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Iowa (GOP Club)

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  • Cruz backer sees senator ‘drafting’ and ready to take the lead

    11/29/2015 7:06:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | November 29, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a three-day campaign lap around the state, with stops in 14 cities. “I just want to say thank you all for being here. Thank you for standing up. I’m here asking for your support, asking for your help. We are building a grassroots army,” Cruz said to conclude an appearance at the Windrow restaurant in Creston on Saturday afternoon. Wally Miller of Creston was there to show his support for Cruz. “He’s the only one that makes sense,” Miller said, adding he has a screening test for candidates. “When I look at someone,...
  • Ted Cruz Surges in Iowa, Powered by Outsider Fervor

    11/29/2015 5:29:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    CHARITON, Iowa — Around 10 p.m. Saturday, with locals here stuffing the entryway of a general store known for something called taco pizza, the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz seemed to be winning a bet with itself. Could the candidate fill the space on a frosty night, in a town of 4,000 or so, more than two months before voting begins, at an hour late enough that taco pizza was no longer being served? “I’m pretty sure this is breaking a Guinness World Record,” Mr. Cruz said, settling in beside the doughnut display as scores of Iowans surrounded him....
  • The Rise of Cruz in Iowa Explained

    11/27/2015 10:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Virginia Right ^ | November 25, 2015 | Steven Brodie Tucker
    In the most recent Quinnipiac Iowa poll, Senator Ted Cruz surprised analysts by coming in second to Donald Trump with 23% of likely caucus goers support. The ascendancy of Cruz in Iowa can be contributed to two primary factors. First, that Rubio and Carson supporters are not securely in the tent for those candidates. Secondly, the terror attacks in Paris and the return of foreign policy to the forefront of the campaign. Ted Cruz, having refused to attack his fellow candidates, has not angered those who currently have different favorites, nor has he done anything to hurt anyone’s favorite candidate...
  • Insiders: Trump’s grip on Iowa is tenuous

    11/27/2015 5:03:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 27, 2015 | Steven Shepard
    POLITICO Caucus shows Cruz gaining ground and Clinton pushing Sanders aside in the early voting states. After months of waiting for Donald Trump’s decline, Republican insiders now concede the poll leader could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly poll of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. For this Thanksgiving holiday week, POLITICO analyzed seven months-worth of responses to our weekly benchmark question: Who would win your state if the voting were today?...
  • Ted Cruz becomes GOP frontrunner in Iowa despite never leading polls

    11/24/2015 1:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    Without ever leading in a single poll, Ted Cruz has become the frontrunner in Iowa. The Texas senator and conservative firebrand has closed the gap on real-estate mogul Donald Trump and is now trailing Trump by only a margin of 25% to 23% in the Hawkeye State, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. But, more than that, Cruz has been notching up key endorsements in Iowa and positioning himself to win the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on 1 February. The poll comes in the aftermath of Cruz’s successful appearance at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines...
  • Good news for Cruz: He's just TWO points behind Trump in Iowa-& he's nearly as well liked as Carson

    11/24/2015 10:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | J. Taylor Rushing, US Reporter
    IOWA: TRUMP 25 / CRUZ 22 / CARSON 18 / RUBIO 13 / PAUL 5 / BUSH 4 Texas senator and tea party favorite is in virtual tie for top spot in Iowa with longtime front-runner Donald TrumpCruz's support has more than doubled over the past month Separate poll shows Cruz tied with Trump and closing on Carson when it comes to favorability among GOP primary voters Surging Sen. Ted Cruz has surged himself into a virtual tie for the top spot in Iowa in the 2016 Republican presidential race, as the Texas lawmaker finds himself just two points behind...
  • Iowa poll: Cruz, not Carson, now Trump's chief rival

    11/24/2015 7:47:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 24, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)—Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows that Trump is the Republican presidential front-runner in the early voting state, with 25% support among GOP voters likely to participate in Iowa's February 1 caucuses. But Cruz, the Texas senator, has moved into second place with 23% support -- double the backing he had just four weeks ago. Carson has fallen to third at 18% support, down 10 percentage points from his first-place perch a month ago when he led Trump, 28% to 20%. Florida...
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

