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In One Maine County, Every Caucus Vote May Count

Last weekend, Mitt Romney narrowly defeated Ron Paul in the Maine caucuses. But rural Washington County, considered a Paul stronghold by his supporters, delayed its caucus until this Saturday because of bad weather. Even though the state party will not revise the straw poll total, Paul's supporters are defiant.
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Unlocking The Mysteries Of Delegate Selection

What's the difference between primaries and caucuses, and why do states have different systems for choosing delegates? Political scientist Josh Putnam explains how delegates are picked, and how the process changed after the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
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GOP Debates As Must-See TV? Why You Should Watch

The monthlong lull in the Republican debate cycle may have come as a welcome break to some likely voters and political observers. The debates will be back soon enough. But turn away from them at your own risk — it's precisely at this point in the campaign season when they might be most decisive.
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Santorum Tax Returns Draw Critics Of His Low Charitable Giving

Santorum's returns may allow his critics, both those aligned with Mitt Romney, his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination and those who aren't, to attack the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania for not giving as much to charity as many others at his income level.
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Record GM Profits Could Make Romney's Anti-Bailout Message A Harder Sell

The potential problem for Romney, however, is that even some Republicans, let alone Democrats and many independents, are likely to see GM's financial results as further vindication of the federal bailouts and Obama's approach.

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