Daily Archives: January 4, 2012

Perry Planning to Continue Presidential Bid

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Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested today he’ll continue to run for the Republican Presidential nomination despite reassessing his campaign after a fifth-place finish in Iowa.

“And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State. …Here we come South Carolina!!!” Perry said Wednesday on Twitter.

Republican voters in South Carolina go to the polls on January 21 after the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.

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Bachmann Drops Out

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Michele Bachmann announced today she is dropping out of the presidential race, saying “I have decided to stand aside.”

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Romney Wins Iowa by Eight Votes

 

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Mitt Romney’s quest to lock down the Republican Presidential nomination with a commanding finish in the Iowa caucuses was undercut last night by the candidacy of Rick Santorum.

In the first Republican contest of the season, the two candidates were separated by a sliver of votes, with Mr. Romney declared the winner by eight ballots early Wednesday morning. Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney, whose views represent the polar sides of the party, each had 24.6%.

The last time the Iowa caucuses produced a close outcome was in 1980, when George Bush beat Ronald Reagan by two percentage points.

Representative Ron Paul of Texas was a close third on Tuesday with 21% of the caucus votes. Mr. Paul outpaced his rivals among caucusgoers under forty but dropped behind Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum among older voters.

Mr. Gingrich was in fourth place with 13% of the votes, followed by Mr. Perry with 10%, and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 5%. More than 120,000 Republicans took part in the caucus, a turnout that was higher than four years ago.

With Mr. Perry heading back to Texas, Mr. Gingrich pledged to press forward and be on the stage at the next debate on Saturday in New Hampshire.

Mr. Romney won the most support among those who said defeating President Obama was the most important quality in a candidate.

Via The New York Times.

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Poll: Romney Favored in NH Primary

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In a CNN/ORC International flash poll taken in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney was favored for next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Mr. Romney, who garnered 47% support, was well ahead of Texas Representative Ron Paul, with 17%; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 13%; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 10%.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, will endorse Mitt Romney today in New Hampshire.

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After Iowa, Perry Returns to Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry is returning to Texas to reassess his campaign. Gov. Perry finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses with 10% of the vote.

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On This Day…

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his ”Great Society” in his State of the Union address.

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Google Searches Haven’t Reached This Iowa Restaurant

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A Pizza Ranch manager in Boone, Iowa, has renamed the restaurant’s chicken salad “Santorum Salad,” after Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Photo via TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

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