Surprise Twists in GOP Presidential Contest before South Carolina
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With just four remaining GOP candidates, will it all be over tomorrow, or did Gingrich, Santorum and Paul do enough damage in last night's debate to keep Romney from clinching the nomination in South Carolina? Also, the Supreme Court rejects Texas redistricting map, and Canada says its shale oil will go to Asia now that the President has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. We hear the pros and cons.
Banner image: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (C) makes a point next to Mitt Romney (L) and Ron Paul (R) during a debate at the North Charleston Coliseum January 19, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
US Supreme Court Rejects Texas Redistricting Map ()
The US Supreme Court took just 11 days to create new uncertainty about Congressional districts in Texas — which has already delayed its primaries by a month. In today's unsigned opinion, it threw out district maps drawn by a lower court — as yet another trial goes forward in Washington. Todd Gillman is Washington Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News.
A Last Ditch Debate before a Crucial Primary ()
Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee if he wins South Carolina tomorrow. But last night's debate started with Gingrich's past sex-life. Rick Santorum called Gingrich "grandiose," and Gingrich retorted that Santorum had "small" ideas. Romney struggled over releasing his tax returns and dodged questions on Bain Capital. Santorum said Romney wasn't reliably "pro-life." Will Gingrich's lead in current polls mean a victory tomorrow? Does Santorum have a chance to be the "anti-Romney" in Florida later this month?
- Molly Ball: The Atlantic, @mollyesque
- Scott Huffmon: Winthrop University, @winthroppoll
- Karen Finney: MSNBC, @finneyk
- John Feehery: Feehery Group, @JohnFeehery
- John Hawkins: RightWingNews.com, @johnhawkinsrwn
Keystone Decision a Political Hot Potato for Obama ()
President Obama says Republicans forced his decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, designed to bring Canadian shale oil 1600 miles from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. Critics say he has foregone both job creation and a step toward energy independence. Last night, Republican president hopeful Mitt Romney agreed, faulting Obama's decision on having to "bow to the most extreme members of the environmental movement… We have to replace Barack Obama to get America working again." But bad news for some is good news for others.
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