It's been 26 days since the candidates left the stage at the last CNN debate in Jacksonville, Florida, and the growling hunger pangs of the media have grown louder even as the candidates grow weary.
Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire primary. That much was clear as soon as the polls closed Tuesday night. It took a little while longer to sort out exactly where the other candidates finished behind him, but that barely matters. Regardless of the other candidates' performances in New Hampshire or even what happens in the South Carolina primary next week, Mitt Romney is extremely likely to be the Republican nominee.
If you think the battle for the Republican presidential nomination has been a wild ride so far, hang on -- it could get even more exciting.
Sarah Palin speaks at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa. CNN's Peter Hamby reports.
A Republican presidential race that has been anything but slow kicks into an even higher gear this week.
The meteoric rise of Rep. Michele Bachman and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the competition for the GOP presidential nomination -- combined with the rapid demise of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's presidential bid -- all before any caucus or primary has taken place, reveals how the presidential selection process is broken.
CNN's John King and panel members talk about whether Michele Bachmann's statements match the facts.
A day can be a long time in politics, and that was certainly true this past Saturday.
Candy Crowley talks with reporters Neil King and Philip Rucker about the Straw Poll results and Pawlenty dropping out.
Republican contenders faced an altered political landscape Sunday in the race for the presidential nomination as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann surfed a wave of attention coming off the Ames Straw Poll and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out.
A small town Republican fundraising dinner in eastern Iowa was transformed into a full-fledged presidential cattle call on Sunday, with three deeply conservative candidates making their campaign pitches to party activists.
Republican Tim Pawlenty pulls out of the presidential race after finishing third in the Iowa straw poll.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty abandoned his bid for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday after a disappointing finish in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll Saturday, besting eight other Republican candidates in a nonbinding but politically significant vote in the first caucus state of Iowa.
Rep. Michele Bachmann wins straw poll in Ames, Iowa. Gov. Rick Perry beats Mitt Romney. CNN's Paul Steinhauser reports.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad nicely summed up the stakes of the Ames Straw Poll this week during a television appearance.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized each other during the FOX News debate in Iowa.
Long simmering tensions between Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty boiled over Thursday during a Republican presidential debate in Iowa, as the two candidates engaged in a harsh back and forth over their White House qualifications.
So here's what I learned watching Thursday night's Republican debate:
Republican presidential candidates take sharp aim at one another during a debate.
A funny thing happened in Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa. An argument broke out.
When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called for a day of prayer and fasting in Houston, world-famous televangelist John Hagee answered enthusiastically.
So all the congressional leaders and the president are locked in a room. They all have one goal: raising the debt ceiling. They all agree it's important. They also agree that it's urgent, because by August 2, the United States will have run out of money to pay its bills.
A top adviser to Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign apologized late Wednesday for making a reference to Michele Bachmann's "sex appeal" during an interview.
Hey rich folks, Tim Pawlenty wants to cut your taxes. A lot.
CNN analysts discuss Tim Pawlenty's comment about "Obamney" care.
Seven Republican candidates faced off on Monday in the first debate in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the 2012 election.
Up until last night, there had been a lot of grousing about the field of Republican candidates and likely candidates for the 2012 nomination for president. From the cocktail party circuit to the Tea Party meetings, one has heard variations of dissatisfaction with the names in play.
They squinted and stared, laughed and frowned and furiously twisted little gray knobs, giving political analysts a critical early look into the minds of Republican voters.
Republicans get the dial-testing treatment during Monday night's GOP presidential debate.
CNN Contributor Cornell Belcher discusses why he believes Tim Pawlenty missed an opportunity to weaken Mitt Romney.
The first big Republican debate ended with two clear winners in the race for the nomination: Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. And there was one other candidate who helped himself: Newt Gingrich.
The seven Republican presidential candidates hit on hot button issues during the CNN presidential debate.
After watching Monday night's vice-presidential debate, I'd say that none of the six candidates came out ahead. They all still have a shot at the second spot on the Republican ticket. Confused? So was I.
The GOP presidential candidates tackle the issue of immigration and explain how they would approach it if elected.
Strongest lines: No one sound bite dominated the debate, but two gimmicks stuck -- Mitt Romney announcing the Bruins' lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup to great applause and Michele Bachmann announcing her candidacy for president on the set.
Seven Republican presidential contenders faced off Monday in one of the first debates of the primary season, offering policy ideas and criticism of President Barack Obama to try to separate themselves from the competition almost 17 months before the 2012 election.
Seven GOP candidates participate in CNN's first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate from Manchester.
CNN will hold the first Republican presidential debate in the critical early voting state of New Hampshire at 8 p.m. ET on Monday.
Candy Crowley talks about what she'll be watching for at Monday's CNN New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate.
Seven Republicans will be on the stage Monday night at the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate, but one candidate will likely be the center of attention.
Newt Gingrich is on the ropes, Tim Pawlenty's dropped the gloves, and Mitt Romney will be in the middle.
CNN's Don Lemon speaks with Mark Preston about the GOP candidates and what they may do to stand out at the debate.
There is no argument the Republican presidential field has breadth.
