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9:50 AM ET, January 29, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up in Florida  —  PPP finds the same thing in its newest Florida poll that all surveys of the state have found in the last few days: strong movement away from Newt Gingrich and toward Mitt Romney.  Romney now leads with 40% to 32% for Gingrich, 15% for Rick Santorum, and 9% for Ron Paul.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Consensus of Polls Shows Romney Up in Florida  —  You can find pretty much every species of poll in Florida right now.  —  There are traditional polls and automated polls, Internet polls and partisan polls, academic polls and commercial polls.  —  There are polls where voters checked a box.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
As Florida race turns personal, GOP insiders fear for party unity  —  TAMPA, Fla. —Gingrich and Romney may be headed toward mutually assured destruction, and both are refusing to unilaterally disarm.  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney may be on a path toward mutually assured destruction …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Businessman Herman Cain threw his support to Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich late Saturday.  —  The move by the former GOP candidate and tea-party favorite comes three days before the Florida primary …
CBS News:
Cain endorses Gingrich  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Atlanta businessman and former presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich Saturday night at a West Palm Beach Country Republican gathering after two months of wavering on whether he would offer his support to a fellow candidate.
Discussion: Mediaite and American Spectator
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Herman Cain endorses Gingrich  —  (CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich Saturday at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida.  —  “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
L.L. Bean heiress backs Paul
Discussion: Reuters
Santorum cancels events after admitting daughter to hospital  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum's three-year-old daughter Isabella, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18, was admitted to a Philadelphia hospital Saturday.  —  In a statement, Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum's daughter hospitalized  —  DESOTO, Fla. — Rick Santorum's 3-year old daughter has been hospitalized in Philadelphia, his campaign said Saturday.  —  “Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this evening,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
Santorum daughter admitted to hospital  —  The three-year-old daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has been admitted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the candidate has cancelled his Sunday morning campaign events to be at her side.
Associated Press:
Romney would rank among richest presidents ever  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Just how rich is Mitt Romney?  Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.  Then double that number.  Now you're in Romney territory.  —  He would be among the richest presidents …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Tension on the Tarmac  —  WHAT is it with Barack Obama's penchant for getting in tangles with blond politicians on airport tarmacs?  —  Usually, tarmacs are for joyous welcomes or teary goodbyes.  But No Drama Obama saves his rare tempests for the runway.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marc Caputo /
Poll: Romney holds big lead over Gingrich in Florida  —  In Florida's Republican primary, Mitt Romney's lead looks insurmountable — and he beats President Barack Obama in a head-to-head race, poll shows.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Newt Gingrich swaggered into Florida as a Republican front-runner …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
NBC asks Mitt to remove Brokaw ad  —  Via POLITICO's Reid Epstein, NBC News and Tom Brokaw are loudly objecting to the Mitt Romney campaign's use of footage from the 1990s in an ad blasting Newt Gingrich over his House ethics charges.  —  Brokaw, whose statement noted he was speaking on his behalf …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
NBC News Asks Romney Campaign to Remove Ad
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