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Four Headlines From Thursday's GOP Debate

One news nugget almost lost in the attention paid to Newt Gingrich's angry response to a question about things an ex-wive has said about their marriage: He said her claim that he wanted an open marriage "is false."
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8 Precinct Vote Totals Missing From Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Republican Party has certified the results of its caucuses earlier this month. Rick Santorum is 34 votes ahead, but the party will not declare a winner because there are missing results in eight precincts.

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As 'Citizens United' Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests

Saturday is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, a key element in establishing the big-dollar superPACs now influencing the presidential campaign. It's also primary day in South Carolina, where a superPAC backing Newt Gingrich has been blasting away at Mitt Romney.
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Republican SuperPAC Ads Target GOP Rivals

GOP presidential campaigns and superPACs have been spending millions of dollars on TV and radio advertising ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary. While the negative superPAC ads air, the candidates are delivering a more positive message.
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Santorum Struggles To Finding His Footing In S.C.

On the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum often discusses his opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage. That message served him well in Iowa with its large contingent of evangelical voters. Christian conservatives are also dominant in South Carolina, which votes Saturday. Santorum hopes to repeat his Iowa performance, but he's been struggling to keep pace in polls.
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ABC Airs Interview With Gingrich's Ex-Wife Marianne

Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, sat down for an ABC News interview in which she described her messy marriage and divorce from the former House speaker. The interview aired Thursday night on Nightline, two days before South Carolina holds its primary.
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At Debate, Gingrich Denies He Sought Open Marriage

Newt Gingrich's swift rise has been fueled by one thing above all — his forceful performances in the debates. And Thursday night, Gingrich was dominant from the start when he got the first question. It was about an explosive television interview with his ex-wife Marianne.
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Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert had a superPAC. Jon Stewart has it now. But they're totally not coordinating with each other — or so they explain when parodying campaign finance laws as part of Colbert's latest operation.
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Gingrich, Santorum Shine, Romney Doesn't At Last Debate Before S.C. Primary

Based on what they needed to get done in the Charleston, S.C. debate, Santorum and Gingrich probably had the best nights while it worked out less well for Romney. Gingrich, dealing with the fallout of an ex-wife's sordid accusation, had a choice, he could be contrite or go after the media. He decided if there was going to be a villain in the piece, it would be the media, not him.

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