins Means Grueling GOP Fight

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken a giant step toward becoming the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney that tea partyers and social conservatives have been seeking for months. Gingrich's come-from-behind victory Saturday in the South Carolina primary snatched away the quick and easy way for the GOP to pick its presidential nominee.
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January 20, 2012

Weekly Show

On the Webcast Extra: The panelists discuss what the voters are saying as they report from across South Carolina. Also, analysis of the evangelical and tea party's presence in the South Carolina primary. Is the republican party in the middle of an identity crisis? And a look at what influence Nikki Haley and South Carolina's congressional representatives have on the race.

 

GOP Field Leaves SC's Religious Right Uninspired

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The Greenville-Spartanburg area, home to many of South Carolina's evangelical voters, should be prime political ground for Rick Santorum, a longtime anti-abortion crusader who was embraced by a group of Christian leaders meeting last weekend in Texas. Or maybe for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who talks forcefully of his conversion to Catholicism and his hope for redemption for past sins, including infidelity.
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Romney's GOP Critics Will Get More Heat

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Mitt Romney's back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire will force his weak-but-still-standing GOP rivals to make a crucial decision: Keep eviscerating the man that many see as the inevitable nominee, or temper their criticisms and dampen whatever hopes they have of overtaking him.
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GOP Rivals Turn Romney's Jobs Record Against Him

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Mitt Romney's Republican rivals accused him Monday of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner's biggest asset into a liability. The heightened focus on the firm Bain Capital threatens to slow Romney's cruise-control campaign because it goes to the heart of his No. 1 appeal to voters: the claim that he knows far more than President Barack Obama about creating jobs.

GOP Race has Yet to Fully Test Romney

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Mitt Romney's surprisingly easy rise to the top of Iowa presidential polls, aided by his GOP rivals' in-fighting, masks vulnerabilities he will have to confront eventually. Even if he wins Tuesday's caucus, Romney has yet to excite his party's restless conservative base. Mitt Romney's surprisingly easy rise to the top of Iowa presidential polls, aided by his GOP rivals' in-fighting, masks vulnerabilities he will have to confront eventually. Even if he wins Tuesday's caucus, Romney has yet to excite his party's restless conservative base.

GOP Candidates on a Mad Dash in Iowa

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Iowa's GOP presidential contest remains deeply unsettled, if not downright strange, just days before the Tuesday caucus. Rep. Ron Paul, drawing big crowds, got a surprise endorsement Wednesday night from Rep. Michele Bachmann's now-former state chairman. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has languished for months, suddenly seems to have momentum, just as ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be losing his. And Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who began the campaign by de-emphasizing Iowa, might be poised to finish on top.

Odd Notes, Mad-Dash Trips Mark Iowa Closing Sprint

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Iowa's GOP presidential contest remains deeply unsettled, if not downright strange, five days before the Jan. 3 caucus. Rep. Ron Paul, drawing big crowds, got a surprise endorsement Wednesday night from Rep. Michele Bachmann's now-former state chairman. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has languished for months, suddenly seems to have momentum, just as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be losing his.
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Gingrich Uses Precious Time To Get On Va. Ballot

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Newt Gingrich is frantically playing catch-up in the Republican presidential race, spending precious time trying to get on Virginia’s primary ballot while his rivals campaign in crucial Iowa and New Hampshire. The former House speaker is paying a price for his late start in organizing. Gingrich had to leave New Hampshire on Wednesday and race to Virginia, where he needs 10,000 valid voters’ signatures by Thursday to secure a spot on the March 6 ballot.

Get Me Re-Write: Gingrich Site Mentions '3 Wives'

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Rick Perry isn't the only one to have an "oops" moment in the Republican presidential contest. An article on Newt Gingrich's official website is headlined "A Tale of Three Wives: Life on the Campaign Trail."
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