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John Wolfe: Meet The Man Who Might Pull An Arkansas Primary Upset, But Probably Won't

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

If President Barack Obama is going to lose one of these Democratic primaries, it obviously won't be to some convict in West Virginia or to anti-aborti...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For May 18, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

What began in Indiana continued in Nebraska this week, as long-shot state Sen. Deb Fischer scored an underdog victory in Nebraska's GOP primary for th...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For May 4, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

This coming Tuesday, in Indiana, voters will go the polls in the GOP Senate primary to decide if they are going to stick with six-term Sen. Dick Lugar...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 27, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

Everyone knows that the curtain came down on the 2012 GOP Primary a few weeks ago, but it wasn't until this week -- after Rick Santorum had taken his ...

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Newt Gingrich Loses Delaware, So It's On To North Carolina, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

Tonight, Newt Gingrich had his hopes pinned on a Delaware win. Newt lost Delaware early, and handily. Ergo, Newt is now more or less hopeless. But he ...

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Newt Gingrich And The Delaware Primary: This Is A Blog Post About That Stuff

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

Tonight, voters in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania will cast their votes in their state's GOP primaries. Hey, remember the GOP primaries? Those were fun. And, for all intents and purposes, I sort of figured that the primary season was a done deal, and now that Rick Santorum isn't standing astride the Keystone State, shouting "No!" at Mitt Romney, there wasn't much to be excited about. But it looks like I missed a memo or something, because I should apparently treat Newt Gingrich as if he's up to something game-changing in "the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware."

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Americans Elect Backers Quit Americans Elect To Get American Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

When Americans Elect was founded back in April of 2010 by a collection of semi-obscure political elites and hedge fund managers, their intention was t...

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Is This Banner At A Romney Event Racist? (No.)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

Are the words "Obama isn't working," hung on a grey banner behind Mitt Romney's head at a campaign appearance in Ohio some sort of secret, racist dog-...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 20, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

For as long a time as your Speculatroners have been dutifully cataloguing the damage that the primary process has been doing to Mitt Romney's brand, w...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 13, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

This week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum decided that the time to quit his upset bid had finally come. He shuttered a campaign that had risen...

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Newt Gingrich Says He Probably Won't Accept Position In Romney Administration That Romney Would Never Offer Him Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich, who is still in the race at this late date, partially because he doesn't think Mitt Romney is conservative enough and partially out of ...

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Mitt Romney Gets Key Endorsements Long After It Matters, So, Thanks For Nothing, Guys!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

From early on in the campaign, one of the key advantages that Mitt Romney claimed in his march to the nomination was the portfolio of endorsements he ...

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The Romney Veepstakes: Let The Wild, Speculative Rumpus Start!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

Now that Mitt Romney has all but sewn up the GOP nomination, the political press can turn its attention to Romney's policy positions choice for the person who will be "one heartbeat away from the presidency" and cutting ribbons at the dedication of historic monuments and shopping malls. It's "Veepstakes" time -- that time in the campaign where journalists fill the hole left in their hearts by the conclusion of the competitive primary season with a metric ton of panicky speculation about who might be the nominee's running mate. At any rate, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that if history is any guide, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick will not be Tim Pawlenty. (Or will he?) (No.)

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Gingrich Thinks Santorum's Exit Will Give Him A Boost

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

With Rick Santorum's exit, New Gingrich is now saying that his supporters are asking him to keep fighting. This raises a series of questions, like, "Wait, Newt Gingrich still has supporters?"

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Cain Wants To Talk About Being Romney's VP

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

Way back in January, after he'd quit the race, Herman Cain appeared before the Palm Beach County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner and announ...

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Gingrich, Paul Remind Everyone That They Are Still Running For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

If for some reason you don't recall, over the weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich seemed to be close to conceding the race for the 2012 GOP no...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 6, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

So, did you hear? This week, the GOP nomination pretty much became a settled issue. Barring some accident or emergency (or some freaktastic alchemical...

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What Happens If Rick Santorum And Newt Gingrich Join Forces? (Nothing.)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

OK, so earlier today, I noted that Rick Santorum is meeting with some group of conservatives in Virginia about how they will "Stop Romney." How will t...

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Santorum, 'Conservative Leaders' Meeting To Come Up With Secret Plan To 'Stop Romney' That Will Probably Fail Badly

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Hey, everyone! So the news burning up your Internet today involves some behind-closed-doors meeting in Virginia with Rick Santorum and "conservative l...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For March 30, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

This week the attention that's mainly been lavished on covering the 2012 campaign got reoriented, slightly, in the direction of the steps of the Supre...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For March 23, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

But as important as the win in Illinois was for cementing Team Romney's delegate realities, the most critical turn in the race wouldn't come until Wed...

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Here's How That Romney-Paul Alliance Works

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

Earlier today, we made note of the fact that Rick Santorum's "delegate math" argument was built partially on the belief that his delegate wranglers co...

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Santorum Wants You To Know That He Has More Delegates Than You Think He Has, Maybe

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

All reported accounts of how many delegates each of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates have won should of course come with caveats. They are, after ...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For March 16, 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

Last week, after the dust had settled on Super Tuesday, we surmised that you couldn't really call the 2012 GOP primary contest a battle between Mitt R...

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Newt Gingrich's Candidacy Continues To Hurt Santorum, Unless It Helps, In Which Case, Never Mind

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

Former Speaker of the House and current presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich has only managed to win two contests thus far in the primary season, and t...