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Rivals pounce on Newt Gingrich at last Iowa debate

Republican presidential candidates pounced on front-runner Newt Gingrich yesterday to try to blunt his surge at the last debate before Iowa launches the 2012 US election season.

Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich during Saturday’s Republican debate in Des Moines

Gingrich holds nerve in debate to remain man of the moment

Rivals turn on the new front-runner, but it's Romney who fumbles with casual $10,000 bet

Leading article: A $10,000 question that shows where the Republicans are going wrong

For a country that – in the eyes of many outsiders – unashamedly celebrates people who get their hands on great wealth, Americans can be oddly touchy on the subject of money.

Mitt Romney (L) attacks former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during the ABC News GOP Presidential debate

Newt Gingrich rolls with the punches to give opponents a headache

For now, the Newt Gingrich bandwagon rolls on.

Newt Gingrich's resurgence comes after his hopes of winning the nomination appeared dead and buried only a few weeks ago

Cain exit sparks Gingrich poll surge in Republican race for the White House

Former House Speaker now leads favourite Romney in key states

Last Republicans standing race to grab a slice of Cain's support base

Conservative members of Grand Old Party remain unwilling to settle for Mitt Romney

Allegations of a 13-year affair look to have ruined Herman Cain, pictured with his wife Gloria

Herman Cain suspends presidential campaign

Former pizza magnate Herman Cain dropped out of the US presidential race today after accusations of sexual misconduct overwhelmed his bid to win the Republican nomination as an anti-Washington tax reformer.

On the buses: Presidential hopefuls hit the roads

Obama's Coach Force One joins a tradition of US campaigning

Five killed as 'freak wind' blows down Indianapolis festival stage

An investigation has been launched into safety failures that may have led to the collapse in strong winds of a concert stage in Indianapolis that killed five people and left more than 40 injured, some of them seriously.

One in, one out in Republican race for the top

In what ended up as a revolving door weekend for the Republican presidential hopefuls, the former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, exited the race yesterday, citing a poor showing in a non-binding straw poll of party voters in Iowa, just hours after Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, confirmed that he was coming in. Mr Pawlenty, who had seemed well positioned at first to build support, both among conservatives and social moderates in the party, had been faltering for weeks before he came in a distant third in the much vaunted Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, behind maverick libertarian Ron Paul and the Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Leading article: Underwhelming in Iowa

What could be worse than the further reaches of the congressional Republican Party bringing the United States to within hours of default? Answer (for now): the prospect of the arch-conservative Republican representative from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann, winning her party's nomination to run for president. Worse even than Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and running mate in 2008 of the defeated John McCain? Quite probably – because she comes across as a more competent politician. She cannot be dismissed so easily as a Tea Party movement "flake".

Matinée-idol Texan powerhouse enters race for the Republican nomination

Born-again Christians flock to the cause of Governor Rick Perry, as Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll

Republican hostilities break out as candidates spar for nomination

Bachmann and Pawlenty swap attacks in Iowa debate that keeps Romney as frontrunner

Buttering up starts in earnest as Palin busses into Iowa

The dreams of all the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – and of a couple not yet formally announced – are about to be burnished, dented or even dashed in a 48-hour blitz of campaign activity among the fried-butter stands and cow pens of the Iowa State Fair.

Galvanising intensity or the look of lunacy? Right-wing livid over Michele Bachmann portrait

It seems likely that she will come top of the crucial Republican straw poll in Iowa this Saturday

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