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January 6, 2012 | By Paul West
New Hampshire is coming up roses for Mitt Romney heading into the nation's first primary. But could there be some thorns? The answer should be clearer by Saturday night. Ed Rogers, a former White House political director under President George H.W. Bush, calls Saturday evening's televised debate “the most important event of the campaign.” The trailing candidates need “a game-changer,”  he said. “If anybody is going to throw tacks in Romney's road, it's got to be in the debate.” Otherwise, the race could effectively be over in as little as two weeks.
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January 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman on Friday condemned an Internet video that appears to be from supporters of Ron Paul that uses his time in China - and even his adopted daughters - to question his values. The video, posted to YouTube by the account "NHLiberty4Paul," first calls Huntsman the "Manchurian Candidate," asking: "What's he hiding?" It then shows footage of Huntsman speaking Mandarin, and photos and video of him and adopted daughter Gracie Mei. It goes on to ask if Huntsman "share[s]
NEWS
January 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The tight Iowa caucuses result Tuesday -- a measly eight-vote win by Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum -- was the closest contest in the state's history, besting on the Republican side the 1980 caucuses won by George H.W. Bush narrowly over Ronald Reagan. And yet, the New Hampshire primary that followed just weeks later produced the biggest blowout in the modern history of the contest -- a 27-point Reagan landslide. If polls are to be believed, next week's result could rival that.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman branded Mitt Romney as the choice of the party establishment in an appeal to independent-minded New Hampshire voters Wednesday. "You're going to have a choice this election cycle. The establishment is going to tee up Mitt Romney and they're going to say there's your guy," Huntsman said at a town hall meeting at Manchester's public service utility. "But you know what? This nation can't afford a status quo president. " Hours after Romney appeared elsewhere in Manchester with 2008 GOP nominee and two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain, Huntsman said his rival's support from dozens of Washington lawmakers showed he was not the candidate of change.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
If any candidate has taken pleasure in watching former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's surge in Iowa, it is Jon Huntsman Jr., who has focused his presidential campaign almost exclusively on winning New Hampshire. After trailing their rivals in the polls for much of this year, Santorum and Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, found kinship in the fact that they were often relegated to far ends of the stage during the GOP debates -- struggling to get a word in as more prominent contenders such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry dominated the discussion.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rick Santorum's last-minute surge has him just hours away from what might be a stunning top-three finish in the Iowa caucuses, and even with a resource-starved campaign, the former senator vows it's only the beginning. "I would say we've done this on shoestring, but that would be insulting shoestrings," he joked on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday. Santorum says he'll campaign aggressively in all of the upcoming primary states, even as other rivals plan to skip New Hampshire and move on to a likely showdown in South Carolina.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Enjoying his final moment in the New Hampshire spotlight before the other GOP candidates roll into the state from Iowa, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. urged several hundred Granite State voters to “upend convention wisdom” by granting him a win in the Jan. 10 primary. At a town hall in Peterborough on Tuesday night, Huntsman said he had a message for the winner of the Iowa caucuses: “Welcome to New Hampshire. Nobody cares.” Huntsman is facing long odds in New Hampshire, the state that he had hoped would serve as his launching pad to the Republican nomination.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
The reordering of the Republican presidential race won't be known until late Tuesday when the results of the Iowa caucuses are released, but one thing that is clear is that the candidates are heading into Romney country in New Hampshire over the next week. Through all the wild swings in the polls this year, Romney has held a solid lead in the Granite State - 43% in Tuesday's Suffolk University/7News tracking poll and 39% in the Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire survey released on Christmas Day - consistently outpacing his nearest rivals by some 20 points.
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January 3, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Set to the music from"The Twilight Zone,” Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign posted an ad last week casting rival Ron Paul as a “crazy uncle.” The ad, the first in what was promised to be a weekly series titled “The Ron Paul Chronicles,” highlighted some of Paul's more controversial views. (Watch the ad below.) Perhaps that's why someone in the Paul campaign took to Twitter on Tuesday night - as Paul was in a virtual dead heat with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for first place in the Iowa caucuses -- to taunt Huntsman, who did not compete in Iowa and was on track to place last with less than 1% of the vote.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2012 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
Political committees unfettered by donation limits are dominating the last weeks of the presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, funding aggressive attack campaigns that are swamping the efforts of the candidates themselves. In Ohio, $3 million in ads funded by secret donors have already been aired against the state's incumbent Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown - a year before the election. In California, three of the committees financed by unlimited donations have formed in recent weeks to back Rep. Howard L. Berman of Valley Village, who has been forced by redistricting into a primary battle against fellow Democratic incumbent Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks.
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