Topic archives: us primaries

Ron Paul is hanging in there, but why?

May 2, 2012

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?

Rick Santorum pulls out of the race

Rick Santorum pulls out of the race

April 11, 2012 1

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

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

April 11, 2012

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.

Santorum ends White House bid

April 11, 2012 3

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.

Santorum downplays chance of success as Southern primaries loom

March 13, 2012

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.

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

March 8, 2012 18

"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.

US primaries an arms race between states

March 8, 2012 8

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?

Number crunching, Mitt’s chances and nature of power

March 7, 2012

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."

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

February 29, 2012 15

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."

Romney misfires in Michigan, admits mistakes

February 29, 2012

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.

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

February 24, 2012

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.

Holy smokes! Romney attack dog compares himself to Batman

February 22, 2012

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.

The primaries in pictures

February 17, 2012

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.

Romney hits accelerator as Michigan campaign stalls

February 16, 2012

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.

Rundle12: the return of Santorum opens the Republican race

February 8, 2012 9

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.

The Tea Party is dead. Long live the Tea Party

February 7, 2012

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.

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

February 6, 2012 21

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.

Obama interviewed by the internet

Obama interviewed by the internet

February 2, 2012

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 […]

Gingrich: it ain’t over

February 1, 2012

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.

Rundle12: no one understands how utterly unconservative Newt Gingrich is

January 31, 2012 28

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.