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Gingrich surges, takes lead in four South Carolina polls

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With only two days to go before the crucial South Carolina Republican primary, four polls have found that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Gingrich claimed his biggest lead over Romney, 34 to 28, in a survey (PDF) published by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP), putting him beyond the poll’s margin of error.

The Georgia Republican also nudged past Romney in surveys conducted by Rasmussen Reports (33-31), American Research Group (33-32), and InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion (32-29), all of which were inside the polls’ margin of error.

Gingrich got another boost Thursday after Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race to endorse him.

All four polls showed Texas Congressman Ron Paul in third and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum trailing slightly behind him in fourth.

But the news wasn’t all bad for Romney. An NBC News poll released Thursday indicated that he was maintaining a 10-point lead over Gingrich.

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Romney could also catch a break when ABC News airs an interview where Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, claimed he wanted an “open marriage,” something that will likely not sit well with South Carolina’s evangelical voters.

Republican voters in the Palmetto State will head to the polls on Saturday to select their nominee.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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2012

British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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