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Last GOP Debate Before S.C. Primary Could Produce Political Fireworks

If there's ever been a presidential debate with as much news happening in the hours before the event, it's hard to remember when. Within hours we've learned that Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race; that Rick Santorum may actually have won the Iowa caucuses; that Newt Gingrich's second wife alleged he demanded an open marriage, and that Gingrich was also gaining on Mitt Romney in polls.
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Billionaire Foster Friess Discusses Campaign Finance

Robert Siegel talks to billionaire Foster Friess. He's a major backer of the Red, White and Blue Fund — the super PAC that's supporting Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum.
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Perry Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race. He threw his support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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New Results In Iowa Point To Virtual Tie

The Iowa Republican Party Thursday certified the results from the Jan. 3 caucuses. They show Rick Santorum 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney. The original results had Romney eight votes ahead of Santorum. But the party said a winner could not be declared, because the results from eight precincts could not be located for certification. Santorum claimed victory anyway.
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Politics Wrap Up: Perry, Santorum, Gingrich's Ex Wife

A big day in presidential politics: Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race. Certified results from the Iowa caucuses show former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but party officials are calling it a tie. And Newt Gingrich's second wife sat down with ABC News for an interview about their marriage and messy divorce. All this comes on the same day the four remaining candidates gather in Charleston, S.C. for a debate. Robert Siegel discusses it all with NPR's Mara Liasson in Charleston.
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Gingrich's Second Wife Speaks To ABC News

Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, sat down for an interview with ABC News. The interview airs Thursday night on Nightline. South Carolina holds its Republican primary on Saturday. In the interview, Marianne Gingrich says her ex-husband requested an "open marriage," so he could remain married and have a mistress.

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