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Florida's Unpopular Governor Retools His Image

Last year, Tea Party favorite and political outsider Rick Scott spent $70 million of his own money to get elected Florida's governor. Faced with a $3.5 billion budget shortfall, the former hospital CEO made unpopular cuts. Now Scott faces another big budget gap — and low approval ratings.
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A Pollster's Preview Of The S.C. Primary

Clemson University political scientist Dave Woodard has spent the past week polling South Carolina voters ahead of Saturday's primary. Host Scott Simon talks to the former Republican political consultant about South Carolina politics and the results of his Palmetto Poll.
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A Fine Line When It Comes To SuperPACs

Under current law, candidates' campaigns are not allowed to coordinate with superPACs, although they clearly benefit from their messages. As result, candidates have performed feats of verbal gymnastics in order to talk about them. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Peter Overby about the role of superPACs in the presidential race.
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Carolina Blues: N.C. GOP Looks South With Envy

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.
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Iowa GOP Officially Declares Santorum The Iowa Caucus Winner

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.

Melissa Block will host live as President Obama delivers his last State of the Union before facing the 2012 president re-election campaign.

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How South Carolina Has Worked Its GOP Crystal Ball

Every year since 1980, the winner of South Carolina's Republican primary has gone on to win the party's nomination. Republican strategists and political scientists say the reasons are pretty simple.
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GOP Candidates Appeal To An Adversary And Lose

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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