    11/23/2015 8:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 23, 2015
    With a world on edge after the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, and as criticism grows louder of the Obama administration’s handling of adversaries such as Iran and Syria, tough talk and defiance have become strong currencies in the presidential race. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor – which helped endear him to many voters in the first place – now appears to be working against him, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face style is now raising his stock. In the crucial state of Iowa, which holds closely-watched caucuses, the event in Paris on Nov. 13 changed many conservatives’...
  • Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge

    11/23/2015 5:04:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    More and more Republicans view the rivalry between the two senators as one that could determine the outcome of the Feb. 1 caucuses. DES MOINES — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz weren't the only candidates in Iowa this weekend, but they might as well have been. Beginning with their Friday night appearances here at the Family Leader Forum -- an audition of sorts before the influential Christian conservative group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats -- the outline of their looming showdown began to take shape. And Iowa Republicans, including the 2,000 people in attendance at the event, began taking...
  • Can Ben Carson Win Iowa Just By Being A Nice Guy?

    11/22/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 21, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    After several tough weeks on the campaign trail, Carson faces a ballroom full of voters in Des Moines who are looking for a reason to stick with him. “They want so badly to think he would be a great president.” DES MOINES, Iowa — About halfway through Friday night’s Presidential Family Forum — a Republican candidate roundtable that featured seven 2016 contenders — the moderator lobbed a softball question toward Ben Carson. “Is President Obama an armchair quarterback?” Frank Luntz asked, referring to what conservatives widely view as the administration’s overly passive foreign policy. “Are you asking me?” a momentarily...
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • Ted Cruz cruises past Ben Carson in Iowa - and The Donald is back on top

    11/22/2015 1:25:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2015 | Nikki Schwab, US Political Reporter
    Donald Trump now has a commanding lead in Iowa by nine points Ben Carson, who was in first place in the state in several polls last month, has dropped to third in the new CBS/YouGov poll Cruz gets higher marks on presidential readiness than the other top Republicans in the state Ben Carson is losing ground and Ted Cruz is moving up the ranks to the No. 2 spot, in a new poll out today that shows the preferences of Iowa voters. In the new CBS/YouGov poll, Cruz has pushed past Carson to take 21 percent of the vote, to...
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • Iowa Conservatives Abandoning Carson for Cruz

    11/21/2015 9:55:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 21, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The Paris attacks and several recent foreign-policy fumbles are leading conservatives in Iowa to abandon Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for rival Ted Cruz. "He’s a great guy, he’s fun to listen to, but I didn’t hear anything substantive," Alan Hilgerson, a physician in Des Moines, told Politico. He said that national security was an "extremely high" priority for him as he pores over the candidates. "I don’t know that I’d want him as my president," Hilgerson said. Marilu Erdahl said that she was leaning more toward Cruz because of his strong positions on national security. "He has experience, he’s...
  • Schulte Resigns from Iowa GOP SCC to Endorse Ted Cruz

    11/20/2015 8:34:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | November 20, 2015
    Cruz for President today announced that longtime Iowa political activist, and well-respected Republican leader, Loras Schulte, has formally resigned from the Iowa GOP State Central Committee to publicly endorse and support Ted Cruz for President. “I’ve been actively involved in Republican politics for more than thirty years, serving in nearly every capacity one can be involved in; from local committee-man to County Chairman, to serving on the State Central Committee,” Schulte said. He also served as the State Director for Pat Buchanan’s Presidential Campaign in 1996 and for Gary Bauer in 2000. Leading up to this current election cycle, each...
  • Impact of King's Cruz endorsement limited unless others follow

    11/17/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | November 17, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, Des Moines Bureau
    CEDAR RAPIDS | Conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King’s endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP presidential sweepstakes was no bombshell, but that didn’t stop it from reverberating around the Iowa political echo chamber Monday, a day on which no Republican candidates were campaigning in the state. Not only had King and Cruz recently shot pheasants at the western Iowa congressman’s fundraiser, but his son, Jeff King, has been working for a Cruz super PAC. Still, King’s endorsement is seen as a conservative seal of approval. “It certainly helps Cruz, given King’s solid conservative credentials,” said Steffen Schmidt, Iowa...
  • Why Steve King Endorsed Ted Cruz — And Not Ben Carson or Donald Trump

