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Up, up and away with Romney's campaign

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Mitt Romney begins the long journey towards the White House

Up up and away: A flight on Mitt Force 1

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Romney flies into dogfight with third victory in his sights

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Romney becomes the first Republican who is not a White House incumbent to win both Iowa and New Hampshire in a party nomination contest

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Mitt Romney, trying for a second time around to make it all the way to his party’s presidential nod and thereafter to the White House, swept to victory in the New Hampshire primary yesterday; a win that makes him the clear front-runner going into the next nominating contests.

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The Mitt Romney flying machine at last took some flak last night in the final debate in the Republican presidential race before tomorrow's key primary election in New Hampshire. His rivals, chafing to bring him down, branded him "timid", "pious" and dishonest in how he had conducted his campaign.

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Mitt Romney leads Iowa by less than a nose

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Gingrich fails to make the grade in his home state

Newt Gingrich may be leading in polls of Republican voters in the US state of Virginia, but the presidential hopeful's name will not appear on the state's primary ballot, a significant setback for a candidate whose standing in polls has recently been slipping.

Hapless Gingrich goes hunting for signatures

Exposing organisational skills that might fall short of what you would expect from someone aspiring to be president, Newt Gingrich could be found navigating the highways of Virginia yesterday on the hunt for enough signatures to get him on the ballot for the state's primary election in early March.

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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

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