GOP Presidential Primary

GOP Presidential Primary

Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours after the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.

"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican presidential nomination through hard work, a strong organization and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," said Gov. Perry in a statement released by his campaign. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for president and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party that I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama."


Romney wins Delaware primary

Mitt Romney will win the Delaware primary Tuesday night, closing the door on one of the last remaining chances for dark horse candidate Newt Gingrich to influence the Republican nomination and edging the former governor closer to officially securing the Republican nomination.

NBC News and CNN projected Romney's win shortly after the polls closed.

Gingrich had hoped to collect the state's 17 winner-take-all delegates, campaigning heavily in the state over the past week. Romney hadn't visited in weeks, providing the former House Speaker a chance to rally downstate conservatives to surprise the presumptive nominee.

But Romney ultimately prevailed, adding to the 685 delegates the Associated Press projected he held entering the evening. Combined with expected wins across the Northeast, Romney's lead over Gingrich's 136 delegates should significantly grow Tuesday night.


Reid: Romney has gone into Etch A Sketch mode sooner than expected

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that Mitt Romney has already morphed into an Etch A Sketch candidate in anticipation of the general election.

“The Etch A Sketch is coming sooner than I thought. He’s for education bill, now he’s for [the] Violence Against Women [Act]. Great,” Reid said.


Romney regrets putting dog on the roof of the car

Mitt Romney admitted in an interview Monday that, if he had to do it all over again, he would not have put his dog on the roof of his car because of the attention the story's received on the campaign trail.

Asked if he would repeat the incident, he told ABC News: "Certainly not with the attention it's received."

{mosads}Critics have used the Romney's 1983 road trip, where dog Seamus’ rode in a carrier lashed to the top of the family car, to paint the former Massachusetts governor as insensitive.

Adding to the critics fodder was the fact that the dog got sick during the trip and Romney stopped the car to hose it down, but left the dog on the roof, where its carrier had a shield to protect Seamus from the wind.

Ann Romney, defended her husband's actions, however.

She told ABC the "dog loved it" and downplayed the stories that the dog had experienced diarrhea during the trip.

"We traveled all the time and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But he would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks," she said.