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Is Romney a True Conservative?

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For months, Mitt Romney's rivals in the Republican presidential race have hammered him as a closet moderate, especially on third-rail social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. "Mitt Romney: Not conservative," charged one recent and typical television commercial sponsored by supporters of Newt Gingrich.
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Florida Tests Loom for Romney, Gingrich

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Did South Carolina decide the Republican presidential nominee, as it has since 1980, or did it engage in a primal scream that slows but does not derail Mitt Romney's momentum? Florida won't settle that question entirely, but its Jan. 31 primary will say more than Gingrich would like to admit. In the next phase of his campaign, look for Romney to release his tax returns, participate in fewer debates, try to tell his own story with more passion, and, with the help of his super PAC allies, go after Gingrich more directly.

Romney vs. Gingrich Highlights GOP Unease

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The startling outcome of the South Carolina primary did more than turn the race for the Republican presidential nomination upside down. It also left GOP voters with a choice that only serves to highlight the party’s year-long identity crisis and search for a standard-bearer.
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Gwen's Primary Day Take: South Carolina Votes

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - In retrospect, it should not come as a surprise that Election Day came to South Carolina with wind, rain and tornado watches. The Gingrich surge here has been that strong.

It cannot be overstated how dramatic the shift from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich has been here on the ground. In a single night -- after Monday night's pivotal debate -- Romney went from an 8 point lead among Tea Party voters to trailing Gingrich by 7 points the very next day. And then the lead grew.

PBS NewsHour: Polls Suggest Two-Man Race as South Carolina Voters Prep for Saturday's Primary

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A day before the South Carolina primary, a drumbeat of polls suggested a close race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Ray Suarez discusses the closing moments of the "single craziest week of the 2012 campaign" with Gwen Ifill, who has been reporting the building action from Columbia, the state capital.

Gingrich Jousts With Rivals on Matters Professional and Personal

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Newt Gingrich angrily turned aside questions about his marital history at the outset of the final Republican presidential debate before the South Carolina primary, and then aggressively took on Mitt Romney and the other remaining candidates in a raucous confrontation on Thursday night about immigration, abortion, conservative credentials and electability.
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Republicans Confident They'll Hang onto House

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Republicans in the House of Representatives face a toxic national attitude toward Congress, but there remains broad confidence within the GOP that its control of the chamber is not in jeopardy. It's a message party leaders are sharing with their rank-and-file lawmakers gathered this weekend in Baltimore for their annual three-day retreat to develop policy and political strategy for 2012.
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Sharp Clashes at Republican Debate Ahead of Vote

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Republican presidential candidates tore into each other on Thursday and Newt Gingrich snarled at the CNN moderator in a raucous debate two days before the South Carolina primary, which may decide the nomination race.
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GOP Candidates debate in South Carolina (CNN)

Republican Presidential Contest Has a Day Full of Upheaval

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In the most extraordinary day of the Republican presidential race, a series of fast-paced and unexpected events shook the candidates and their campaigns Thursday, significantly changing the dynamic of the contest just two days before a crucial primary that many thought might settle the nomination.
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Ex-wife, Perry exit roil GOP race in SC

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Republican activists hoping to deny the presidential nomination to Mitt Romney have long dreamed of finding one conservative alternative who could consolidate the anti-Romney feelings of many hard-core conservatives. That goal briefly seemed a step closer Thursday in South Carolina. Texas Gov. Rick Perry quit the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich, who already was thought to be rising.
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