The Amazing Race

From the first GOP debate in May, a brief history of the Republican candidates' triumphs, gaffes and comebacks




May 5: The first of more than a dozen GOP debates is held in Greenville, S.C.

May 11: Newt Gingrich enters the race

May 13: Ron Paul begins his third presidential campaign

May 15: Gingrich dismisses the House GOP budget as "right-wing social engineering"

May 21: Herman Cain enters the race

May 22: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he won't run

May 23: Tim Pawlenty enters the race


June 2: Already leading in the polls, Mitt Romney enters the race

June 6: Rick Santorum enters the race

June 9: Top Gingrich staffers resign after the candidate goes...

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