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Cue the Newt puns, the US primaries just got interesting

What was shaping up as a done deal for Mitt Romney, and quite frankly, a decidedly boring outcome for political junkies everywhere, just got interesting.

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Fear and loathing in the GOP: Gingrich victory propels panic

Newt Gingrich’s thumping victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary has sent the GOP into the throes of panic, writes Paul Begala.

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Rundle12: Mrs Gingrich throws campaign grenade at egomaniac man-baby ex

Newt Gingrich may not be able to get out of this one with his usual pious “I made mistakes” line, because this is so calculated in the telling that it reminds people Gingrich is a member of the elite he hates.

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Gingrich presents Romney’s gaffe-o-rama

Republican Presidential nominee front-runner Mitt Romney is no stranger to gaffes.

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New Hampshire: all over bar the voting?

According to the bookies — and the Crikey Election Indicator — the New Hampshire primary is all over red rover, writes Richard Farmer.

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Rundle12: no place for a Huntsman in either the woods or a diner

We were all in the Puritan diner and ice-cream store when Jon Huntsman lunged towards me.

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The race to the White House is go

Somehow Republicans have to pick from this motley crew to challenge Barack Obama for the White House in November. With domestic politics still on its Summer slumber, the GOP race, if not the candidates, is captivating.

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The 777-day election countdown is on … coming to a state near you

Today, 777 days ahead of the poll that will decide the next US president, Republican Fred Karger launched the first television advertisement of the 2012 campaign. And NSW wants the same sort of process, asks Harley Dennett from Washington DC?

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Crikey Wrap: The Tea Party takeover

In just a few short years the super conservative and sometimes a little kooky Tea Party movement has come to dominate the political landscape in the US. And now it’s gunning for control of the Republican Party, following massive wins for Tea Party supported nominees at yesterday’s US Primaries.

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The Caucus | LINKS|

US Primaries: A run-down of how it went down

The always excellent ‘Caucus’ blog at the NY Times examines how the Republican Party are faring the morning after its Tea Party takeover.

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The Caucus | LINKS|

A US Primary primer

As the 2010 Midterm Elections roll underway in the US, NY Times covers the surprise winners and losers from Delaware to New Hampshire and examines the building momentum of the Tea Party amongst Republicans.

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Slate | LINKS|

Sarah the Good Witch of the North

All of Sarah Palin’s supported political candidates had big wins at the US primaries overnight. Palin has a special brand of magic that the Republican Party would be stupid to ignore, says John Dickerson.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Maverick makes a comeback

After looking like it was nearly retirement time, US Senator John McCain heads to the primaries with good odds and a rebound in popularity. But will his recent lurch to the right — particularly in regard to immigration — affect his future?

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Out of the jungle, another bright idea from California

America’s long, drawn-out election season continues, with primary elections in 11 states yesterday (Australian time) to choose candidates for November elections. The results were largely equivocal.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Guide to the US primaries

Eleven US states have the primaries coming up, including the fight for the Democratic majority leader Senator Harry Reid’s seat. NY Times tells you which are the best races to watch.

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Christian Science Monitor | LINKS|

Meet Rand Paul: the new Sarah Palin

Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party pin-up boy Rand Paul is being called the “new Sarah Palin”: a popular political novice making big headlines — for all the right and wrong reasons.

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A bad day (and maybe a bad year) for incumbents in the US

Americans voted overnight in primary elections in four states and one congressional by-election, and this morning as results come in they are being eagerly watched for pointers to the likely direction of mid-term elections in November.

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Same as it ever was

Guy Rundle still reporting from the US Democratic primaries…

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Hillary Clinton – Who is she and when is she leaving?

The US Primaries are lumping along…

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