A volunteer arranges buttons before Mitt Romney speaks Wednesday in Clinton, Iowa.
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December 29, 2011 No matter which direction he goes in Iowa today, the former Massachusetts governor will seem to have the wind at his back. A new Time/CNN poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers puts Mitt Romney in the lead, and campaign staffers expect big crowds again at Romney events, similar to what he saw yesterday.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann signs autographs at the Pizza Ranch in Indianola, Iowa, on Wednesday. The restaurant was largely empty aside from a few local Iowans, media and Bachmann staff.
December 28, 2011 It's increasingly clear who among the six GOP candidates competing in Iowa will likely leave without a coveted win, place or show "ticket" out on Jan. 3. NPR traveled to Indianola, Iowa, to check out events for two once high-flying candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
A young supporter backs former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he speaks on Wednesday at Homer's Deli and Bakery in Clinton, Iowa.
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December 28, 2011 The former Massachusetts governor took a swipe at GOP rival Ron Paul and his isolationist foreign policy positions while campaigning in Iowa Wednesday, but he later told reporters he would support the outspoken Texas congressman if he were the Republican Party nominee for president.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry attends the Westside Conservative Club breakfast Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa.
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December 28, 2011 The Texas governor asked a federal court to stop Virginia from printing its March 6 GOP primary ballots while it considers a legal challenge to the ballot qualification measures, which would leave only two candidates on the official Republican ballot. Newt Gingrich also is considering action.
An Occupy camp at College Green Park in Iowa City, Iowa. The camp was mostly empty aside from three men.
December 28, 2011 The rumor has been out there for weeks, and the state's voting laws suggest it could be possible: though only registered Republicans may participate, anyone can register for the party on caucus night and vote.
December 16, 2011 Newt Gingrich used one of his favorite talking points, that when he was speaker of the House, he "balanced the budget for four straight years, paid off $405 billion in debt." But PolitiFact checked the numbers and found he's off on both counts.
With a month to go before Iowa kicks off the 2012 election calendar, Newt Gingrich has improbably found himself as the GOP frontrunner.
December 5, 2011 POLITICAL JUNKIE: No one saw this coming. But why should we have? Newt Gingrich's entire career is pockmarked with the kind of problems that would normally disqualify anyone seriously considering a run for president.
GOP presidential candidates at a debate on the economy, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, Oct. 11, 2011.
October 11, 2011 Unlike the previous half-dozen debates, this one took place around a table. And by sitting everyone down, the sponsors managed to elevate the discussion.
October 7, 2011 The candidates' appearances will all be streamed online.
Herman Cain shakes hands with a family at a Petersburg, Fla. book signing, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.
October 6, 2011 Herman Cain vaults to head of GOP class with simple message and great delivery. But staying power is questioned since he doesn't have much in the way of an organization or money. He also appears to have benefited from Republican voters tiring of the other candidates.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. in August. Rubio's dispute with Univision has provoked a boycott of the network's presidential debate.
October 5, 2011 After a dispute between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Univision, the senator's friends called for a boycott of the network's January presidential debate. Five candidates have so far agreed.
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September 28, 2011 Sunshine State Republicans have long been expected to throw the 2012 GOP presidential primary-and-caucus season into its usual chaos.Reports Wednesday that legislators will schedule the state's primary on Jan. 31, a week earlier than the tentative date for the usual first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, would accomplish that.
September 23, 2011 Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.
September 12, 2011 The former Minnesota governor was the first major candidate to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. He says Romney has "the unique qualifications" to be president. Tonight, GOP contenders debate in Florida.
September 8, 2011 National Journal provides more evidence of the long odds President Obama faces in trying to get his jobs proposals through Congress. Many inside the Beltway Republicans polled by the news outlet say jobs legislation just isn't a priority for them.
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