Meet the GOP’s sugar daddy donor: 78-year-old Texas billionaire Harold Simmons has emerged as one of the biggest contributors to Republican presidential coffers — shelling out $8.5 million in 2011.
Reuters Andy Sullivan gets to dirt on the tycoon’s generous donations.
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum claimed a surge of momentum and fundraising on Wednesday, a day after his shocking sweep of nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri that dealt a blow to front-runner Mitt Romney.
Even though Romney holds strong advantages in financing and organization, his campaign will have to refocus to fight the challenge from Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known for his socially conservative views.
"We definitely are the campaign with the momentum, the enthusiasm on the ground," Santorum said on CNN.
Despite his strong showing in early voting contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney’s support among Republicans nationwide has dipped slightly during the past month, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Romney was backed by 29 percent of Republican voters in the telephone poll conducted February 2-6, down from 30 percent in a survey in early January. The former Massachusetts governor’s three rivals in the race to oppose President Barack Obama in November were in a close race for second, the poll showed.
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Ron Paul is not really the GOP’s problem: It’s his followers, perhaps as much as 15 percent of the general electorate, many of them young, vocal and highly energized. Like Paul himself, they’re not exactly party regulars.
No, Paul and his followers promise to be a lot like that fired employee who, if “handled” incorrectly at farewell, will make it his life’s work to, if not bring your organization down, at least show you how very wrong you were to cut the cord.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH), after Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 24, 2012. [REUTERS/Larry Downing]
Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially bowed out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, endorsing Newt Gingrich at a press conference on Thursday.
"I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign," Perry said at the press event.