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Ron Paul is hanging in there, but why?

Ron Paul has no chance of securing the Republican party nomination but continues to rack up delegates. When Paul inevitably loses, where, asks David Weigel, will they turn?

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Rick Santorum pulls out of the race

Watch the full press conference of Rick Santorum as he announces his withdrawal from the US presidential race.

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‘Santorum’s campaign for President was so bad that it felt like being in labor with a giant baby’

Rick Santorum’s campaign was such a joke, the only way it can be discussed is with humour, says Erin Gloria Ryan, as she sums it up by employing the worst metaphors possible.

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Santorum ends White House bid

Crikey media wrap: Rick Santorum ended his campaign for the US presidency this morning in Gettysburg, essentially sealing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee.

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Santorum downplays chance of success as Southern primaries loom

Going ‘into Newt’s backyard’ and competing against Mitt Romney, fresh from Super Tuesday wins, Rick Santorum has attempted to lower the bar of expectations ahead of primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, reports John Hoefell.

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Rundle12: waiting for Joe the Plumber at Tony Packo’s bar n grill

Man, we can’t take another four years of this.” At Tony Packo’s bar and grill in Toledo’s Little Budapest, Roy is expounding to me the line that is now standard issue on the Right.

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US primaries an arms race between states

In the wake of Super Tuesday, what does the gruelling primaries process tell us about the Republican Party and the state of democracy in America?

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Number crunching, Mitt’s chances and nature of power

As Rundle writes today from Toledo, Ohio: “Five victories – with Idaho providing an alternative venue to go 50/50 with the other candidates – would make the night Romney’s. Falling below that would be nightmare afresh for the GOP.”

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Think Kevin & Julia are bad? Imagine if Romney was front runner

Romney, my God. The anti-candidate. As a GOP candidate, all he had to do was turn up to the NASCAR event and shovel down dogs. Instead, he said: “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”

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Romney misfires in Michigan, admits mistakes

In the lead-up to the Michigan primary, which he is in danger of losing, Mitt Romney has admitted making “some mistakes” by drawing unwanted attention to his wealth, reports Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker.

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Breitbart | LINKS|

Obama: ‘I’ve got another five years coming up’

While the protracted soap opera of the Republican primaries race continues, Barack Obama has spoken rather confidently about his chances of re-election, reports Breitbart.

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

Holy smokes! Romney attack dog compares himself to Batman

Larry McCarthy, one of the GOP’s best-paid media strategists, is on a quest to save Mitt Romney from defeat in the Michigan primary — a quest he compares with the plight of the Caped Crusader, writes Lloyd Grove.

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NY Times Business | LINKS|

The primaries in pictures

Mitt Romney grasping a confused looking baby. Rick Perry cradling a tommy gun. A giant toy elephant and Newt Gingrich. This — and more — is the 2012 Republican primaries in pictures.

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Romney hits accelerator as Michigan campaign stalls

Haunted by a 2008 op-ed headlined ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt’, Mitt Romney is attempting to divert his campaign away from an odd stance on Obama’s car manufacture bailout, writes Howard Kurtz.

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Rundle12: the return of Santorum opens the Republican race

Republican candidate Rick Santorum may be on the way to either victory or a close second in the Minnesota and Missouri contests tonight, throwing the smooth coronation of Mitt Romney into fresh doubt.

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The Tea Party is dead. Long live the Tea Party

The GOP spent months pondering the effect the Tea Party would have on Republican primaries, and the answer was: not much at all. One Tea Party leader has described the movement as “dead” and “gone,” reports Patricia Murphy.

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Rundle12: Ron Paul beckons the lost boys and girls of Las Vegas

The sweet, sweet paradox of Ron Paul is that a large slice of his support comes from those who carefully and cheerfully disregard his foreign policy reviews altogether, writes Guy Rundle in Las Vegas.

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Obama interviewed by the internet

US President Barack Obama participated in a Google+ and YouTube interview earlier this week, with everyday US citizens talking via video chat to the president. Obama even told one woman whose engineer husband struggled to find work that she should send his resume in and Obama would see if he could help (she did and […]

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Gingrich: it ain’t over

Despite being widely tipped to be trampled by Mitt Romney at the Florida primary, Newt Gingrich has assured supporters the Republican race is “a long way from being over,” reports Seema Mehta.

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Rundle12: no one understands how utterly unconservative Newt Gingrich is

In Gingrich you see something triangulate between Marx, Mussolini, Toffler and sundry others, an investment in nation and species, an utter disinterest in the fate of the individual. None of his supporters really understand that, or how utterly unconservative he is.

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Rundle12: Obama rolls his tanks onto the GOP’s country-club lawns

Obama’s state of the union was the first time the President has really laid claim to the Bin Laden raid. But it’s linking it back to the domestic fight that is particularly audacious.

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The Stephen Colbert carnival continues, raising calls for campaign financing reform

The murky blend of corporate profit-taking and political interference was the focus of Stephen Colbert’s second spook campaign attack ad, which has given raise to widespread calls for campaign financing reform, writes Robin Cameron.

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Emergency Republican scenario includes another Bush

So it’s on. And if Gingrich wins he’ll take all Florida’s delegates, 50 in total, which will put him way ahead in the delegate count.

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Rundle12: down Florida way, Newt’s about to tear Mitt a fresh one afresh

They’re off the blocks in Florida today, for the fourth Republican primary (OK three primaries, one caucus) with a debate tonight in Tampa, and both Romney and Gingrich ripping each other new ones.

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Rundle12: Gingrich’s secret weapon — Mitt Romney

This thing is absolutely on, and it may well go all the way to the last primary – June 26, Utah, which may well be Mormon Mitt’s ace-in-the-hole … or his last stand.

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