BLITZER'S BLOG: Millions have already spoken
March 7th, 2012
04:43 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Millions have already spoken

(CNN) - Even though the pundits and the headlines say Mitt Romney is only limping towards the delegates he needs, when you look at the popular vote the lines are a little more clearly drawn. The math seems to be in Romney’s favor, though none of the other candidates seem to be thinking about dropping out.

So far since Iowa and including the ten contests of Super Tuesday, 8,257,860 Americans have voted in the Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. That’s a lot of people who have spoken out.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans • The Situation Room
Santorum, Gingrich to appear at Alabama candidates' forum
March 7th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum, Gingrich to appear at Alabama candidates' forum

Atlanta (CNN) - On the eve of the Alabama primary, Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear at a forum next Monday night sponsored by the state party.

The event, to be sponsored by the Alabama Republican party, is expected to attract thousands of attendees and major national attention, party officials told CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
Obama makes alternative-fuel vehicle push
March 7th, 2012
04:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama makes alternative-fuel vehicle push

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama outlined new plans Wednesday to support the sales and use of alternative-fuel vehicles - including cars and trucks that run on hydrogen and natural gas instead of just those that run on electricity.

The plans are part of a $1 billion National Community Deployment Challenge intended to support the use of natural gas and other alternative fuel technologies, in addition to plug-in vehicles. The president also announced separate incentives to encourage individuals and businesses to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Energy • President Obama
Paul says aloha to Hawaii with new ad
March 7th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul says aloha to Hawaii with new ad

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has yet to win a contest in the GOP nominating process, will release a new television ad in Hawaii ahead of the state's caucuses next week.

His campaign announced the 30-second spot, "Plan," on Wednesday, saying the ad's "upbeat and hopeful" tone aims to focus on Paul's economic recovery goals.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Hawaii • Ron Paul
Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney
March 7th, 2012
02:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney

(CNN) – One of Alabama's largest papers endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday, arguing he would bring a level of business and government competence unparalleled in the GOP field to the White House.

Romney was an "extremely successful businessman and was a very competent governor who accomplished much of his agenda by working across party lines," the Birmingham News said, explaining he has engaged in "shape-shifting... to appeal to conservative primary voters who believe he is too moderate."
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Romney, Santorum camps at odds over delegate math
March 7th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney, Santorum camps at odds over delegate math

(CNN) – Advisers for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparred Wednesday over the delegate landscape in the race for the GOP nomination, for which neither candidate managed to gain the upper hand after Tuesday's voting contests.

In a memo to reporters, Romney Political Director Rich Beeson laid out his camp's view that neither Santorum nor any of the other candidates in the race has any chance of securing enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Gingrich bypasses Kansas to focus on Alabama, Mississippi
March 7th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich bypasses Kansas to focus on Alabama, Mississippi

Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) – Following the Super Tuesday results, Newt Gingrich cancelled a visit to Kansas later this week to instead focus on two must-win southern states.

Less than 24 hours prior the campaign was touting a two-day trip to Kansas in the lead-up to Saturday's caucus. The press release even included a quote from State Director Mike Pirner that said Gingrich is "taking Kansas very seriously and this aggressive schedule is a demonstration of that."
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Filed under: 2012 • Kansas • Newt Gingrich
Romney Sotomayor ads irk Latino groups
March 7th, 2012
01:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney Sotomayor ads irk Latino groups

(CNN) - Mitt Romney has caught the attention of Latinos with campaign ads that highlight the significance of Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court - but it may not be the kind of attention he wants.

In a pro-Romney radio ad released this week in Ohio, conservative Jay Sekulow says that Rick Santorum's 1998 vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the federal circuit court "put her on a path to the Supreme Court."
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Filed under: Ads • Latinos • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Sonia Sotomayor
Romney raises $11.5 million in February
March 7th, 2012
12:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney raises $11.5 million in February

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign raised $11.5 million in February -the second-best month of fundraising to date – spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday.

Meanwhile Rick Santorum raised roughly $9 million in the same month, his campaign has announced.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
Santorum ally calls for Gingrich exit
March 7th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum ally calls for Gingrich exit

(CNN) – The super PAC which has spent millions in support of Rick Santorum came out Wednesday morning with a sharp admonition for Newt Gingrich: it's time to drop out.

"Based on his electoral performance last night and his out-of-step record, it is time for Newt Gingrich to exit the Republican nominating process," Stuart Roy, a Red, White, and Blue Fund advisor, said, adding that Gingrich's "campaign is an obvious non-starter."
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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