Unlike the 2008 presidential campaign, when Republicans awarded delegates by state, they're now awarded proportionally by Congressional district. While that's increasing the power of many late voting states, it's some party leaders worry no candidate will claim the nomination before the convention.
As has been oft-stated in recent days Illinois, with its more upscale, well-educated and moderate Republicans, especially in the counties surrounding Chicago, was always favorable political terrain for Romney.And true to form, Romney crushed Santorum among those Illinoisans with annual incomes of $100,000 or more. Those are Romney's people and they came through for him on primary-election night.
While DeNiro was clearly being mock ironic by recalling the kind of comments that many whites made about blacks within living memory, he ran afoul of the unwritten rule Obama and his tight knit team of advisers have operated under going back to his 2008 campaign. Anything that reinforces racial divisions or focuses attention on the president's race should be avoided.
Conservative Republicans controlling the House are expected to unveil a budget blueprint that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply lower tax rates in an election-year manifesto painting clear campaign differences with President Obama.
One of the defining elements of the 2012 presidential campaign is money. Two-dozen wealthy Americans have put in at least $1 million each. And one of the biggest donors is Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has almost single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat.
It's another furious dash to the finish line as delegate-rich Illinois holds its Republican presidential primary Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is looking to increase his delegate lead. And he's still searching for that decisive win over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who proposed a budget last year that was controversial because of radical changes it would have made to Medicare, is making another run at his target. This time he has a Democratic ally, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. But progressive groups were already attacking the plan even before its official release Tuesday.
Mitt Romney handily won the Puerto Rico primary after Rick Santorum turned off many voters with a comment about English needing to be the island's official language. Romney and Santorum next were taking their battle for GOP delegates to Illinois where the former Massachusetts governor had a lead in polls but where the GOP party's shift to the right made predicting the outcome difficult...
Puerto Ricans are American citizens who do not vote in U.S. presidential general elections. But Puerto Ricans do participate in Republican and Democratic nominating contests. Sunday, Puerto Rico holds a GOP primary. Both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney visited the island this week. From San Juan, NPR's David Welna reports.
Residents of Illinois and Louisiana this week have been bombarded by TV ads attacking one or another presidential candidate, the vast majority of them funded by superPACs, groups that run TV ads like a regular candidate's campaign, but legally have nothing to do with the candidate they support. Tuesday night, they must file a report detailing who gave them money and how they spent it. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's S.V. Dáte.