CNN Poll: Catholic support for Romney crucial in Ohio
March 5th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Catholic support for Romney crucial in Ohio

(CNN) - Strong support by Catholic voters in Ohio appears to be one reason why Mitt Romney is now deadlocked with Rick Santorum, according to a new survey released one day before the state holds its Super Tuesday Republican presidential primary.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that it's a dead heat between Romney and Santorum, with both the former Massachusetts governor and the former senator from Pennsylvania each grabbing 32% of likely GOP primary voters in Ohio. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at 14%, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 11%.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN poll • Georgia • Ohio
Super PACs prepare for long haul
March 5th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Super PACs prepare for long haul

Atlanta (CNN) – With the prospects that voting on Tuesday will likely produce a divided outcome, two of the super PACs supporting Republican candidates are already on the air in the states voting next week.

Both Winning Our Future, which is backing Newt Gingrich, and the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future have bought commercial time in Alabama and Mississippi, which vote next Tuesday and which are key Southern contests. Restore Our Future confirmed it has purchased $640,000 of additional air time beginning Wednesday in those two states on top of $715,000 worth of commercials now on the air there.

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Republicans
March 5th, 2012
03:12 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: What Israel Really Wants

(CNN) – I’m skeptical that the Israelis are getting ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. In the end, they might do it. But I suspect they are not yet ready to do so anytime soon.

That’s because they are talking so much about it. If they were really ready to move their F-15s and F-16s and their submarine-launched missiles against targets in Iran, they would be a lot more quiet.

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Romney on message in Ohio
March 5th, 2012
01:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney on message in Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) – Closing in on another hard-fought battle with Rick Santorum, on Monday Mitt Romney drilled down on his economic message in the battleground state of Ohio.

"If you think this campaign against President Obama is going to be about the economy, and jobs, and government being too big, then I'm the guy you need to nominate," Romney told an audience at a Canton guard rail factory the day before the state's primary.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
Tea party not settled on any one candidate
Tea party activist William Temple attends the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
March 5th, 2012
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea party not settled on any one candidate

(CNN) - Ask different tea party volunteers in the days before Super Tuesday who the leading presidential candidate is and you will get different answers.

Rick Santorum has a lot of support in our unscientific polls, said Mark West of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tea Party.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Tea Party movement
New Polls: Dead heat in Ohio
March 5th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

New Polls: Dead heat in Ohio

(CNN) - One day before the state joins nine others in holding Super Tuesday GOP presidential nomination contests, two new polls out Monday afternoon indicate it's all tied up.

According to an American Research Group survey, 35% of likely Ohio Republican primary voters say they are backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with 28% supporting former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Romney's seven point advantage is just within the survey's sampling error, meaning it's all knotted up.

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Polls
Former Bush A.G. Ashcroft backs Romney
March 5th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Bush A.G. Ashcroft backs Romney

(CNN) – John Ashcroft, who served as U.S. attorney general in the administration of George W. Bush, became one of the first major names from that White House to endorse a presidential candidate Monday.

Ashcroft backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, saying in a statement, "No other candidate stands out for his executive leadership experience or ability to accomplish difficult tasks as does Mitt Romney."

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.

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Filed under: 2012 • John Ashcroft • Mitt Romney
Poll: Primaries taking toll on GOP presidential candidates
March 5th, 2012
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Primaries taking toll on GOP presidential candidates

(CNN) – One day before the four Republican White House hopefuls battle for delegates in the ten states holding Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, a new survey indicates that the fight for the GOP presidential nomination is hurting the party's image.

According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll, four in ten adults say the primary process has left them with a less favorable impression of the GOP, with just over one in ten saying the primaries and caucuses have given them a more favorable view of the party.

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.
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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Republicans
Gingrich to throw down debate gauntlet
March 5th, 2012
11:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich to throw down debate gauntlet

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich will challenge his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination to a debate next week, the former House speaker said Monday.

Gingrich said he expects to extend the invitation Tuesday for a forum in Mississippi or Alabama, where voters head to the polls on March 13.

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Mississippi • Newt Gingrich
March 5th, 2012
10:46 AM ET
2 years ago

McCain: Limbaugh remarks 'totally unacceptable'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain became the latest Republican Monday to chastise talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for using incendiary language to describe a law student who advocated health insurance coverage of contraception at a Democratic hearing on Capitol Hill.

Speaking on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," the Arizona lawmaker and 2008 GOP presidential nominee said Limbaugh was an "entertainer," but that the remarks were "totally unacceptable, totally and completely unacceptable, and there's no place for it."

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain
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