The Charlotte area straddles North and South Carolina. Republicans who live just steps inside the North Carolina line can only watch longingly as their southern neighbors narrow the field of candidates. By the time North Carolinians get a crack at the Republican field in May, the decisions will already be made.
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.
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