    11/16/2015 12:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KVNU-AM & FM ^ | November 16, 2015
    ABC News(DES MOINE, Iowa) — Congressman Steve King has endorsed Ted Cruz for President — saying Cruz is the "answer to my prayers" and that Ben Carson and Donald Trump's lack of Washington, D.C., experience makes the job "harder" for them. "I do believe that Ted Cruz is the full package, the constitutional conservative that can restore the soul of America," King told reporters in a conference room at the Des Moines Marriott. King is an influential voice in Iowa politics who was courted by many conservative Republicans, including Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. He said he made...
  • Steve King Is Making an Iowa Caucus Announcement (Cruz endorsement?)

    11/15/2015 10:30:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | November 15, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Congressman Steve King (R-IA) notified the media this afternoon that he will be making a major Iowa Caucus announcement on Monday morning. I think it’s safe to say that he will be making an endorsement. If he decided not to endorse he wouldn’t schedule a press conference to say that. I suspect that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will get the nod as he and King have been friends, and King’s son Jeff works for a PAC that backs Cruz. I also wouldn’t be surprised by an endorsement of Donald Trump since he and King are aligned on immigration which...
  • Cruz in good position, local GOP head says (Iowa)

    11/12/2015 9:46:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Nonpareil ^ | November 11, 2015 | Tim Rohwer
    Donald Trump got the most first-place votes by local Republicans watching Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, but Ted Cruz may be the big winner in the long run. That’s according to Jeff Jorgensen, chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republicans. “Ted Cruz is becoming the people’s second choice more and more and as candidates drop out, he will gain their support,” Jorgensen said. About 30 people watched the latest GOP debate, which focused on economic issues, at the Rodeo Saloon. Afterwards, they voted on their top choice, their second choice, and their last choice. Nine of the voters selected Trump as their...
  • Iowa State Representative Terry Baxter Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    11/12/2015 8:28:34 PM PST · by Isara
    TedCruz.org ^ | 11/12/15
    HOUSTON, Texas - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today welcomed the endorsement of Iowa State Representative Terry Baxter, a first term lawmaker from Garner.Affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church, Rep. Baxter is the only ordained minister currently serving in the Iowa Legislature. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Global Compassion Network, an organization that provides aid, domestically and internationally, to disaster-stricken areas."Terry and his wife Debby are wonderful examples of selfless public servants, and I am honored to have their friendship and support," Sen. Cruz said. "Terry's leadership is reminiscent of the Colonial era pastors who made up the...
  • At the Iowa state fairgrounds: Who turned them out?

    11/02/2015 10:39:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 1, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Iowa caucuses are in significant part about who can get their supporters to show up. Thus, one thing I wanted to watch for at yesterday’s Growth and Opportunity event was which candidates got supporters to the fairgrounds to cheer and hold signs. This metric would, it seemed to me, provide a rough measure of some combination of level of support and “ground game.” Unfortunately, neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson spoke at the event. Both had supporters manning tables, but there was no reason for either campaign to bring in folks to cheer. Of the candidates who spoke, I...
  • Jeb Bush Campaign Memo: 70,000 Phone Calls Yield 1,260 Supporters

    10/30/2015 12:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | October 30, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    DES MOINES – It is a portrait of deep frustration. Jeb Bush’s campaign has 10 paid staff members in Iowa, it has made 70,380 phone calls to state Republicans and it has collected 5,000 email addresses. For all that, it has recruited just four volunteers statewide and has identified only 1,260 supporters. The metrics were shown to campaign donors in Houston this week and revealed on Thursday as part of a detailed strategy memo obtained by U.S. News & World Report.Upbeat excerpts from the briefing, which called Senator Marco Rubio of Florida “a G.O.P. Obama” and Mr. Bush’s chief rival,...
  • Donald Trumps First Real Crisis on the Campaign Trail

    10/27/2015 1:04:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | October 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    We have arrived at Donald Trumps first real crisis on the campaign trail. In one word, it is Iowa. In the latest Monmouth poll, Trump is now 14 points behind Ben Carson. One poll, in and of itself, is not a trend. But there are now five polls showing the same trend. Trump is now behind Carson. Trump supporters cannot credibly think that suddenly the pollsters are all wrong. They have been relying on the very same pollsters for months to show Trump winning. If they are going to claim that suddenly the pollsters realize Trump is too credible and...
  • Cruz finds deep support in Kalona

