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2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

New Hampshire results
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An unwieldy Republican race heads South

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The New Hampshire primary was supposed to narrow the crowded Republican field. Instead, it remains as jumbled as ever when it arrives Wednesday squarely in the South.

As the polls long predicted, Donald Trump won a decisive victory Tuesday in New Hampshire, besting his nearest opponent by nearly 20 percentage points. And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the Iowa victor, emerged from the unfriendly Granite State territory unscathed with a third place finish.

But it’s the ongoing muddle in the middle that complicates an already complicated race ahead of the Feb. 20 GOP primary in South Carolina.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used his surprisingly strong third-place finish in Iowa to make the case that he’s the Republican who can unite the party – until his poor performance in Saturday’s debate in Manchester exposed weaknesses in his campaign.

His New Hampshire support utterly collapsed in the days after the debate, dramatically raising the stakes in the South.

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BILL TORPY AT LARGE

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Kendrick Johnson case: Tragedy turns travesty

Enough with the pretense that there’s a news story with two sides to it here. Enough with giving outlandish — no, slanderous — accusations equal weight with dutiful denials. Enough already. The perversion of justice in the Kendrick Johnson death case offends the senses — both the sense of smell, as well as the sense of right and wrong.

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OVER THE LINE

Rep. Rich Golick
Ben Gray

Law would curb police grand jury privileges

Georgia police officers who face possible criminal charges in shooting cases would lose some of their unique legal privileges under a proposal to be debated at the State Capitol on Friday.

Current Georgia law allows officers facing possible indictment to sit in the grand jury room for the entire process, hear all the evidence against them and make a closing statement at the end without facing cross examination. No other state has such a law.

» Series: Police shootings in Georgia


LIFE WITH GRACIE

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Mom, daughters bare all to stop breast cancer

Last week, Alana Schube traveled to Houston with her mother, Maxx, so doctors at the MD Anderson Cancer Center could remove the tumor she discovered recently from her left armpit.

It was her second such surgery in less than two years. The first, in September 2014, was for a double mastectomy that was followed by eight brutal rounds of chemotherapy.

This is not how Schube, 24, imagined her life.

PORT OF SAVANNAH

Savannah port
Brant Sanderlin

$42M for port expansion 'falls short'

As dredging work to deepen the Port of Savannah continues, the Obama administration on Tuesday proposed $42.7 million in new construction funding for fiscal 2017, angering the project’s political boosters who pushed for roughly twice as many federal dollars in the president’s budget.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the spending level in the budget proposal is reflective of what is doable.


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