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President Obama sits Jan., 31, 2012, inside a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 during his visit to the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama toots own horn at auto expo

President Obama took a victory lap of sorts for the resurgence of the U.S. car industry Tuesday, stopping by the Washington Auto Show in a surprise visit to proclaim that the bailed-out industry is "back."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, laughs while speaking during a victory party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gingrich 23, Romney 2

The South Carolina Republican Party released the final tally of delegates won in its Jan. 21 primary, and Newt Gingrich dominated, winning 23 of the state's 25 delegates to the nominating convention.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) makes a point as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich listens during the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Romney pulling away from Gingrich in Fla.

The news is growing grim for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Florida, where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be widening his lead one day out from the state's pivotal Republican presidential primary.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gesture during a Republican presidential candidate debate on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Romney boosts lead over Gingrich in Florida

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has increased his lead to 14 points over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Florida's Republican presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Gingrich, Romney camps spar over attacks

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich released a new ad Friday accusing rival Mitt Romney of peddling falsehoods in Florida's primary contest, warning that that kind of dishonesty is why the former Massachusetts governor will lose in an general-election match-up against President Obama.

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns on Jan. 25, 2012, at a U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee (PAC) Event at Freedom Tower, at Miami-Dade College in Miami. Also onstage is (from right) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican; former Florida Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart; Romney's wife, Ann; former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; and former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

Romney pulls ahead in Florida poll

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has opened up a nine-point lead over former House speaker Newt Gingrich among likely voters in Florida's Republican presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, leaves the Capitol on Jan. 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

Pelosi denies she has Gingrich secret

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has dismissed suggestions she knows something that could derail Newt Gingrich's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying her belief he won't win is based on "instinct."