April 6, 2012 Mitt Romney's sweep in Tuesday's GOP primaries essentially signals the beginning of the general election campaign. President Obama joins the fray, attacking Romney by name; Romney returns the favor a day later. Paul Ryan draws attention from the president as well as those speculating on the GOP ticket.
March 30, 2012 The GOP starts to coalesce behind Romney, but don't tell Santorum just yet. And Gingrich has a new way to get to the nomination. Meanwhile, new calculations on President Obama this week, based on the Court taking up health care and the reaction to the Trayvon Martin killing.
March 23, 2012 Mitt Romney has an impressive victory in Illinois, gets Jeb Bush's backing, revives the inevitability argument and then gets bogged down in an Etch A Sketch distraction. Plus: Illinois primary results, and Barbara Mikulski breaks a record. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving have this week's roundup.
March 16, 2012 Is the battle for the GOP presidential nomination about history? Or is it about math? Santorum may be getting big headlines with his primary wins, but it's Romney who is advancing further to the magic 1,144 number. And more defeats mean more pressure on Gingrich to pull out.
March 9, 2012 It was Super Tuesday all right, but super for whom? Mitt Romney, who won the most states (including Ohio) and the most delegates? Rick Santorum, who carried three contests and remains the primary conservative alternative to Romney? Plus: Olympia Snowe's retirement in Maine may not necessarily be good news for the Democrats. And two House incumbents lose in the Buckeye State.
March 2, 2012 On the political horizon — ten states, four candidates and one Super Tuesday. Can we expect the GOP delegate puzzle to gain clarity following Super Tuesday or will it remain muddled? NPR's Ron Elving and Neal Carruth dissect the momentum each candidate has going into next week's primaries.
February 24, 2012 Was the shootout in Mesa the last debate of the primary season? We're already suffering from withdrawal! This week we recap the debate, and look ahead to Michigan, Arizona and Super Tuesday. And — wait for it — Buddy Roemer leaves the GOP race for president to run as an independent.
February 17, 2012 We're not far away from the Michigan primary, the state where Mitt Romney was born and where his father served as governor in the 1960s. But the most recent polls have Rick Santorum ahead. And that leads to the question that completely freaks out the GOP establishment: What if Romney loses Michigan?
February 10, 2012 So now it's Rick Santorum's turn. No delegates, but plenty of headlines, after his sweep on Tuesday. Once again, it leads to questions about Mitt Romney's inevitability ... as well as Newt Gingrich's hopes for a two-person race. Plus: the Super Bowl and the controversial ads that accompanied it.
February 3, 2012 Newt's momentum is halted in Florida, and now Mitt has what looks to be a good month ahead of him, starting with Nevada on Saturday. Plus: women's health turns (more) political, Gov. Bev Perdue becomes the latest North Carolina Democrat to bow out, and we say goodbye to Boston's Kevin White.
January 27, 2012 The GOP presidential race comes to Florida. Has Romney recovered from his South Carolina drubbing? Has Gingrich's momentum been halted? NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin try to figure it out in time for Florida's Jan. 31 primary. Also, Gabby Giffords bows out in an emotional farewell.
January 20, 2012 It's been a week of shakeups in the GOP primary race. Just days before South Carolina's Jan. 21 primary, two candidates ended their campaigns, another contended with a TV bombshell and Iowa revisited its caucus results. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the shifting political landscape.
January 13, 2012 Mitt Romney won New Hampshire, but the real story is two-fold: Ron Paul is doing better than anticipated and is not going away soon. And Jon Huntsman, who went all-out in N.H., is not going anywhere, and no "ticket to ride" spin is going to work after a third-place finish.
January 6, 2012 With Mitt Romney savoring his "landslide" win in Iowa and Rick Santorum coming out of nowhere to reach the top tier, the scene now switches to New Hampshire where Ron Elving and Ken Rudin were camped out to discuss what's next in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.