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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

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February 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Some former Obama supporters look to Ron Paul for hope and change in 2012

Ron Paul is not expected by most observers to win many, if any, of the Republican 2012 primaries or caucuses. From Day One, his campaign has made it their goal to win enough delegates to be a king-maker for the GOP convention’s nomination process. One state where Paul had an excellent chance to win was…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Blue Republicans, campaign

January 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Courting, wooing and winning South Carolina

Jim Griffin, of Greenville, said that he wanted to see Gingrich up close and shake his hand.

“You can’t grow a relationship unless you come into the presence of the one you love,” exhorted Pastor Charles Jackson, at Brookland Baptist, where we attended church on Sunday morning before heading home to Seattle. The pastor was using a metaphor to talk about humanity’s relationship with God, and the necessity of nearness in building and sustaining real community.

But the metaphor also spoke to how Newt Gingrich won over South Carolina this past week. He came down into the presence of South Carolinians. And he wooed them.

A native son of the South, from Georgia, Gingrich seemed to know that he had to court its voters. And woo he did, crisscrossing the state and being seen with and seeing ordinary people.

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January 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Much ado about Newt

COLUMBIA– Newt Gingrich’s election party at the Hilton hotel radiated with literal heat and positive energy. Fans, volunteers and reporters stood shoulder to shoulder, singing along to Journey and Springsteen and periodically breaking out into chants of “Newt! Newt! Newt!” Gingrich’s long time supporters couldn’t contain their excitement, calling his sweeping victory absolutely “surreal.”

Here are a few snapshots:

“South Carolina saved America,” announced a very emotional Barbara Marks. Newt’s victory bordered on a religious experience for the Laughlin, Nevada resident. She thanked the Palmetto state voters and Rick Perry–calling him a true “gentleman” for dropping out in time.

“With God’s help, we’re going all the way,” she said, teary-eyed. “And we will make it.”

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Comments | Topics: campaign, conservatives, Gingrich