    10/14/2015 2:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | October 14, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    KALONA In his cowboy boots, denim jeans and Lone Star belt buckle, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz looked right at home among the crowd who came out to see him in Kalona Wednesday morning. His rhetoric was welcome, too, prompting frequent applause and amens as he skewered the Obama administration, his liberal adversaries and, at times, his rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Cruz said he would spend his first day as president undoing what Obama and his federal agencies have done for the past seven years rescinding every illegal and unconstitutional action Obama took. If you live...
  • Paul Camp Fiercely Guards Liberty Base as Cruz Looms

    10/13/2015 8:05:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 13, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is fiercely guarding its libertarian base against GOP rival Ted Cruz, producing the harshest pushback yet to the Texan's efforts to consolidate conservative support in his own bid for the White House. As the two candidates crisscrossed this key presidential proving ground Monday, the rift remained on full display, with Paul's campaign all but suggesting Cruz's team was trying to buy the support of libertarian voters. Paul has a long history with the liberty movement, a campaign spokesman said, and "no amount in any bank account can...
  • Iowa Caucus: Will There Be a 2016 Dark Horse Candidate?

    10/10/2015 11:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Ray Nothstine, Reporter
    The Iowa caucuses have a history of propelling late surge candidates in presidential races. Will there be a 2016 dark horse? If the Iowa caucuses were held today, notable Iowa radio host Steve Deace believes Ted Cruz or Ben Carson would emerge victorious on the Republican side while Bernie Sanders would capture the coveted race for Democrats. Deace called the track record of polling in the race "a joke," saying the outcome depends on the organization and effectiveness of the candidate's ground game. The Iowa Caucus has produced many surprise winners over the years who have benefited from a late...
  • Bush campaigns in central Iowa, contrasts his leadership with loud voices'

    10/08/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gazette ^ | October 8, 2015 | Erin Murphy and Rod Boshart
    Two-term Florida governor says he's focused on finding answers, not feeding angst. INDIANOLA Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his leadership as a two-term Florida governor Thursday to prospective Iowa caucus-goers and hoped that experience would win him support over the untested loud voices in the expansive GOP field when they make their choices next February. I believe that at the end of this process that people are going to want to know that youre a proven leader, Bush told about 100 people who packed a Pizza Ranch restaurant to hear his message. That youve got a spine, that...
  • Iowa Radio Host: If The Caucuses Were Today, Ben Carson Or Ted Cruz Would Win [VIDEO]

    10/08/2015 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2015 | Steve Guest, Media Reporter
    Nationally syndicated talk show host Steve Deace said Thursday that if the Iowa caucuses were held today, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would win, even though businessman Donald Trump currently outpolls both candidates. The reason: Carson and Cruz have superior on-the-ground organizations. I dont believe almost any of these polls, Deace said on MSNBC News Nation. The record of polling in Iowa is a joke. Deace noted that pollsters have warned the Republican National Committee against trusting their results to determine debate placement, and that Gallup will stop polling the 2016 primaries because they dont trust...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruzs presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and Im grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement, Cruz said. Ive always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Ted Cruz names campaign chairs in all 99 Iowa counties

    10/07/2015 2:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 7, 2015 | Matthew Patane
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/10/07/cruz-names-chairs-99-iowa-counties/73522118/
  • Why winning Guam and the Virgin Islands could be as important as Iowa for Ted Cruz

    10/07/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | October 7, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTONMost of the early action in presidential primaries happens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Sen. Ted Cruz is keying in on far-off territories to help meet a Republican Party rule for the nomination. While Cruz has spent plenty of time and money in the early primary states, hes also dispatched advisers and put in calls to leaders in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to Politico. The Republican party requires its presidential candidate to have won a majority of delegates in eight states or territories. Since those three territories cast delegates in the primary,...
  • In 2016 race, voters still shopping for a candidate to love (RINO-riffic!)

