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June 7, 2012
Updated: 11:02 p.m.| Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said this afternoon that he is “honored” to be endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), had run for the Republican presidential nomination against Romney in 2008 and this election cycle, but he essentially conceded the race in an email to supporters today.
“When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the convention floor,” he wrote, according to the Houston Chronicle. “That is just over 20 percent! And while this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!”
In response to Sen. Paul’s endorsement, Romney praised his record.
“Sen. Paul has been a leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty,” he said, adding that he looks forward to “working with him to get America back on the right track.”
Sen. Paul, himself, is widely thought to harbor ambitions for higher office. “The assumption throughout the political community in Kentucky is that he’s a one-term Senator who is running for president in 2016,” said a Republican consultant deeply familiar with Kentucky.
June 5, 2012
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall attempt tonight.
Though early exit poll results appeared to show a tight race, the major news networks called the election for the first-term Republican within an hour of the 9 p.m. poll closing.
With 31 percent of the vote in, Walker had 59 percent to Democratic opponent Tom Barrett’s 41 percent.
The race had become something of a proxy for the presidential election, with labor activists hoping their get-out-the-vote efforts could offset Walker’s financial advantage.
Still, President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney mostly stayed away from the fray, with the president only sending a tweet Monday that said Barrett would “make an outstanding governor.”
April 10, 2012
“With his extensive private sector experience, his knowledge of economic issues, and his gubernatorial track record, Governor Romney is exactly the kind of leader our country needs to solve our fiscal crisis and restore American prosperity,” he said in a statement.
Toomey also praised former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race this afternoon.
“I also congratulate Senator Santorum on a hard fought primary race,” he said. “He put up a valiant fight and deserves to be commended for his spirited effort.”
Toomey had a complicated history with Santorum. In 2004, Santorum endorsed then-Sen. Arlen Specter in a GOP primary race against Toomey.
In a Feb. 23 tweet, Toomey said that was “ancient history” and praised Romney’s “pro-growth tax reform plan,” but he had said he would not endorse in the presidential campaign.
April 9, 2012
Arizona’s Congressional redistricting plan has been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice.
In a letter dated today, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote that the department has no objection under the Voting Rights Act to the proposed boundaries.
The plan was drawn up by the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan group made up of two Republicans, two Democrats and a registered Independent named Colleen Mathis.
The plan was approved by Mathis and the Democrats, but state and national Republicans were angered. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and the GOP-controlled state Senate removed Mathis from the commission, but they were overruled by the state Supreme Court.
April 3, 2012
Updated 9:31 p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Maryland primary tonight, putting the finishing touches on his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.
Continuing his string of wins in moderate Northeastern states, the former Massachusetts governor did well enough in exit polls that the Associated Press called the race less than 15 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m.
Updated 8:46 p.m.
Romney was projected to win a primary in Washington, D.C., by multiple news outlets before 9 p.m., when polls close in Wisconsin.
Updated 9: 31 p.m.
News networks also called Wisconsin for Romney around 9:30 p.m., essentially ending the Republican primary season.
In a defiant speech, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race.
March 28, 2012
Nearly two months after the Florida primary, Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox, the first-term Florida Republican said Romney had “earned this nomination” and criticized talk of an open convention.
“I think that’s a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama,” he said.
March 27, 2012
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is dramatically scaling back his presidential campaign, according to news reports.
The Georgia Republican will cut one-third of his staff and has already replaced campaign manager Michael Krull with deputy campaign manager Vince Haley.
The campaign will also refocus its strategy around persuading delegates to the August convention in Tampa, Fla., to support him, according to multiple news reports. Full story
March 20, 2012
Updated: 10 p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois Republican primary today, leading networks to call the race just a half-hour after polls closed.
With 7 percent of precincts reporting, the former Massachusetts governor had 55 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 28 percent.
Farther back in the pack, Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 10 percent and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) had 7 percent. Full story
February 19, 2012
February 4, 2012
In their weekly addresses, both President Barack Obama and House Republicans tried to put some legislative points on the board.
As the 2012 elections heat up, both the White House and its Republican opponents are pushing targeted legislative initiatives that could pass — or at least put the other side in a tough spot.