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N2K Presidential Race

Rivals' Talk Can't Top Romney's Walk

A chatty Gingrich took to the talk shows while Romney was silent in victory.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Newt Gingrich had a lot to say as he made his talk show rounds on Sunday.

He accused President Obama of “declaring war on the Catholic Church.” He called Mitt Romney “pro-abortion,” “pro-gun control” and “pro-tax increase.” He defended his lunar ambitions. And he said he would be “very competitive” in the delegate count, after Texas votes in April.

 

Santorum also spoke out, attacking both Romney and Gingrich. And so did Ron Paul, complaining that low turnout contributed to his performance—and that Nevada was still too early to call on Sunday morning when it came to second-place.

Conspicuously absent was Romney, who won big in Florida and Nevada and now faces a very friendly February elections calendar leading up to Super Tuesday. Such is the case for a frontrunner whose momentum is gaining: the numbers start to speak for themselves.

—Glen Justice

 


NATIONAL JOURNAL
’S PRIMARY REPORT

Romney's Victory Sweeps Many Demographics
Mitt Romney ran up big margins across a wide swath of demographic groups, including Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals and Mormons. He also won big with conservatives and even tea party voters, as National Journal's Steven Shepard reports.

Are Gas Prices the New Attack on Obama? (Gingrich Seems to Think So)
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As unemployment continues to tick downward, Republicans are searching for messages other than joblessness with which to bludgeon President Obama, as National Journal's Shane Goldmacher reports. On Sunday, Newt Gingrich hinted at such a new line of attack: Gas prices.

Late Nevada Caucus Draws Complaints
 
A late caucus opportunity set up for Jewish and Seventh-day Adventist voters who couldn't come earlier in the day angered some non-religious voters who were turned away.

In This Race, Children are Everywhere
Unlike years past, this election cycle is notable for the number of candidate offspring directly involved in the campaigns, providing a ready supply of blood-loyal surrogates, as National Journal's Matt Vasilogambros reports.

Gingrich: 'Competitive' in Delegates After Texas

Gingrich suggested his path to the nomination runs through the South, which won't vote again until Super Tuesday in March.

Gingrich: Romney is 'Pro-Abortion,' Pro-Gun Control,' Pro-Tax Increase'

Gingrich lashed out at Romney on Sunday with another barrage of liberal characterizations, after Romney won big in Nevada.

Gingrich Says Obama 'Declared War on the Catholic Church'

Gingrich attacked the Obama administration's policy that requires church-affiliated employers to cover birth control in their health plans.

Gingrich Defends Lunar Ambitions

He won't give it up, despite ridicule: Gingrich said his talk of a Moon colony was "not a slip."

Paul: Too Soon to Call Nevada

Ron Paul insisted that because of the "chaos" in the Nevada caucuses and because all the votes are not yet fully counted, the caucuses may turn out better for him than originally thought, as National Journal's Alexandra Jaffe reports.

Santorum: Romney 'Doesn't Create the Contrast'

Santorum slammed both Romney and Gingrich in an attempt to manage the fallout of his last-place finish in Nevada.

Obama, Romney Hold Super Bowl Events in Indiana—PICTURES
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Heavy-hitters in the sports and political worlds will attend both parties, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (Romney) and Reggie Love (Obama).

Slot Machines and Gin Endorsements: Political Moments in Las Vegas—VIDEO
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Sin City offered a theatric background for a dramatic caucus night. Here, a slideshow of some of the more unusual aspects of Las Vegas political theater.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE NEWS SUMMARY

GOP Race Turns to Colorado, Minnesota

[Associated Press, 2/5/12] Even though Romney won Nevada, the race isn’t over yet. With Gingrich pledging to campaign on through Super Tuesday, the candidates turn to Colorado and Minnesota for their next battles.

Gingrich Patron Could Have a Plan B: Romney
[New York Times, 2/4/12] Though he has a long-standing relationship with Newt Gingrich, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has given a super PAC supporting Gingrich millions in donations, is considering backing Romney, The New York Times reports.

Analysis: Romney Win Leaves Rivals Few Options

[Associated Press, 2/5/12] The AP’s Beth Fouhy writes that Romney’s first-place showing in Nevada makes it difficult for his rivals to continue to argue that he’s not the candidate Republican voters want for their nominee.

Nevada Caucuses 2012: 5 Takeaways

[Politico, 2/5/12] The outcome of the Nevada caucuses revealed a number of things, including the fact that Ron Paul’s organization isn’t as strong as expected, Politico reports.

Paul: Focus On Delegates, Not ‘Must-Win’ States

[Wall Street Journal, 2/4/12] Paul says he’s concentrating on racking up enough delegates to have a voice at the Republican National Convention rather than looking for wins in pivotal states.

Gingrich Campaign Offers Detailed Plan to Carry On
[Washington Post, 2/5/12] In intense strategy meetings in Nevada this past week, Gingrich’s campaign came up with a strategy for the rest of the campaign trail that is based on winning precise numbers of delegates and focuses on the South

 

Gingrich Plots His Comeback
[Newsweek, 2/6/12] Gingrich may be down but he refuses to get out, and the former House Speaker may even fight harder than before with the odds stacked against him.

Paul Has Plans for Romney

[The Daily Beast, 2/5/12] If Ron Paul can amass enough voters to have a voice at the Republican National Convention, he plans to use it to whisper in Romney’s ear.

3 Takeaways From Romney's Nevada Blowout

[BuzzFeed, 2/5/12] BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins writes that Nevada undermined its first-in-the-West standing, and two other lessons learned from Saturday night's caucuses.

Super Bowl Ads and Politics
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[Politico, 2/5/12] Much to the candidates' chagrin, there's a veritable blackout for political ads during the Super Bowl — they'll miss out on the millions of eyeballs trained on the Giants-Pats game. But political advocacy groups and one fringe candidate have pushed to get their ads up during the event. Over the years, some have made it on air, and The Hill has a list of the most controversial.

 

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