    10/06/2015 10:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Political Op-Ed ^ | October 6, 2015 | Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist
    Yes, it is time again to play that game, "What's Happening in The Campaign For Leadership Of The Free World?" A few observations, from the front lines: 1. Last week, a friend reported on an Iowa focus group. Of 31 Republican voters, only one was irrevocably committed to a candidate. The rest split their preferences among two candidates or more. Point: This race is remarkably fluid. Voters are still shopping. 2. There is no impetus for Republican voters to place their final bets soon. They fear their country is in decline, and this may be their last chance to save...
  • Scott Walkers Campaign Manager Rick Wiley Should Never, Ever, Work In Politics Again

    10/04/2015 11:42:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | September 23, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    With the implosion of the Scott Walker campaign that culminated in his withdrawal from the race last week, were now in the autopsy stage. After all, Walker was at one time seen as the frontrunner in the race and the fairly obvious choice as a fusion candidate between the conservative grassroots and the business community/GOP establishment. Walker had all the ingredients the Republican Party usually looks for a fairly unassailably conservative record, and in his case pretty aggressively so, a history of fiscally conservative acts, not just deeds, a life story suggestive of economic and social mobility to show...
  • Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, New Hampshire (New NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls out today)

    10/04/2015 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and Carly Fiorina is close behind in New Hampshire. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls out Sunday morning show Trump up in Iowa, with 24% support to Carson's 19%. Fiorina is third at 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 6% each, according to the poll. In New Hampshire, Trump remains in first place with 21% support...
  • Cruz for president? (Poll to FReep)

    10/01/2015 8:35:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Centerville Daily Iowegian ^ | Michael Schaffer, Managing Editor
    The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants you to think about the field of Republican candidates running for United States president. Last week the Iowegian asked you about Carly Fiorina. This week the focus is on Ted Cruz. So, the question of the week is, Does Ted Cruz have what it takes to be president of the United States? Go to the Daily Iowegian website, www.dailyiowegian.com, and scroll down the home page to POLL on the left hand side and cast your vote. Or call the Iowegian office at...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015
    Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull). The endorsement follows Cruzs earlier announcement that all three of Walkers former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign. It is an honor to earn Randys support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary, Sen. Cruz said. I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives weve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth...
  • In Iowa, Cruz Campaign Ramps Up Carefully

    09/29/2015 12:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 29, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    URBANDALE, Iowa Ted Cruz, whose six-month run as a presidential candidate has already taken him to states deep into the primary calendar, is now kicking his campaign into high gear in Iowa, the first early voting state. But Cruz, who frequently touts the long-term durability of his campaign, is underscoring the effort with two caveats: Ramping up doesn't mean going on a spending spree, and building a state-level organization doesn't mean coasting off short-term momentum. "We have been very, very cautious with our expenditure of funds. This is an exceptionally frugal campaign," Cruz told reporters Saturday morning before opening...
  • Ted Cruz opens Iowa campaign office

    09/27/2015 2:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | September 27, 2015 | Ryan Smith
    URBANDALE, Iowa Sen. Ted Cruz was Iowa on Saturday for the opening of his campaign office in Urbandale, making him the seventh Republican to set up shop in Iowa. Cruz and staffers opened their office just six months after the Republican first announced his candidacy. This opening means more than half of the 2016 presidential contenders are spending campaign cash on local rent space. Nearly 100 people including supporters and campaign staffers attended the opening. "I think it shows a commitment to the community to the state and to his supporters particularly, so he is here for the long term,...
  • Cruz building a "grassroots army" to fuel his 2016 bid

    09/26/2015 1:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | September 26, 2015 | Rod Boshart
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chats with Hannah Armentrout, a Drake University student and independent voter from Colorado, who was on hand Saturday when the 2016 GOP presidential candidate held a grand opening for his Iowa campaign office in Urbandale.URBANDALE | Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday the "volcanic frustration with Washington" is helping him build a "grassroots army" in Iowa and around the nation that he is convinced with lead him to victory in his quest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "The grassroots that we are seeing in Iowa is incredible. It is electric. We have passion on...
  • Hold That Fork: Donald Trump Soaring in Iowa

