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Presidential Election 2012 Update: February 3, 2012

by Jane Susskind, published


On the eve of the Nevada Caucuses, the Republican presidential candidates make their final arguments to Nevada voters today. A recent poll conducted by Cannon Survey Center at the University of Nevada finds that Romney is the favorite, supported by 45 percent of the likely caucusgoers. While he's not on the road campaigning like the rest of the presidential candidates, Barack Obama is partaking in his own campaigning in Washington. Fully aware of the significance of veterans in the upcoming election, he is pushing for legislation to help employ recently returning veterans.

On the campaign trail...

Newt Gingrich (Republican): Continuing in the GOP race for the presidential nomination, Gingrich has just two campaign stops planned for today. Since being in Nevada, he has made very few public appearances, speaking twice in Las Vegas and once in Reno. The Atlantic Journal Constitution suggests his light schedule could mean he's fundraising behind the scenes to fund his campaign until Super Tuesday in March.

Barack Obama (Democrat): In Washington, President Obama is addressing the issue of veteran jobs programs, saying he wants to "do all he can to make sure troops come home to new jobs and opportunities." The Boston Globe reports that several states that will be highly competitive in the November election are home to a significant number of military veterans, a statistic the Obama administration is well aware of.

Ron Paul (Republican): The next stop on the campaign trail for Texas Congressman Ron Paul is Maine, a state highly populated by independent voters. Ron Paul declined an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to continue campaigning in Maine, hoping to collect some of the state's 24 delegates. Despite the state's tendency to vote for the Democratic presidential ticket, a Gallup poll indicates that Obama's approval rating is still below 50%, giving any GOP contender a chance in the state.

Buddy Roemer (Republican): Former Governor of Louisiana Roemer recently spoke about the 2012 election on an episode of Al Jazeera's "The Stream." Buddy Roemer has been fiercely advocating getting money out of politics, using his Twitter to promote his campaign. To see his full interview, visit Al Jazeera's website.


Mitt Romney (Republican):  While campaigning in Las Vegas yesterday, Mitt Romney received the endorsement of real estate "mogul" Donald Trump. While he snatched the endorsement from rival Newt Gingrich, it might work against him, given his recent slip on issues of wealth. As reported yesterday, Romney told CNN reporters, "I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there." Romney is still leading in Nevada polls with the caucuses to be held on February 4th.

Rick Santorum (Republican): Rick Santorum is still very much in the race, but is lacking media attention due to the bitter rivalry between Gingrich and Romney.  He has been focusing on Colorado, and recently spoke on the issue of health care to a crowd of likely voters. He warned, "Barack Obama, in a debate or in this election, is going to destroy Mitt Romney." Despite the lack of media attention, Santorum is doing particularly well in the polls, scoring highly on the "favorability" ratings. Among likely Republican voters, he is the least disliked of the candidates.

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