Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won two primaries in the GOP nominating process, but finished fourth in the Iowa Caucus, officially suspended his campaign today.
- Deb Belt
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reported. Gingrich characterized his time on the trail as "a truly wild ride." He said that he and his wife, Callista, had "an amazing year." Addressing the future of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, Gingrich said that he's been asked whether the former Massachusetts governor is "conservative enough." He said the contest "isn't a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan." Rather, he said in taking a shot at President Barack Obama, it's "a choice between Romney and "the most radical, leftist president in American history." Despite hitting bumps in the road, it wasn…
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The former U.S. Speaker trounces Mitt Romney in South Carolina, which makes Santorum's victory in Iowa -- however late -- all the more important.
Former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich trounced Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary less than 24 hours after GOP officials finally acknowledged that Rick Santorum -- and not Romney -- won the Iowa Caucus. Gingrich's victory in South Carolina proved that reports of his campaign's death back in June were decidedly premature. The polls Saturday night had barely closed when the country's major news outlets projected Gingrich the winner. With 95 percent of the vote counted, Gingrich was at 41 percent to Romney's 27 percent, with Santorum at 17 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 13 percent, the Associated Press reported. Had Romney won in South Carolina, as he looked on his way to accomplishing just a week ago, Iowa's mishandling of the …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Speaking from South Carolina, Rick Perry concludes that there is "No viable path forward" for him in the 2012 bid for the presidency and suspends his campaign.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is throwing in the towel on his bid for the presidency. In a press conference held this morning in Charleston, S.C., Perry said he was suspending his campaign for the GOP nomination and endorsing Newt Gingrich. "I always believed the mission is greater than the man," said Perry. "Therefore, today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States." Perry finished a disappointing fifth place in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus after starting off his campaign in August by immediately vaulting to the front of the pack the day he announced. He entered the race the day of the Ames Straw Poll — which was won by Michele Bachmann, who dropped out after placing sixth in the Caucuses — stealing her…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Missing political news? Here is coverage of the New Hampshire primaries from our Patch colleagues out East. And we want to know: Do you miss the attention, Iowa?
Editor's Note: The Iowa caucuses are now behind us. The presidential candidates are no longer barging into our coffee shops to shake our hands, or usurping our TV commercial time. Still, after months of attention, I confess I miss writing and hearing about the race for the GOP nomination on an hourly basis. In case you missed, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walked away with a big win Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. It was expected, but many feel he now is firmly the man to beat for the nomination. Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished a solid, but distant, second place. This comes a week after Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished in a virtual tie for first in the Iowa Caucus. Paul finished a few points …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Caucus Rewind: Truly, we loved having you here. But we’re not all that sorry to see you go.
Goodbye, you and yours. By you, we mean the candiates, and by yours, we mean the national and international press corps, who move with the candiates amoeba-like, changing in shape and size as campaign intensity heightens. And by we, I mean Iowans. That no one was trampled to death during the Caucuses surely must count as one of this rich Iowa tradition's successes. One last time, some favorite images from the Iowa Caucuses. View the gallery – with editorial comment. There was a moment the other day at a Ron Paul rally when, trapped in the media vortex, I seriously wondered if "The Who" concert in Cincinnati meant anything to any of those people. Probably not. This was a young crowd. Wedged against a portable cube-shaped riser one of the …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Iowans picked polar opposite candidates, but will that hurt its standing as first-in-the-nation Caucus?
Iowans offered the nation something less than a clear path forward with Tuesday night’s razor-thin finish, which gave the rest of the country a vastly disparate trio of top candidates in the Iowa Caucus. Republican consultant Chris Drummond, who ran U.S. Sen. John McCain’s South Carolina campaign in 2008, told a Charleston, SC news station, “This is obviously step one for the process. For us here in South Carolina, it means absolutely nothing.” It raises an interesting question: Did Iowa hold up its end of the bargain as voters prepare to hit the polls in New Hampshire on Jan. 10 and in South Carolina on Jan. 21 and so on throughout the nation? Political watchers in Iowa and elsewhere backed Iowa’s first-in-the-nation performance this time…
Organizers hope their Occupy The Caucus protests are the 'least organized' demonstrations around the presidential campaign.
Heading into the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, Occupy Des Moines had logged upwards of 50 arrests after a week of protesting every presidential candidate and were already claiming victory. Yet, the true test of whether organizers achieved their goals won’t come with results of the caucuses Tuesday night. Rather, it’ll be later in the month when candidates move out of Iowa and on to other early voting states. “We’ve done our job,” said David Goodner, an Occupy Des Moines member and organizer. “We’ll keep at it and everything but it’s time to take this thing out to New Hampshire, and Nevada and South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states.” Goodner said this is one model for how Occupy Wall Street can take the movement into the 2012 election …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Experts say Mitt Romney did what he had to do in Iowa, and is on a clear path to the nomination. Paul and Bachmann among the losers.
Political watchers say Mitt Romney did what he had to do in the Iowa Caucus and has a clear path to the Republican nomination for president. While former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum virtually tied Romney Tuesday, he lacks the general appeal to truly contest the former Massachusetts governor, experts say. Meanwhile, for third place finisher Ron Paul, the results were a setback. Now Romney heads to New Hampshire. Santorum may—or he could just focus on South Carolina. Romney continues to stay clearly in the lead in New Hampshire. A University of New Hampshire Christmas Day poll had Romney well in front with 39 percent of support followed by Gingrich and Paul, who were tied at 17 percent each. In two polls released on Dec. 29 and Monday, …
The presidential nominee finished fourth overall in the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday night, despite his last-minute efforts to sway voters in places like Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County.
The presidential hopeful appeared with his wife, Callista, in an effort to gain voters at the UNI-Dome Caucus.
Santorum and Romney both gave victory speeches as their backers celebrated, while things were somber at Perry, Bachmann parties. With almost all of the vote counted, Romney and Santorum are tied, while Ron Paul takes third.
As the votes were being counted Tuesday night in a tight Republican caucus battle, supporters gathered at parties scattered throughout the Des Moines area to watch the results come in — and to wait to hear from their candidates. Because of the closeness of the race, backers of candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum had to wait hours before the two men addressed the crowd. The other four running in Iowa — Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — took the stage earlier in the night to thank their supporters. The mood at the candidate parties ranged from jubilant to somber, depending on how each candidate fared in the voting. Here is a look at what the scene was like Tuesday night at the candidate parties: Rick Santorum: …