Super Tuesday

12:57am

Tue March 6, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Campaign Ramps Up Efforts Early In Virginia

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 10:38 am

President Barack Obama speaks to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, on February 13, 2012. Obama's campaign is ramping up efforts in Virginia in what is sure to be a battleground state in the general election.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

While Republican candidates continue to slug it out for their party's White House nomination, President Obama is getting a head start on the general election.

Obama's grassroots campaign is already hard at work with volunteers hosting house parties and staffing phone banks to find and mobilize the president's supporters. The campaign has opened five offices in Virginia, and that's not counting the basement of Sue Langley's house in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Vienna, where more than a dozen volunteers assembled this past weekend.

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10:01pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Mitt Romney

Romney's Wins Have Come With Negative Messages

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 10:13 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a town hall meeting at Taylor Winfield in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday.
Gerald Herbert AP

It's Super Tuesday for the Republican presidential contenders, and 10 states are holding primaries and caucuses.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hopes he can firm up his front-runner status — a status that, an NPR analysis shows, has so far involved his campaign and a pro-Romney superPAC burying the opposition with negative messages.

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4:47pm

Mon March 5, 2012
It's All Politics

On Super Tuesday Eve, All Eyes On The Buckeye State Prize

Rick Santorum campaigns Monday in Westerville, Ohio.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

In a final day of campaigning before Super Tuesday, Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum focused on the economy in Ohio, the most sought after prize in the 10 states voting or caucusing.

A week ago, Santorum had a substantial lead in Ohio polls; now he's in a statistical dead heat with Romney.

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3:13pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Message Machine

SuperPAC Ads Fill Airwaves On Eve Of Super Tuesday

Restore Our Future, the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney, is running negative ads about Newt Gingrich in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6, 2012.
Restore Our Future

With 10 states holding Republican primaries or caucuses on March 6 — Super Tuesday — a lot of money is being spent on TV ads. The superPACs supporting the remaining GOP candidates have doled out some $12 million for ads in those states.

Leading the way is Restore Our Future, the superPAC that backs former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. According to Federal Election Commission numbers, Restore Our Future has spent $6.9 million on the Super Tuesday states.

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2:34pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Caucus Confusion: A Recurring Headache For GOP

A voter, right, figures out his precinct with the help of a caucus worker as he arrives to vote at a caucus site in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Feb. 7.
Eric Miller Reuters /Landov

For the first time, Idaho Republicans are holding presidential preference caucuses on Tuesday. Jonathan Parker, the state party's executive director, is excited about the chance to hold party-building exercises on such a broad scale.

"For the first time, maybe ever, Idaho is relevant in the nominating process," he says.

But as much as he relishes the attention — Mitt Romney held a rally in Idaho Falls last Thursday — Parker worries that the state GOP could generate the wrong kind of publicity.

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