Not that the two remaining no-hopers are planning to “suspend” their campaigns. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich plan to hang in there until the convention, though neither has the money, support or serious potential to win. Neither has much else to do: Paul says he won’t run for another term in Congress, and Gingrich is an attention junkie who can’t bring himself to abandon the rush he gets from spouting off in public. But only Romney can win.
Mitt Romney in commanding lead as Florida polls open Florida’s Republican voters go to the polls on Tuesday in a high-stakes presidential primary election, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holding a commanding double-digit lead in polls over rival Newt Gingrich.
Florida is the largest state to hold a presidential primary so far this year and a Romney victory would give him a big boost in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face President Barack Obama in the November election.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. local time. Most of the state is on Eastern Time, except the western Panhandle region, which is on Central Time and where polls will close an hour later.
“These kids made a mistake. There’s not any doubt about it. They shouldn’t have done it. It’s bad,” Perry told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.
“But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top,” said Perry, who faces a possible make-or-break performance in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Saturday. (Photos: Reuters)
The Comedy Central funny man announced his intention to run for president of the “United States of America of South Carolina” at the taping of his show Thursday night and will try to compete in South Carolina’s GOP primary Jan. 21.
“I’m proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy,” Colbert said.
While Colbert won’t actually compete for the GOP nomination in the general election, this may give Republicans another option beyond Mitt Romney in a pivotal state. Every Republican presidential candidate since 1980 has won South Carolina’s primary.
“Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative,” Colbert said. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
Analysis: Mitt Romney withstands the attack deluge … for now Maybe being the presidential campaign’s symbol of capitalism isn’t so bad after all. After the two worst days of his run for the Republican nomination — days in which even foes within his party branded him as an elitist job killer — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney seemed to be on top of the world. (Photo: Reuters/AFP/Getty Images)
And because it is the first primary, it can make or break a contender’s momentum.
In other words, New Hampshire may be small, but its influence on U.S. politics is huge.
So what will it take for Republican presidential wannabes to win this key primary? Well first off, the nominees better forget all that stuff about wining votes through new-fangled notions like social media.
To be successful in New Hampshire requires old-fashioned “retail” campaigning, namely lots of baby-kissing, hand-shaking and Town Hall-attending. Simply put, “Granite Staters”, as they call themselves, want to see candidates up close.
But he suffers from a real problem — the more people see of him, the less they seem to like him.
In Iowa, he won the Republican caucuses on Jan. 3 despite not growing his support at all in the four years since the 2008 campaign.
New Hampshire is Romney’s second home — people here know him as well as anybody — and yet Suffolk University’s tracking poll has shown his support slipping in each of the past four days he has campaigned here.
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Graphic: The Republican nomination race so far As new Republican contenders have emerged, taken off and then crashed in the polls, Mitt Romney’s support has remained one of the few constants in the nomination race. And yet the GOP can’t seem to fully embrace him. The National Post’s graphics team takes a look at the ups and downs of the race so far.
Perry suffered a mental lapse on stage with his rivals in Michigan on Wednesday night and failed to remember the third of three government agencies he has vowed to eliminate.
He cited the departments of Education and Commerce but could not bring to mind the Energy Department.
“The fact of the matter is, one error is not going to make or break a campaign. So we’re going to keep on talking about what’s important to the people of this country,” Perry told the CBS “Early Show.”