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BLITZER’S BLOG: Expect 4-man race to continue
February 6th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Expect 4-man race to continue

By Wolf Blizer, CNN

(CNN) - Looking ahead to Tuesday’s GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota, I can’t help but suspect we might get some surprises when the dust settles late into the evening.

All three are also battleground states in the November election.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Republicans • Wolf Blitzer
February 3rd, 2012
05:19 PM ET

Gingrich slams Romney for "boo boo"

GOP rivals spar over the economy in Nevada. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

RELATED STORY: Romney on ‘poor’ comment: I misspoke


Filed under: 2012 election • Jim Acosta • Mitt Romney • Nevada • Newt Gingtich • Politics • Republicans
January 27th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Ron Paul's comic relief

Ron Paul broke debate tension with amusing one-liners. CNN contributors James Carville & Alex Castellanos discuss.

RELATED STORY: Florida debate's most buzz-worthy moments


Filed under: 2012 election • Debates • Republicans • Ron Paul
January 25th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

CNN poll: Dead heat in Florida

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Gloria Borger and TIME's Michael Crowley break down results of a CNN/Time/ORC International poll showing the race tightening in Florida.

RELATED STORY: CNN/Time Poll: Dead heat in Florida ahead of debate


Filed under: 2012 election • Florida • Gloria Borger • Interviews • polls • Republicans • TIME
BLITZER’S BLOG: The gloves will be off in Thursday’s debate
January 23rd, 2012
04:14 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: The gloves will be off in Thursday’s debate

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - A week ago, the Gallup daily tracking poll of registered Republicans around the country had Mitt Romney at 37% with Newt Gingrich at only 14%. Guess what? That 23-point spread has now disappeared. The new nationwide Gallup numbers: Romney 29% to Gingrich’s 28%. That’s a statistical tie well within the 3-point sampling error.

It only goes to show you how quickly political fortunes can change. Fresh from his double-digit victory over Romney in South Carolina, Gingrich now certainly has the political momentum going with him into Florida’s January 31 primary. He seems to be on a roll.
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BLITZER’S BLOG: Bad blood could impact Republican ticket
January 20th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Bad blood could impact Republican ticket

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - And now there are four Republican presidential candidates left in the contest.

They were all on the stage Thursday night at the tough CNN debate in South Carolina.

One of them will almost certainly face President Barack Obama in November. There is still a tiny chance no one will emerge with enough delegates to wrap things up. I suppose, at least theoretically, there could be a brokered convention in Tampa, Florida, at the end of August.
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BLITZER’S BLOG: Why tonight’s debate is must-see TV
January 19th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Why tonight’s debate is must-see TV

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Here are a few things I will be looking for in Thursday night’s CNN Southern Republican Presidential Debate:

The four remaining candidates have been beating up on each other in recent days. Will they have the guts to blast their opponents when they are standing right next to them?

Rick Santorum, whom I interviewed Thursday in Charleston, has had an ad running that says Mitt Romney is “just like Obama.” He refers to Romney’s support for health care mandates in Massachusetts. Will Santorum look Romney in the eyes and repeat that line Thursday night?

Newt Gingrich told me in Iowa that he doesn’t think he could vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman were to win the GOP nomination. He cites Paul’s national security policies. Will Gingrich be prepared to go that far in the debate?

Is Romney going to announce that he’s ready to release his income tax returns now - as opposed to in April, as he suggested earlier this week? Even strong supporter New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he should be completely transparent.

Will the issue of Gingrich’s three marriages be a major issue? The reported comments by his second wife that he once wanted an “open marriage” have certainly generated a lot of commotion. Let’s see how the former House speaker handles that controversy and what his rivals say.

The many debates during this election cycle have been so important in this contest. Gingrich is surging in South Carolina now in part because of his strong performance in Monday night’s debate. Thursday night’s CNN debate will be must-see TV.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Debates • Republicans • Wolf Blitzer
January 16th, 2012
10:28 PM ET

Romney, Paul neck-and-neck with Obama

How do the candidates match up vs. Obama? Gloria Borger walks us though a brand new batch of new CNN ORC International Polls.

RELATED STORY: CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney & Paul in November showdowns


Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Gloria Borger • polls • Republicans
BLITZER’S BLOG: The next 10 days will be ugly
January 11th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: The next 10 days will be ugly

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - Allow me to insert some caution in assessing the Republican presidential campaign. As much as so many folks are already suggesting that Mitt Romney has it all but wrapped up, let me suggest that it’s not over yet.

Sure Romney has a solid organization with lots of campaign cash. He’s also blessed with a strong super PAC that can inflict major damage on his GOP rivals. And beyond that, he has some strong political instincts and a wonderful wife and family who are major weapons.
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BLITZER’S BLOG: Get ready for ugly, nasty campaign
December 30th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Get ready for ugly, nasty campaign

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Get ready for a really ugly general election presidential campaign.

The negative ads are going to be intense no matter who wins the Republican nomination.
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