January 31st, 2012
11:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich daughter defends father

(CNN) – One of Newt Gingrich’s daughters found no fault with their father not calling Florida GOP primary victor Mitt Romney after his win in the Sunshine State.

“I'm not really sure I would say it's graceless,” Kathy Gingrich Lubbers told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday. “What it is, is the reality that he's moved on and we're looking forward to the next 46 states.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood
January 31st, 2012
10:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood

(CNN) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation revealed Tuesday it was cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, sparking an outcry from abortion rights advocates blaming “political pressure” and praise from an anti-abortion group.

The major breast cancer research group cut funds to the prominent family planning organization after Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny from Congress over how it provides abortion services. The Komen Foundation gave few details on the reasons behind the decision, attributing the announcement to "changes in priorities and policies" and the need to "most fully advance [its] mission."
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Filed under: Abortion • Congress • Planned Parenthood
January 31st, 2012
09:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum looks past Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Before a rally at his Nevada headquarters Tuesday night, Rick Santorum reacted to the news that Mitt Romney had cruised to victory in the Florida primary just wrapping up across the country.

"I'm not surprised," he said. "We decided obviously that that was a – that's a death match that I didn't want to get involved in, the resources you had to spend to compete there. We decided that this was going to be a long campaign and we were going to get out and run a campaign across this country."
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Nevada • Rick Santorum
Democratic groups rake in $19 million in 2011
January 31st, 2012
09:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Democratic groups rake in $19 million in 2011

(CNN) – Six groups supporting Democratic candidates announced on Tuesday that their combined 2011 fundraising topped $19 million, according to one of the groups, American Bridge 21st Century.

The amount is significantly less than the $51 million fundraising number reported earlier in the day by American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the groups' counterparts supporting Republican candidates.
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BREAKING: Romney wins Florida primary, CNN projects
January 31st, 2012
08:02 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Romney wins Florida primary, CNN projects

(CNN) - Mitt Romney will win the Florida primary, CNN projected Tuesday in a result that will cement the front-running status of the former Massachusetts governor for the Republican presidential nomination.

With more than one third of the vote counted, Romney had about 47% of the tally, according to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Gingrich had garnered nearly 32%. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was in third, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

For continuing coverage, click here to follow the Ticker's live blog of the Florida primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
Santorum puts down a marker in new ad
January 31st, 2012
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum puts down a marker in new ad

(CNN) - Looking beyond Florida's primary, Rick Santorum's campaign on Tuesday released a blistering new television ad set to air in Nevada ahead of the state's caucuses.

But the negative commercial features "opponents" not typically mentioned in ads put out by Santorum's campaign.

CNN Live: Tune in to CNN on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live coverage of the Florida primary results and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Nevada • Rick Santorum
Crossroads' $51 million haul
January 31st, 2012
06:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads' $51 million haul

Washington (CNN) - Together American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS raised $51 million in 2011, according to the groups' communications director Jonathan Collegio.

He said American Crossroads the super PAC raised $18.4 million and Crossroads GPS raised $32.6 million. Only the super PAC is required to declare its funding to the Federal Election Commission today.

CNN Live: Tune in to CNN on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live coverage of the Florida primary results and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads
Gingrich camp raised $10 million in fourth quarter
January 31st, 2012
06:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich camp raised $10 million in fourth quarter

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign reported raising nearly $10 million during the final three months of 2011, according to its Federal Election Commission filing released Tuesday.

A spokesman for the candidate also announced on Twitter earlier in the day that the campaign had raised $5 million in January.

CNN Live: Tune in to CNN on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live coverage of the Florida primary results and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Newt Gingrich
Obama campaign reports 4th quarter fundraising, bundlers
January 31st, 2012
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign reports 4th quarter fundraising, bundlers

Washington (CNN) - The Obama campaign has officially reported to the Federal Election Commission raising $68 million from 583,000 donors in the 4th quarter of 2011, according to an Obama campaign official.

These numbers are consistent with those announce by the campaign in a video released in early January.

CNN Live: Tune in to CNN on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live coverage of the Florida primary results and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Live blog of the Florida primary
Mitt Romney stands with his sons as they watch early election returns on CNN before attendinng their Florida primary night party January 31, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
January 31st, 2012
04:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Live blog of the Florida primary

(CNN) - Florida voters headed to the polls Tuesday and delivered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a decisive victory one month and three contests into the 2012 GOP primary election. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in second place, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Read all the details and CNN reporting from primary night below and see all the results at CNNPolitics.com. Follow us on Twitter at #cnnelections or @PoliticalTicker. Read more here.

11:00 p.m. ET @crowleyCNN: What remains twitpic.com/8e7gcb

10:58 p.m. ET - Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, now a Gingrich supporter, said the voters in Florida delivered a "double digit shellacking" to the former House speaker, but added that the 2012 primary race is a "long way from over."

10:45 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Some truck ops (not ours) outside Romney event already griping about looming Secret Service protection. Security sweeps!

10:43 p.m. ET - @MeganGrantCNN: Gingrich daughters to Piers: "We knew this wasn't our state or our time or place." #CNNElections


10:32 p.m. ET
@DanaBashCNN: Santorum still at nevada hq schmoozing w supporters #cnnelections pic.twitter.com/MrgO2sDD

10:30 p.m. ET
- Appearing on CNN, Ralph Reed, president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Romney's win in Florida is "very impressive," especially his lead among Evangelical, Catholic and Latino voters.

10:24 p.m. ET
@deirdrewalshcnn: Santorum on CNN says speech tomorrow contrasting Romneycare and obamacare will draw issue contrasts unlike Gingrich focusing on attacks

10:23 p.m. ET - Appearing live on CNN, Santorum differentiated himself from the other candidates in the race by stressing his discipline and pointing to his scheduled address Wednesday on health care.

10:17 p.m. ET - CNN Political Analyst Ronald Brownstein: "Mitt Romney expanded his following among key center-hugging groups while narrowing rival Newt Gingrich's appeal among populist Republican voters." Read more here.

10:11 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN reports: A federal law enforcement source tells CNN that Romney will receive Secret Service Protection "within days."
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
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