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Is It Fair That One Candidate Has A Lot More Money to Spend Than The Other?

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Newt Gingrich lost the Florida primary to Mitt Romney, after initially leading in the polls after his South Carolina win. Gingrich’s numbers spiraled down soon afterwards. Romney had been favored to not just win in Floriday but also by a large margin, so his victory is not surprising.

I was reading two articles about the Florida primary outcome. One from LA Times and the other from the Washington Post. The thing that stuck out at me was how much more money Romney had to spent on television attack ads than Gingrich.


Republicans begin Florida fight

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich attack each other ahead of a debate in Florida on Monday, just days after Mr Gingrich's upset in the South Carolina primary. Mr Gingrich's campaign said it received $1m (£643,000) in 24 hours following his primary win in South Carolina.


GOP insiders: No clear favorite

South Carolina Primary

As South Carolina Republicans begin voting in the first primary of the south today, GOP insiders say that all the candidates have had their problems in Palmetto State, one reason why today's outcome has been so hard to predict.


Hours before key primary, Romney lowers expectations

Mitt Romney: South Carolina Primary

With the crucial Republican presidential primary in South Carolina just hours away, front-runner Mitt Romney on Friday lowered expectations for how well he will do and acknowledged he is in a neck-and-neck race with Newt Gingrich.


AP sources: Perry abandoning bid, backing Gingrich

Rick Perry Drops Out of Presidential Race, Backs Gingrich

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.

Senh: The number of Republican candidates are dropping out and picking sides now. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are a good fit, although they have the same voter overlap. If Newt has any real chance, he needs to draw people outside of his ultra conservative group.


Gingrich says he paid 31 percent in taxes in 2010

Newt Gingrich

On a separate issue, Gingrich told reporters that he paid 31 percent of his 2010 income in taxes, more than double the 15 percent Romney said he pays. A Gingrich spokesman said the 31 percent was the effective federal rate on his income. Gingrich declined to criticize Romney on the tax issue, saying instead that it made the case for his own proposal to put in place an optional 15 percent flat income tax. "My goal is not to raise Mitt Romney's taxes, but to let everyone pay Romney's rate," he said.

Senh: I didn't think the 15% tax rate that Mitt Romney paid last year will become such a big issue.


South Carolina GOP Debate Fact Check: Fiction Versus Reality

Newt Gingrich said Mitt Romney raised taxes as Massachusetts governor. Romney countered he cut taxes 19 times. Both were basically right, but decidedly one-sided, in the Republican presidential debate Monday night.


Huntsman drops out, backs Romney

Jon Huntsman

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will withdraw from the Republican presidential race Monday and endorse front-runner Mitt Romney, according to a senior official with the Huntsman campaign.

Senh: Mitt Romney's on a roll. He just got another endorsement from Jon Huntsman and one less rival.


The Caucus: Huntsman Says He Will Drop Bid for G.O.P. Nomination

Jon M. Huntsman Jr. told his advisers he intends to leave the Republican presidential race, a week before he had hoped to revive his campaign in the South Carolina primary.


Steve Colbert talks about presidential ambitions

Comedian Stephen Colbert says that just because his name won't appear on Saturday's ballot in South Carolina's Republican primary doesn't mean he couldn't become president, or even pope, someday....


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