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After Iowa, it's still a long road to the nomination

The Romney/Gingrich battle gets personal as the circus moves on. By David Usborne in Perry, Iowa

Santorum (left) and Romney ended in what was essentially a dead heat

Mitt Romney beats Rick Santorum in Iowa caucus by just eight votes

After months of being ignored by the pundits and pollsters, Rick Santorum, the social conservative and former US Senator from Pennsylvania, leaped to the head of the Iowa caucus vote essentially sharing victory for the night with the former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney.

Rick Perry's campaign appears to have given up on New Hampshire

Even frontrunners know Republican nomination struggle is set to be long and tough

The circus that is the Republican nomination contest will already have decamped from Iowa by dawn this morning sending candidates, variously bruised and boosted by last night's caucus results, to prepare for the next rounds of battle, first in New Hampshire next Tuesday and then 10 days later in South Carolina.

Rupert Cornwell: As the first battle ends, which of these Republicans can win over the nation?

Of Romney's rivals, only Ron Paul has a genuine national organisation, built up in previous runs

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, on the campaign trail in Iowa

Republicans braced for the Iowa judgement

Across a wind-whipped Iowa, the runners in the Republican nomination race reached out for support one last time yesterday, amid signs of continuing skittishness among voters who will gather in caucus meetings tonight to pick their favourite to take on Barack Obama in November.

Leading article: The Republicans must prove their seriousness

If they had their way, Republican elders would surely never have chosen Iowa as the starting point of the process to determine the party's presidential nominee. Small and overwhelmingly white, with a Republican electorate heavily dominated by social conservatives, the Midwestern and heavily agricultural state is distinctly unrepresentative of early 21st century America.

RICK SANTORUM: The former senator from Pennsylvania has staged a late surge

Santorum reflects on change in fortunes as his momentum builds

Across a wind-whipped Iowa, the runners in the Republican nomination race reached out for support one last time yesterday amid signs of continuing skittishness among voters who will gather in caucus meetings tonight to pick their favourite to take on Barack Obama in November's presidential election.

Mitt Romney leads Iowa by less than a nose

Mitt Romney was clinging to a perilously thin lead yesterday in Iowa, which kicks off the Republican nominating process with caucus voting tomorrow, but possibly only by virtue of the conservatives in the state dividing over which of his rivals they would rather see challenge President Barack Obama.

Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista met voters yesterday in a restaurant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to prepare the ground for Tuesday's caucus

Romney: a man whose Buggins' turn has come

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2012: Good year/Bad year

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Republican spotlight on Santorum

A late surge in the polls and a negative ad from one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination has put Rick Santorum under the spotlight ahead of voting in the first primaries next week.

Enter stage right: now Ron Paul takes the lead

As Romney falters, the latest frontrunner in the Republican nomination saga is the most extreme
Unease over Romney's wealth has been recently aired in GOP debates

Keep your mitts off my tax returns, says Romney

Mitt Romney, the long-running but still-vulnerable favourite to win the Republican presidential nomination, is once more facing awkward questions about his personal finances after announcing that he will refuse to share his tax returns with the US electorate.

Iowa paper backs Romney campaign

The main newspaper in Iowa has endorsed Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race, less than three weeks before the state holds the first nominating contest for the 2012 election.

The Republican candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman Jnr before Thursday's televised debate in Sioux City

Phoney war ends with Republican race still wide open

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