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  • As major GOP contests loom,  experts agree that voting in primaries is a challenging task. Many say that for all the challenges, primary voters do a fairly good job of choosing.

  • Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich participate in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.

    There was something old, something new in the misstatements of the candidates in the Arizona debate, in what was the 20th and possibly final GOP faceoff of the campaign.

  • President Obama's State of the Union Speech

    President  Obama has proposed a lower corporate tax rate and an end to dozens of loopholes he said helps companies move jobs and profits overseas.

  • Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rallies supporters in Tacoma, Washington.

    Rick Santorum is on a roll, but a month and a half into the primary season, he's underfunded and outmanned and still lacking in organization.

  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech.

    Obama says he's hopeful Congress will renew a 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax and is pressing for extended benefits for millions of  long-term unemployed.

  • Tacoma police officers drag off an protestor during a Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rally in Tacoma, Washington.

    Rick Santorum clashes with Occupy protesters during his first visit to Washington state, a place he said would be a "momentum changer" heading into Super Tuesday.

  • Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joined on stage by his family as he delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC

    Mitt Romney tells conservatives he proved his mettle as Massachusetts governor. Rick Santorum says Romney is so moderate that electing him would be a "hollow victory."

  • Barack Obama

    The Obama administration's new mandate that religious organizations pay for their workers' birth control has become a bludgeon for Republican culture warriors.

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    Mitt Romney just can't shake his difficulty attracting conservatives. And that reality is undercutting his effort to cast himself as the inevitable Republican presidential nominee and prolonging a race that each day exposes deep divisions within the party.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters as his daughter, Elizabeth (L), and wife, Karen (R), look on February 7, 2012 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

    Resurgent Rick Santorum said his sweep of three GOP contests earned his shoestring campaign $250,000 overnight, cash he needs to take his upstart bid for the Republican presidential nomination to Mitt Romney's turf.

  • Mitt Romney | Ron Paul | Rick Santorum

    Mitt Romney battles Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, hoping to extend his winning streak in the GOP nomination race.

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    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is asking top fundraisers to support a Democratic-leaning outside group that is backing his bid for a second term, reversing Obama's opposition to "super" PACs.

  • Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's remark that he's not worried about the very poor, the latest gaffe in a campaign rich with blunders, joins a long list of wait-let-me-explain episodes in presidential election history.

  • Mitt Romney waves during a campaign rally at Brady Industries February 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Republican front-runner Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in Nevada , crushing his three remaining rivals and taking command of the party's presidential nominating race.

  • Democrat donkey and republican elephant logos on top of cash.

    The millionaires, billionaires and companies giving big sums to political committees supporting Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama have important business with the next president. Some  are already in trouble with the government. Some are pressing for new laws or regulations that would benefit their interests in energy, mining and high finance.

  • Rick Santorum NH Primary

    Rick Santorum's campaign slogan could very well be one word: doomsday. To hear him tell it, the United States will collapse under the weight of its health care system and basic freedoms will be history.

  • Businessman Donald Trump shakes hands with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney after announcing his endorsement of Romney at Trump International Hotel & Tower on February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas.

    After a flurry of incorrect reports that Donald Trump was planning to endorse Newt Gingrich, the casino mogul said front-running Republican candidate Mitt Romney was his man.

  • Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney

    Media organizations report real-estate magnate and former presidential candidate Donald Trump is to endorse Newt Gingrich. But wait! Others say it's Mitt Romney. The Donald keeps 'em guessing.

  • Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as Donald Trump listens at Trump Tower following a meeting between the two on December 5, 2011 in New York City.

    Donald Trump intends to endorse Newt Gingrich's GOP presidential bid, The Asssociated Press reports.

  • Mitt Romney greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign event in front of a foreclosed home January 24, 2012 in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

    Mitt Romney says he's "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net" and he's focused instead on relieving the suffering of the middle class.