Election 2012


Polls On Gay Marriage Not Yet Reflected In Votes

Poll after poll shows public support for same-sex marriage steadily increasing, to the point where it’s now a majority viewpoint. Yet in all 32 states where gay marriage has been on the ballot, voters have rejected it.


Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty attends the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Pawlenty Denies Any Interest In VP Job

At this time last year, Tim Pawlenty was gearing up to officially launch his White House race. Now the former two-term Minnesota governor is more of a bystander.


Vice President Joe Biden

As Race Shifts, Biden Gets Task Of Scuffing Romney

Want a peek inside the Democratic playbook as the presidential race shifts fully into general election mode? Just listen to Joe Biden.


Vice President Joe Biden

Biden Comes To Minn. For Klobuchar Fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden gave Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar a fundraising lift and vouched for her as the type of “gutsy” leader Washington could use more of as he breezed through Minnesota on Wednesday.


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Romney Turns From Primaries, Toward Obama

Mitt Romney is turning away from his primary opponents and toward Democratic President Barack Obama after sweeping three more Republican contests.


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Wisconsin’s Highways Show Routes To GOP’s Primary

Well-traveled routes that serve as Wisconsin’s vital arteries also provide a window into the competing hopes for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Romney can roll up a solid win in Tuesday’s presidential primary with a strong showing along the state’s east-west Interstate 94, which bisects Milwaukee’s GOP-rich western suburbs.


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Bachmann Owes $1 Million In Campaign Debt

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann owes more than $1 million from her unsuccessful bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.



Bruising Gay-Marriage Showdowns In MN, Other States

Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months on an issue that evenly divides Americans.


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Minn. Senate Field May Be On Verge Of Expansion

A freshman Republican Minnesota legislator is ready to say whether he will try to trade up to the U.S. Senate.


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Army Vet Seeks To Challenge Klobuchar In Sen. Race

A U.S. Army veteran and political novice joined the race Wednesday to be the Republican challenger for Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s seat.


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GOP Ends NV Vote Count; Romney On Top With 50%

Nevada Republicans have finally finished counting the votes in their Saturday presidential caucuses.


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Union Fight Brews With Right-To-Work Push In Minn.

Republicans pulled Minnesota into an explosive issue Thursday by introducing legislation to make union membership optional, setting the stage for a fight that has triggered boycotts by Democratic lawmakers and large protests in other states.


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Santorum Sweater Vests Made In MN, Manufacturer Says

A Minnesota sweater manufacturer claims he is filling an order for 1,000 sweater vests for the Rick Santorum presidential campaign.


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Romney Readies For Minnesota Stop

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit Minnesota on Wednesday, less than a week before the state’s caucuses.


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Rep. Paulsen Endorses Romney For President

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is endorsing Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race.


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CBS News Poll: Romney Leads, Santorum Surges

On the heels of the Iowa caucuses last week, Mitt Romney now leads the field of Republican presidential candidates. Newt Gingrich is in second place, and Rick Santorum has leapt into the top tier and is now right behind Gingrich in the latest CBS News national poll.


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Presidential Bid Over, Bachmann Faces Big Decision

Michele Bachmann’s decision to end her presidential campaign leaves the Minnesota Republican with another big one: whether to seek a fourth term in the U.S. House or direct her newfound political celebrity elsewhere.


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Romney Celebrates GOP Win; Bachmann, Perry Flounder

A squeaker of an Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney headed into the New Hampshire primary insisting that staying power sets him apart from runners-up Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP presidential field.


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5 Occupy Protesters Arrested At Paul Campaign HQ

Five Occupy protesters were arrested Thursday outside the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential contender Ron Paul as the group continued its protest against Republican candidates and President Barack Obama.


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Callista Gingrich Steps Up Presence On The Trail

When his top aides walked out this spring and left his campaign in tatters, Newt Gingrich considered dropping out. But he says it was his wife, Callista, who persuaded him to soldier on.


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GOP Field Crowded, Likely To Remain So

They are barely blips in presidential polls and their campaign cash is scarce. Some are running on empty, fueled mainly by the exposure that comes with the blizzard of televised debates in this election cycle and interviews they eagerly grant to skeptical reporters.


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Bachmann To Outline Thoughts On Economy In Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is telling college students in politically important Iowa that all Americans should pay taxes since they all benefit from services such as roads and bridges, national defense and the courts.


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With No Staff, Bachmann Mails Paper For N.H. Primary

In keeping with the scant attention she has paid to New Hampshire, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed up by mail to get on the state’s presidential primary ballot instead of showing up in person or having someone else do it for her.


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Perry Sidesteps Questions About Obama’s Birthplace

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday declined to say whether he believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States.


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Perry Wants Flat Tax With Some Popular Deductions

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out an economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate.