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October 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Yet another Republican presidential hopeful seems to have a one-state strategy. Michele Bachmann's entire paid staff in New Hampshire has quit the campaign, which is increasingly focusing all of its resources on a victory in the Iowa caucuses. WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., first reported the departure of Bachmann's six officials, who left "over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment" to the state. The Minnesota congresswoman had already been heavily focused on the Hawkeye State, and the loss of what little New Hampshire operation she had only clarifies her strategy.
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NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Yet another Republican presidential hopeful seems to have a one-state strategy. Michele Bachmann's entire paid staff in New Hampshire has quit the campaign, which is increasingly focusing all of its resources on a victory in the Iowa caucuses. WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., first reported the departure of Bachmann's six officials, who left "over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment" to the state. The Minnesota congresswoman had already been heavily focused on the Hawkeye State, and the loss of what little New Hampshire operation she had only clarifies her strategy.
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
After watching the ups and downs of the Republican presidential campaign from the sidelines since mid-August, Tim Pawlenty voiced second thoughts Monday about his decision to pull out of the race after a third place showing at the Ames straw poll. Speaking at the unveiling of his official portrait commemorating his time as governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty said it was “the wrong call” to invest so heavily in the Iowa straw poll, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pawlenty placed far behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul in the Ames contest.
NEWS
October 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Ron Paul met the crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday more than halfway. Speaking to a packed hotel ballroom filled with his admirers, the Republican presidential candidate laced his usual attacks on American fiscal and foreign policy with biblical allusions. He likened the sprawling federal government to the king sought by the Israelites in the book of Samuel. “We have too long relied upon our king in Washington and we have to change that,” Paul told the crowd, which was enthusiastic considering the early-morning hour.
NEWS
October 8, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas turned out his well-organized crop of supporters Saturday and won a presidential preference straw poll with 37% of the vote. Coming in second place in the poll of social conservatives at the annual Values Voter Summit was retired pizza chain executive Herman Cain, who pulled in 23% of the vote.  Cain, who won a surprise victory in a straw poll last month in Florida, delivered a rousing speech Friday afternoon in which he joked about the pressure that comes with breaking into the “top tier” of candidates in the GOP primary race.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Rep. Ron Paul raised more than $8 million for his presidential campaign in the last three months, the Texas congressman announced Wednesday. Paul touted the grass-roots nature of his haul, noting that more than 100,000 individual donors contributed to his campaign. By comparison, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he raised more than $17 million from 22,000 donors. “If you get $8 million, half as much, and you get it from small individual donors who are fervently engaged in campaigning for you, that's a lot different than getting money that more than likely might have come, for the other candidates, from special interests,” Paul said at a luncheon at the National Press Club.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2011 | Robin Abcarian
Rick Santorum hasn't won any straw polls. When it comes to fundraising, he's the poor kid on the block. And unlike former pizza executive Herman Cain or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, no one has ever described him as "the flavor of the month. " But here, in the conservative heart of a conservative state, some have embraced the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania as the tortoise in a very long race for the Republican presidential nomination. While the ground shifts for those in the top tier, Santorum plods over hill and dale, spending almost all of his time and what little money he has in the early-voting states, turning in reliably pugnacious performances in debates (when he gets to speak)
NATIONAL
October 2, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Michele Bachmann's appearance on a talk radio show here should have been a breeze. Ronald Reagan was a sportscaster at the station in his early days, and his memorabilia is sprinkled around the office. The host was a friendly conservative. But Bachmann repeatedly was asked the central question for her campaign: Does she have to win Iowa's caucuses to keep her presidential campaign alive? She danced around an answer, saying she planned to win, until finally relenting when asked a third time whether failure would doom her effort.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
After swarming Iowa before the August straw poll, presidential candidates have largely fled in favor of fundraising and events elsewhere. But their campaigns are working furiously as the winter caucuses loom. The campaigns are snatching up the most coveted activists and endorsements and signing up leaders for each of the state's 99 counties and the nearly 1,800 precincts. These workers, mostly volunteers, are charged with persuading the more than 100,000 voters expected on caucus night to support their candidate, and minding the details that make victory possible, like arranging rides on a freezing winter night.
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