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Mormons defend faith in White House race spotlight

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resurfaced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the…

Cain takes lead in Republican nomination race: poll

WASHINGTON — Former pizza executive Herman Cain has vaulted to the lead of Republican presidential contenders in a national poll released Wednesday. The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll gave Cain, known for blunt talk and his succinct “9-9-9″ tax-slashing plan, 27 percent of likely Republican primary voters. It was…

WATCH LIVE: NBC’s Republican 2012 presidential debate

The GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California is moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris. The Republican candidates include: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former…

Poll: Ron Paul within ‘hailing’ distance of Obama

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is within “hailing” distance of President Obama, according to a poll released Friday. The latest telephone survey by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports puts Paul only 4 points behind Obama at 37 percent to the president’s 41 percent, doing better than a majority of the other Republican…

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