    09/23/2015 12:54:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    Theres been a whole lot of talk recently about how Donald Trumps ride at the top of the Republican primary field may finally be over, blunted by Carly Fiorinas star-making debate performance and Trumps own poor performance. The mainstream media types who just refuse to believe that Republican voters actually are the way every poll proves they are got a little bit of good news this week when a CNN/ORC poll showed that Trumps support had dropped by eight points, while Carly Fiorina shot up by 12, passing Ben Carson for second place. See? Maybe Republicans arent so racist after...
  • 'Shocked' : Scott Walker's Iowa Allies Mull Next Steps

    09/22/2015 1:37:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Danny Freeman
    On Monday afternoon, Iowa state senator Tom Shipley confidently stated that he was still an unswayed supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, no matter what the polls said. "No, I'm not worried," Shipley told NBC News. "I'm still with him, and we've got a lot of time left." Five hours later, Walker was out of the presidential race. Walker's key Iowa leaders and endorsers were stunned by Walker's sudden exit from the 2016 race Monday evening, which came after a full weekend of vigorous campaigning in the Hawkeye State. Now, many are questioning who they will support next. "I was...
  • Iowa faith and freedom coalition banquet videos

    09/20/2015 3:31:02 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/20/2015 | Youtube
    Ted Cruz Speech Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition FULL VIDEO Ted Cruz Iowa Faith and Freedom Donald Trump Speech Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Donald Trump
  • Iowa View: Fiorina, Rubio, Christie and Cruz on top after debate

    09/17/2015 12:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    USA Today | September 17, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa talk radio host
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/09/17/fiorina-rubio-christie-cruz-debate-winners-column/32514709/
  • Sanders up big in New Hampshire and Iowa; Carson trails Trump

    09/13/2015 12:02:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    today.yougov ^ | September 13, 2015 | William Jordan
  • Poll: Trump commands lead in Iowa, N.H. and S.C. (Cruz in third in IA, SC)

    09/13/2015 4:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2015 | Curt Mills
    With Ben Carson still on his tail, Donald Trump nonetheless holds his lead in Iowa, while opening up commanding leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina. According to a new poll out from CBS News/YouGov, Trump leads Carson 40-12 in New Hampshire, 36-21 in South Carolina, and 29-25 in Iowa. Ted Cruz comes in third in Iowa and South Carolina with 10 and 6 percent, and John Kasich comes third in New Hampshire with 9 percent of the vote, in a poll of likely Republican primary votes. In perhaps a telling sign of why Trump, who leads the Washington Examiner's...
  • Trump vs. Walker: A tale of two tailgates; At Iowa's big football showdown, Trump was the winner.

    09/12/2015 11:07:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 12, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    AMES, Iowa The stage, the heat and the drunk college kids they faced were the same. But the receptions Scott Walker and Donald Trump received when they stumped together at the same Iowa event Saturday couldn't have been more different or revealing. The tailgate party scene at the annual Iowa State vs. University of Iowa football game was tailor-made for the Wisconsin governor, a football fan who's at his retail politicking-best when playing the Midwestern everyman role. Desperate to regain his footing after plummeting from front-runner to near-cellar-dweller in Iowa in the span of just two months, there...
  • Stu Rothenberg Becoming a Trump Believer

    09/11/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 9, 2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the most knowledgeable and respected political analysts in the country has changed his mind about Donald Trump, now believing the real estate tycoon is for real and is in it for the long haul. Stuart Rothenberg first thought that once Iowa Republicans start to see the caucuses as an opportunity to select the next president, rather than an opportunity to express their frustration and anger, they will turn away from Trump (and other outsiders) and toward politically experienced, mainstream contenders. But with the recent rise in Trumps favorable rating, and after speaking with GOP strategists in Iowa, Rothenberg...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walkers record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walkers must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • Perry loses top Iowa adviser as campaign aims to reboot

    08/24/2015 7:46:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | August 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sam Clovis, the highly touted Iowa campaign co-chair for Rick Perry, has departed the Texas governor's presidential bid, a blow that comes as the campaign prepares to restructure its program in the early states. Confronted by anemic fundraising that forced the candidate to stop paying all its workers, Perry's campaign is preparing to off-load some of its field operation to an allied super PAC. The move will test whether an outside group can organize just as well as a traditional campaign. Over the next two weeks, Perry's field program will revamp as the $17 million super PAC...