(CNN) - Despite big gains in the polls for Newt Gingrich in several key early voting states, fellow GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney still maintains a wide advantage in the first-in-the-nation-primary state of New Hampshire.
According to a new poll out Wednesday, Romney leads Gingrich in the state 38% to 20%, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman making a significant bump to third place with 13%.
(CNN) – An influential conservative magazine announced its “anti-endorsement” on Wednesday, urging voters to exclude a handful of Republican presidential candidates from their consideration.
The editorial board of National Review most strongly came out against former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who’s quickly seized the top spot in the GOP presidential horserace.
Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) - Ann Romney said Wednesday that her husband’s presidential campaign is bracing for a protracted Republican primary fight that could become a race for delegates extending well into the spring.
“We are ready and prepared, for however long, whether it’s quick or fast, to get Mitt the nomination,” Romney told about 30 Republicans gathered in a supporter’s home in Council Bluffs. “I am confident he will get the nomination, and by the way, I am also extremely confident he will beat Barack Obama."
Harlan, Iowa (CNN) – During a tour Wednesday afternoon of Molded Products - a medical-equipment manufacturing facility in Harlan, Iowa - Rick Perry was asked by the company's owner, David Tyrrel, if he favored a proposal that would offer incentives to health care providers who accept money from the U.S. government to purchase equipment from U.S. manufacturers.
Tyrrel told Perry that he had raised the issue with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and President Barack Obama when they visited his facility, but neither had done anything about it.
Washington (CNN) – In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.
There was no immediate sign that a deal was near, but the meeting could be an indication they finally are working directly with each other toward resolving the dispute that threatens to shutter the government at the end of the week and raise the payroll tax rate on working Americans at the end of the month.
Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is getting a nasty taste of what’s to come.
As the former House speaker stood in a classroom at the University of Iowa and began to detail his vision for a federal brain-science project dedicated to curing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, Occupy Iowa City protesters started shouting.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann hit back on Wednesday after rival and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said she wasn't ready to be president.
"I've won four races since the time that Rick Santorum lost his race," Bachmann said on CNN's "John King, USA," referring to Santorum’s re-election defeat in 2006.
(CNN) - House GOP leaders are considering a move that would try to force a vote on a huge government spending bill caught up in the fight over the payroll tax cut extension, according to two Republican members.
In a closed door House Republican conference meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner floated the option of not waiting for Democrats to sign off on a final agreement between the House and Senate on the measure.
(CNN) - GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of the Washington Examiner Wednesday, a boost from an editorial page with a long history in conservative politics.
In an editorial that spends as much space slamming Newt Gingrich as it does praising Romney, the Examiner declares Romney "the only Republican who can beat Obama," citing recent polls that show the former Massachusetts governor faring better against President Barack Obama than Gingrich.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said he used to make people take a test before they could work on his staff during his time as a Pennsylvania senator and seemed to suggest he may institute the practice once more if elected to the nation's highest office.
Santorum was responding to an audience member who asked for more details on personnel in a potential Santorum administration.