The superPAC spent nearly $6 million on largely negative ads last week, and still the candidate won Ohio's crucial primary by less than 1 percent. Experts can't measure the effectiveness of superPAC advertising. But some believe it is discouraging voters from going to the polls.
Mitt Romney's losses on Tuesday in Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma (despite wins in Ohio and elsewhere) compound a problem he has had all year — an inability to appeal to Southern voters. With Alabama and Mississippi holding the next primaries, the region could cause him further aggravation.
Kucinich's defeat represents the end of a remarkable political career, at least for the time being, which started when he was elected to the Cleveland City Council at age 23. He later became the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected Cleveland's chief executive in 1977.
Just as dozens of advertisers were abandoning Rush Limbaugh's radio show, a pro-Gingrich superPAC actually increased its ad buy on the program. Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Winning Our Future explained that Limbaugh's show reaches more of the primary voters the superPAC wants to reach than any other show.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Rick Santorum came here on Monday night, to a packed town center on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, not merely to stump and shake a few hands, but to plead. “It’s gut-check time,” he told the crowd of several hundred. “Who wants it the most? What do you say?”
The audience roared.
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Advertisers and conservative commentators have denounced the undisputed king of political radio talk in the wake of sexually charged comments he made about a Georgetown law student. It is far from Limbaugh's first such episode, but two things make this incident stand out: the nature of the target and the timing of his comments.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hopes he can firm up his front-runner status in the 10 Super Tuesday nominating contests. But that status, as an NPR analysis shows, has so far come from when he and the pro-Romney superPAC have buried the opposition with negative messages.
In a final day of campaigning before Super Tuesday, Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum focused on the economy in Ohio, the most sought after prize of the 10 states voting or caucusing. A week ago, Santorum had a substantial lead in Ohio polls; now he's in a statistical dead heat with Romney.
It was an unusual late location change for a large and highly scripted international summit, planned for May 18-19. A White House national security spokesman said the new setting will allow for more intimate discussions among the leaders of the major industrialized nations.
It all comes down to Ohio. That's the view of many political observers one day ahead of Super Tuesday's 10 Republican contests. Can Mitt Romney use his Michigan win as a springboard to achieve victory in the economically- and demographically-similar state next door? Or, will Romney's lack of home-state advantages give Santorum a slight edge?
Few social scientists, and even fewer political scientists, have done as much to improve American life as James Q. Wilson, who died last week at age 80.
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