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Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

A precinct delegate ballot for Mitt Romney as voters caucus for the Republican presidential candidate on  Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas.

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A precinct delegate ballot for Mitt Romney as voters caucus for the Republican presidential candidate on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas.

It’s All About the Delegates

In case there is any doubt this race is all about reaching the magic 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination, look at the latest battle over one delegate. Yes, one. The Associated Press updated its GOP delegate count for...

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Barack Obama with actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower on Feb. 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Barack Obama with actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower on Feb. 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

De Niro Joke About First Ladies Riles Gingrich

First lady Michelle Obama’s debut on The Late Show with David Letterman yesterday didn’t wade into controversial territory. It’s what happened afterwards at a private fundraiser hosted by actor Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower that is giving her campaign staff...

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Mariah Carey on March 1, 2012 in New York City.

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Mariah Carey on March 1, 2012 in New York City.

Obama Gets Some Sweet Music

Mariah Carey is one of President Obama’s newest supporters. The Grammy award-winning singer contributed the maximum $35,800 to Obama’s campaign committee and the Democratic National Convention in February, new Federal Election Commission records show. Other big donors last month included actor-director-producer Tyler Perry;...

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, left, during a news conference on the payroll tax vote with fellow House Republican freshmen at the Capitol on Dec. 19, 2011.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, left, during a news conference on the payroll tax vote with fellow House Republican freshmen at the Capitol on Dec. 19, 2011.

Illinois’s Primary Includes Congressional Races Too

The high-profile Republican presidential primary isn’t the only election worth tracking today in Illinois. Some congressional primaries merit watching. The biggest matchup pits a pair of Republican representatives, Donald Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger, in a Republican-leaning district that forms an...

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Voting in the state primary at a laundromat on March 20, 2010 in Chicago.

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Voting in the state primary at a laundromat on March 20, 2010 in Chicago.

Chicago Suburbs Key in Illinois Republican Primaries

For Democrats seeking statewide office in Illinois, any winning campaign strategy must include Chicago. In Republican primaries, it’s all about Chicago’s suburbs. The share of Cook County outside Chicago, plus the five “collar” counties that abut Cook, probably will account...

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