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NATIONAL
January 1, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Just one day before presidential balloting begins, the quest by conservative Republicans for an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney has pulled yet another upstart from the bottom of the pack: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose faith-and-family pitch may have caught fire in Iowa at the perfect time. From churches to television chat shows, White House hopefuls barreled into the final hours of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, a race suddenly scrambled by Santorum's late surge.
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NATIONAL
February 7, 2012 | By Paul West, Robin Abcarian and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
With no meaningful Republican presidential primaries for another three weeks, Mitt Romney is looking to extend his win streak in a trio of largely symbolic contests Tuesday. But damage from the bruising nomination fight could be glimpsed in new polling data that showed Romney trailing President Obama in a test matchup for the fall election. The ABC-Washington Post survey, released Monday, found that a majority of voting-age Americans said that the more they heard about Romney, the less they liked him. Romney's remaining GOP rivals are looking for a burst of badly needed publicity from Tuesday's caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and a nonbinding "beauty contest" primary in Missouri.
NEWS
February 27, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
In a campaign that has been consumed in recent days by discussion of social issues, Mitt Romney tried to turn voters' attention back to the economy Monday - arguing on the eve of the Michigan primary that he was the only Republican with the credentials to deal with the nation's financial troubles. As Rick Santorum has surged in the polls, there has been increasing attention to some of his controversial comments about gay marriage, birth control and his rejection of an absolute separation of church and state.
OPINION
February 26, 2012
The fact-checking of political ads is a cottage industry in any election year, but the 2012 presidential race has been especially rich in misrepresentations, cheap shots and outright lies. Media critics and services such as FactCheck.org have been working overtime to deconstruct attack ads and quantify their deceptiveness. (The Washington Post bestows up to four "Pinocchios" on deceptive ads, with one Pinocchio indicating "some shading of the facts" and four reflecting "whoppers. ")
NEWS
February 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times
Developer and reality-show star Donald Trump added a touch of glitz and hubris to the CPAC conference Thursday, making a surprise and somewhat surreal appearance to tell the crowd that he still has not decided whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. "This country is in serious trouble," Trump said. He said the United States "is becoming the laughingstock of the world. " "America is missing quality leadership," he said. "I am well acquainted with winning.
OPINION
September 10, 2006
Jonathan Chait compares Europe during World War I with the 2006 midterm elections (Current, Sept. 3). He's more familiar with Great War battlegrounds than Pennsylvania's senatorial history, though. Six years ago, Democrats tried to "win back working-class voters who may be attracted to the party's economic platform but abhor the Democratic cultural agenda" with an anti-choice candidate. But Sen. Rick Santorum won while pro-choice Democrats stayed home and liberal Republicans stayed with their party because they saw no difference between the candidates.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Newt Gingrich visited the Louisiana State University campus at Baton Rouge on Thursday night to speak to students and the Baton Rouge Tea Party. His supporters, it appeared, did not. Though Gingrich received a standing ovation when he entered the lecture hall, and though students clapped and took photos of Gingrich with their phones, those clapping the loudest included Tyler Bethea, 20, who is studying petroleum engineering at LSU and doesn't support...
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Jon Healey
With Rick Santorum staying off the campaign trail for another day to be with his hospitalized toddler, front-runner Mitt Romney has suspended  the barrage of negative campaign ads he's been airing. That seems like a humane move, and he seems like the sort of guy who'd do it for that reason alone. But it may not be the only reason for Romney to call back the hounds. Studies have shown that attack ads tend to reduce public esteem for the target. What's not so clear, however, is whether they inflict more damage on the candidate who uses them.
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