SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Taking the stage Tuesday before an over-capacity crowd gathered for event billed as a “celebration rally” for Arizona and Michigan’s presidential primaries, Rep. Ron Paul chose not to acknowledge those votes were taking place. (Political Hotsheet report by CBS News’ Lindsey Boerma)
Mitt Romney won a commanding victory Tuesday in the Arizona Republican primary. The CBS News exit poll of Arizona Republican primary voters showed that he did well across a wide range of demographic groups, including a number he had struggled with in previous contests. Romney’s appeal was greatest among those prioritizing electability and economic issues, while his tough stance on immigration did more help than harm among Republican voters. CBS’ Samuel J. Best)
After all the votes are counted, Mitt Romney will have won the Arizona Republican primary, CBS News projects. Based on exit polling estimates, Romney has a slight edge over rival Rick Santorum in a hard-fought race in Michigan. Votes are still being counted in both states. (Political Hotsheet report by CBS News’ Stephanie Condon)
PERRYSBURG, Ohio - Rick Santorum’s final pitch on the day of the Michigan primary was aimed not just at Republicans, but at the proverbial “Reagan Democrats” who swept his Republican hero into office in the 1980s. (Political Hotsheet report by CBS News’ Rebecca Kaplan)
Republican voters in Michigan and Arizona say the most important quality they’re looking for in a presidential nominee is the ability to beat President Obama, according to CBS News early exit polling. (Political Hotsheet report by CBS News’ Stephanie Condon)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich today called rival Rick Santorum a “big labor Republican” and predicted that the former senator from Pennsylvania will have difficulty competing in the South, where several Super Tuesday primaries will be held on March 6. (Political Hotsheet report by by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)
ROCKFORD, Mich. — When Rick Santorum published an op-ed on the economy Monday in the Wall Street Journal, Mitt Romney treated it as an opportunity to tweak him for his recent focus on cultural and social issues. (Political Hotsheet report by Sarah Boxer and Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News and National Journal)
(Political Hotsheet report by Brian Montopoli) There are two primaries taking place on Tuesday, though only the contest in Michigan is getting serious attention from the candidates and national media. The reason? Unlike Arizona, which holds Tuesday’s other primary, Michigan awards delegates proportionately, which gives Ron Paul a reason to compete there despite little chance of outright victory. In addition, while polls show Mitt Romney with a comfortable, double-digit lead in Arizona, Michigan looks like a dogfight, with Romney and Rick Santorum polling within just a few points of each other.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum continued to make controversial statements Sunday. The latest is about the separation of church and state, which Santorum says prohibits people of faith from the “public square.” (Political Hotsheet report by CBS News’ Leigh Ann Caldwell)
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Hoping he’s found an issue that will propel him back into the top tier in the Republican primary contest, Newt Gingrich on Saturday called President Obama’s recent remarks on energy “factually false, intellectually incoherent, deeply conflicted on policy and in some places just strange.” (Political Hotsheet article by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Ron Paul on Saturday laughed off remarks made by fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum earlier in the day speculating that Paul and Mitt Romney have a backroom running mate deal going. (Political Hotsheet article by Lindsey Boerma, CBS News and National Journal)
TROY, Mich. - With rival Rick Santorum portraying him as too liberal for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney responded Saturday by invoking the endorsement of a prominent former U.S. senator - Rick Santorum. (Political Hotsheet Article by Sarah Boxer, CBS News and National Journal)
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Friday that states that pass same-sex marriage legislation are handling the issue “the right way,” because the decision is not in the hands of judges. (Political Hotsheet article by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)
Wrapping up a much touted economic speech at a football field in Detroit, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney fumbled the message ball. (Political Hotsheet Article by Sarah Boxer, CBS News and National Journal)
President Obama has made a lot of news recently after taking to the stage to belt out a few notes, but White House Correspondent Peter Maer reports there’s been a long line of presidential musical performers.