Jan 4, 2012 12:18PM ET
The best tea leaf reader in Iowa was the Des Moines Register's Ann Seltzer, which showed Rick Santorum just a percentage point behind Mitt Romney in the last days before the caucus.
Jan 4, 2012 9:58AM ET
If Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee, he needs the rest of the candidates to drop out -- just not yet.
Jan 3, 2012 5:50PM ET
The morning vote tally has Mitt squeaking by Rick by a count of just eight measly votes.
Jan 3, 2012 2:58PM ET
The more interesting contest in Iowa Tuesday night will not be for first place but for fourth. The guys who land in the top three will declare victory. But the poor souls in fifth place and lower might have to go home. Here's our analysis of who's likely to give up first.
Jan 3, 2012 12:36PM ET
The Republican presidential primary has had plenty of discussion of the 1990s, but very little of the 2000s.
Jan 3, 2012 10:03AM ET
Mitt Romney is probably going to win the Iowa caucuses today, January 3, 2012, when normal people are so mad at Washington they dressed up in powdered wigs.
Jan 2, 2012 6:41PM ET
Newt Gingrich is finally breaking his pledge to run a positive campaign -- what took him so long?
Jan 2, 2012 3:20PM ET
While the Ron Paul campaign warned that his rivals are trigger-happy chickenhawks Monday, Newt Gingrich is still obsessed with his own world historical narrative, declaring victory by not quitting even though Mitt Romney backers aired so many mean ads about him.
Jan 2, 2012 1:48PM ET
He was the No. 1 stunner in our Hot or Not primary, and yet the only metaphor reporters can come up with to describe the choice before Iowa voters is whether they're ready to settle for years of passionless sex with Mitt Romney.
Jan 2, 2012 9:59AM ET
Ron Paul spent Sunday explaining all the things he doesn't believe in, like: George W. Bush knowing about the 9/11 attacks, AIDS victims not getting health insurance, he's planning an third-party run and all the racist parts of his 1990s newsletters.
Dec 29, 2011 3:36PM ET
Voters see Obama as the most ideologically extreme 2012 candidate -- only Michele Bachmann thought of as almost as far away from Americans' own ideology as Obama. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Dec 29, 2011 1:07PM ET
Ron Paul hasn't been able to move past the story of the racist stuff written under his name in the 1990s so a pro-Paul PAC is taking the logical next step: having a black person testify that Paul isn't racist.
Dec 29, 2011 11:25AM ET
Is there time to squeeze in one more Not Mitt Romney candidate surge in the few days before the Iowa caucus?
Dec 29, 2011 9:23AM ET
Ron Paul's army of college kids went through boot camp outside Des Moines where they were drilled on how not not scare Iowans either IRL or on Twitter.
Dec 28, 2011 5:32PM ET
Ron Paul's fans are passing around an illustrated list of 22 reasons Ron Paul isn't racist, as Politico's Ben Smith points out.
Dec 28, 2011 5:08PM ET
When his campaign fell apart this summer, the only thing that gave Newt Gingrich hope was the cartoon elephant in his wife's kids' book Sweet Land of Liberty.
Dec 28, 2011 2:32PM ET
Newt Gingrich's campaign theme song should be the Lady Sovereign song that goes "love me or hate me, it's still an obsession." He is both the sixth-most admired man in America and the most polarizing Republican presidential candidate. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Dec 28, 2011 12:39PM ET
Ron Paul is the Charlie Brown of the Republican presidential primary.
Dec 28, 2011 10:33AM ET
Every single day Mitt Romney is thrust into a small talk nightmare in which he must chat with strangers and -- more horror -- every time he says something stupid it's caught on tape with the guarantee that people all over America will laugh at him
Dec 27, 2011 4:51PM ET
President Obama's job approval rating is inching upwards -- and while he loses to a generic Republican, voters are still skeptical of the current Republican lineup. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Dec 27, 2011 3:28PM ET
Ron Paul famously attracts supporters from all kinds of fringe causes -- the crunchy raw milk people, the scary white pride people -- but he has a history of hiring odd ducks to his staff, too.
Dec 27, 2011 11:50AM ET
Newt Gingrich is making his spokesman, R.C. Hammond, work really hard for his salary.
Dec 27, 2011 9:59AM ET
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is pleading -- for at least the third time -- for someone better to get in the Republican presidential primary at the last minute and save the party from the current candidates.
Dec 23, 2011 3:15PM ET
What has Sarah Palin been doing while no one was watching?
Dec 23, 2011 12:57PM ET
New Hampshire voters don't seem to like being asked to settle for Mitt Romney, asking him slightly-hostile questions at town halls that can be summed up as, What makes you think you're so awesome?
Dec 23, 2011 10:03AM ET
Ron Paul's fans finally got what they wanted -- the media has stopped ignoring Ron Paul -- but it hasn't been as fun as they hoped.
Dec 22, 2011 4:16PM ET
Newt Gingrich's campaign is going to launch a site called "Pets With Newt," which will show his longtime love of animals (and his softer, non-bomb-throwing side). Let's help him get started.
Dec 22, 2011 2:41PM ET
It's not considered very nice to be mean to people just for being fat anymore, but there's a lot of pent-up desire to call fat people fatties that gets unleashed when a fat person like Jim Sensenbrenner really has it coming.
Dec 22, 2011 12:33PM ET
Newt Gingrich has had his hand in just about every single issue being debated in the 2012 presidential race -- health care and the the housing crisis, most obviously, but also in this week's payroll tax fight.
Dec 22, 2011 9:48AM ET
Ron Paul's position on the newsletters with racist statements that were published under his name 20 years ago has changed quite a since then -- in a 1995 interview with CSPAN, for instance, he was pretty proud of them.