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Marco Rubio in Iowa as questions grow about early-state efforts

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With a nationally focused campaign that leans on strong debate performances and television advertising, Marco Rubio isn’t going all out in any one of the early voting states. That’s raised eyebrows among Republicans in states such as Iowa, where people are used to being lavished with attention in a presidential campaign. As 2015 wanes, the Florida senator is back in Iowa on Tuesday for a multi-day swing, hoping to shore up support and finish in the top tier of candidates…

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Lindsey Graham ends his 2016 presidential campaign

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has ended his 2016 presidential campaign. The South Carolina senator posted a video Monday, saying he was suspending his campaign. He said he had run “a campaign we can be proud of” that was focused on the nation’s security. Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Will Muschamp agrees to become South Carolina coach

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Former Florida coach Will Muschamp will get a second chance in the Southeastern Conference after agreeing to take over South Carolina’s football program. A person with direct knowledge of the decision said Muschamp will be the Gamecocks’ next coach and hopefully bring some stability to a program after Steve Spurrier resigned in midseason. The person said Muschamp could be introduced as early as Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had…

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South Carolina interviews USF head coach Willie Taggart

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USF coach Willie Taggart, who was fighting to keep his job early in the season, may have his eyes on others on his own. According to multiple sources, Taggart interviewed for the vacant South Carolina job Friday. The Gamecocks have also interviewed Auburn defensively coordinator Will Muschamp. South Carolina is expected to interview former Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano and Arizona State head coach Rich Rodriguez. Taggart is in the third year of a five-year contract that pays him $1.2 million…

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Super PACs dole out cash, whether candidates like it or not

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Donald Trump calls them a “crooked business.” Bernie Sanders says they’re “corrupt” organizations “buying elections.” But the barrage of insults hasn’t stopped the political groups known as super PACs and their donors from showing the two presidential candidates some love — no matter how loudly they may rail against their very existence. “I’m not going to be deterred just by that alone,” said Joshua Grossman, president of Progressive Kick, of Sanders’ anti-super PAC message. His liberal super PAC, funded by…

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Jeb Bush makes stops in upstate South Carolina

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Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush is coming back for South Carolina for a series of events in the Upstate. The former Florida governor is starting his swing Tuesday with a Salvation Army event in Greenville at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., he stops by Spartanburg’s Beacon Drive-In, a restaurant that has become a must-see for presidential campaigns as they visit South Carolina’s northwestern areas. At the end of his day, Bush is stopping in Rock Hill for a town-hall meeting…

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What does Jeb Bush get for $20 million in TV ad buys? Not much.

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Jeb Bush and his supporters have spent more than twice that of any other candidate or outside group on TV ads in the 2016 presidential race. And what does the former Florida governor get for nearly $20 million, asks Mark Murray of NBC News. Apparently, not much. Bush’s poll numbers are currently languishing in the single digits both nationally and in the early primary states. Right to Rise, the pro-Bush super PAC, has made $19.5 million in ad spending for…

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