The state Republican Party reversed itself from a previous assertion that it would not declare a winner. A recanvassing of the votes showed Santorum won by 34 votes, though the preliminary results gave Mitt Romney an eight-vote lead.
Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are all Republicans who've bashed federal judges for meddling with states' rights. But when none of them got on the Virginia primary ballot because of the state's strict ballot access laws, where did they turn? To a federal judge in Richmond.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley swept into office on a wave of Tea Party enthusiasm. One year later, her approval numbers are slumping, and her endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has drawn criticism from many of her core supporters.
A lower court must now take a new look at election maps drawn up by the Texas Legislature, which is dominated by Republicans. The state is getting four new seats in the House of Representatives, so the stakes are high. But this decision is unlikely to be the last word on how Lone Star reapportionment will play out.
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