Washington (CNN) – The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum Thursday bought $310,000 worth of air time in Illinois - fresh evidence that both his campaign and allies see the state as a key battleground.
Santorum's campaign had already purchased $122,000 of statewide cable time for ads beginning Thursday.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting the campaign trail once again for his good friend Mitt Romney.
With a lot riding on next Tuesday's primary in Illinois, where 66 delegates will be at stake, the former Massachusetts governor greets Republican primary voters at a pancake breakfast Friday morning in Rosemont. Following the event, Romney, the GOP front-runner in the battle for delegates, flies to Puerto Rico, which holds its primary on Sunday.
Washington (CNN) - As the battle for the GOP presidential nomination goes on and on, it seems that more and more Republicans appear to be saying "enough already," according to a new national poll.
A Pew Research Center survey indicates that 47% of Republicans and independent voters who lean towards the GOP say the ongoing primary and caucus process is good for the party, with 43% saying it's bad for the party. When asked the same question in mid-February, by a 55%-36% margin, Republicans said the primary and caucus contests were good for the GOP.
(CNN) – Controversy is brewing in Arizona as the state Senate considers a bill that would give all businesses the option to exclude contraceptives from health insurance coverage.
Supporters say such a law would protect the religious beliefs of employers, while critics assert the tradeoff would be an affront to the liberties of employees.
(CNN) - The sole Congressional member from Puerto Rico on Thursday hit back against Rick Santorum's call for English to become the official language of the U.S. territory as a requirement for statehood.
"Santorum's view is narrow and a limiting view of what America is all about," Pedro Pierluisi, a Democrat, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" "English is the predominant language in the U.S. and will continue to be so, whether Puerto Rico becomes a state or not."
Chicago (CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to arrive at a Colorado federal prison Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on a corruption conviction.
"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," he told a crowd of sign-wielding supporters outside his Chicago home Wednesday. "But this is the law and we follow the law."
(CNN) – Your guide to where the race stands for the Republican presidential nomination:
GOP delegate estimate (as of 3/14/2012):
- Mitt Romney: 498
- Rick Santorum: 239
- Newt Gingrich: 139
- Ron Paul: 69
- Unallocated: 3
Needed to clinch GOP nomination: 1,144
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(CNN) - In his remarks later Thursday at the United Auto Workers Local 12 Hall in Toledo, Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden will mention the Republican candidates by name, per a senior Democratic official.
This is a departure for Team Obama. To date, they have stayed away from outright combat by routinely declining to name the GOP candidates. Now the president's closest surrogate is dropping the fig leaf.
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CNN: With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt
Mitt Romney’s losses in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday offered more stark evidence of a huge stumbling in his quest for the GOP nomination and the White House: his difficulty winning in the evangelical-rich Bible Belt.
CNN: Santorum wins hurt Gingrich as GOP race stretches on
Rick Santorum took his re-energized Republican presidential campaign to Puerto Rico on Wednesday after key primary victories in the South that raised questions about conservative rival Newt Gingrich's viability as a candidate and portended a long battle with frontrunner Mitt Romney.