Tim Pawlenty, a Minnesota native, has a compelling life story, an indirect path to the political spotlight.
From March: CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at Tim Pawlenty's political career.
Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty laid out an economic vision for America on Tuesday that would cut taxes and dramatically reduce the size and scope of government operations.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty officially announced his candidacy for president Monday in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, kicking off his "truth" campaign.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a former top aide to President George W. Bush, ended his very public flirtation with running for president early Sunday with an e-mail to supporters that narrowed the field of plausible 2012 Republican challengers to President Barack Obama.
On January 2, 1960, John F. Kennedy announced his presidential candidacy. In a short statement, he declared that "the presidency is the most powerful office in the Free World" and outlined the issues of the day.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announces his run for U.S. president.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells Piers Morgan he'll make a formal announcement about his 2012 plans soon.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is soft-spoken, low-key and restrained in his rhetoric. Now, would that be any way to run for president?
Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.
There was no "truce" in Iowa on Monday night.
Newt Gingrich's decision to acknowledge publicly he is exploring a White House bid will be seen as a significant moment, a line drawn in the sand that will mark the official beginning of the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Five possible presidential hopefuls are visiting Iowa Monday in order to gain the support of future caucus-goers.
Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) says blaming political rhetoric for the Tucson shooting is "irresponsible."
Deadly tornadoes touched down Thursday in Minnesota, killing at least three people, and injuring at least 17 more, officials said.
Nearly 4,000 GOP insiders are descending Thursday on New Orleans for the start of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, thought by many to be the unofficial kickoff to the 2012 presidential cycle.
Republican hot button Sarah Palin took the stage Wednesday in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling on conservatives to "get our country back on the right track."
GOP up-and-comers seek to inspire conservatives at annual CPAC in Washington.
Confident conservative activists gathered Friday in Washington, reaffirming their principles, recharging their supporters and vowing to wrest power away from Democrats.
Reliable Sources: Does the national press pay too much attention to local elections? Howard Kurtz reports.
Conservatives gather to attend the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
A day after former Baptist minister and likely presidential rival Mike Huckabee offered a withering critique of Mitt Romney's record, the former Massachusetts governor made his pitch to the same group of religious conservatives.
Plagued by record budget deficits and massive job losses, local and state officials are looking to the federal government for immediate help.
One of the last remaining steps in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount was temporarily halted Saturday morning when attorneys with Republican incumbent Norm Coleman's campaign attempted to stop the counting of about 950 improperly rejected absentee ballots.
Sen. John Cornyn weighed in on Minnesota's close and still unresolved U.S. Senate race, saying Friday that no one should be seated until a winner is made official by both Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
CNN's Ed Henry reports on what real people in Ohio are saying about the GOP choices for Vice President.
With Sen. John McCain touring Pennsylvania with his good friend and the state's popular former governor, Tom Ridge, the buzz is inevitably building about the Republican presidential candidate's choice for running mate.
It is vice presidential season, where every picture looks like a campaign brochure and introductions sound like tryouts.
If conventional wisdom is correct and Barack Obama's vice presidential selection is days away, should John McCain pounce with his own veep announcement?
Guest host Campbell Brown talks with her panel about reaction to Sen. McCain's new attack ad against Sen. Obama.
Paul Steinhauser talks about new polls, Obama's overseas trip and a potential McCain running mate.
One day after it was revealed that Sen. John McCain was to hold a closed-door meeting with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, Jindal said Wednesday that there is no way he will fill the bottom half of the GOP presidential ticket.
Engineers and National Guard teams examined dams across this storm-deluged state Tuesday looking for signs of damage from the high water that led to the major collapse that nearly emptied Lake Delton
Disaster teams searched for more victims Monday in areas devastated by weekend tornadoes that killed at least seven people in the Midwest.
Tornadoes swept through the Midwest on Sunday, killing seven people in Iowa and a toddler in Minnesota.
Two Minnesota state lawmakers said Friday that they have reached a deal to compensate victims of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse that killed 13 people in Minneapolis last year.
Governors are debating priorities if Congress takes up a second stimulus package, with some state leaders pushing for federal money to repair infrastructure
A Minnesota transportation official defended the selection of the most expensive bid to replace the collapsed interstate bridge
Flags flew at half-staff at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday a week after a bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing at least five people and injuring about 100
From parks to the banks of the Mississippi River, people across Minneapolis on Tuesday paused to remember those who died in last week's bridge disaster as the search intensified for more victims.
Woman makes underwater escape
The search for bodies in the Mississippi River was painstakingly slow as divers navigated debris and coped with low visibility after Wednesday's deadly bridge collapse, officials said.
Nearly a quarter of the nation's roughly 600,000 major bridges carry more traffic than they were designed to bear, according to reports based on federal government data.
Are America's bridges safe?
Divers searched the Mississippi River on Thursday for more bodies entombed in cars trapped beneath the surface. As many as 30 people remained missing
A student on Monday killed two of his grandparents, then went on a shooting rampage at his Minnesota high school, killing seven people and wounding as many as 13 others before killing himself, officials said.
It's rare these days for an issue to break through the boundaries of partisanship. When it does, we'll call it the political Play of the Week.