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  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Trump Change: The Donald Takes A Fall

    02/06/2016 12:18:54 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 77 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Rasmussen Reports
    Donald Trump insists his second-place showing in Monday’s Iowa caucus isn’t bad, but perception among his fellow Republicans that he will be the party’s presidential nominee has fallen sharply this week. Rasmussen Reports’ latest weekly Trump Change survey finds that most Likely Republican Voters (61%) still believe Trump is likely to be the GOP nominee, but that’s down from a high of 74% a week ago. Even more noticeably, the overall finding includes only 24% who think Trump is Very Likely to win the nomination, down from a high of 40% two weeks ago. Thirty-six percent (36%) say Trump is...
  • Former Ben Carson Communications Director: They gave Cruz a "loaded pistol"

    02/05/2016 9:01:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Link only: http://www.businessinsider.com/ben-carson-ted-cruz-letter-voicemail-iowa-2016-2
  • Trump: Eh, who cares about that Iowa thing now?

    02/05/2016 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 5, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, until last night's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, it seemed Donald Trump certainly cared a great deal about it. After a brief but gracious silver-medalist speech on Monday night, Trump spent the rest of the week raging on Twitter over Ted Cruz' supposed "voter fraud," demanding a do-over of the Iowa caucuses and investigations by the RNC. After a few days of what Cruz called a "Trumper-tanrum," Trump now wants everyone to just get over it: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The day after accusing Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucuses unfairly and asking for a rematch in the state, Donald Trump...
  • Give 'Em a Few More Days, And Everyone Will "Know" That Rubio Won Iowa

    02/02/2016 7:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ace
    Reuters Top News Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican party http://reut.rs/1SAq0xv Yes, Rubio's fans, and the permanent GOP establishment (but I repeat myself), are just sort of ignoring the winner, Ted Cruz, and the second place finisher, Trump, and declaring Rubio won. They'll keep on saying it. They always throw some caveat around Cruz's win, which was apparently tainted by the fact that he worked really hard at it, and out-organized everyone else. So they just sort of blow that off. Rubio didn't even try, and he got third. Marcomentum! Meanwhile, this happened during Hillary's speech: 😂 RT...
  • Sarah Palin talks about Trump’s Iowa loss and whether they’ve discussed running together

    02/02/2016 6:25:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Hunter Walker, national correspondent
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Yahoo News spoke to Palin, who was the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, as she passed through airport security. Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, so we asked Palin whether she thinks Trump will catch up in the next primary state, New Hampshire. "I think so," Palin said of Trump's chances in the Granite State. "He's going to do well there." Palin also shared...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan

    02/02/2016 3:56:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 2, 2016 | Nate Silver
    On Monday, Iowa voters did something that Republican "party elites" had failed to do for more than seven months: They rejected Donald Trump. Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, placing him closer to the third-place candidate, Marco Rubio (23 percent), than to the winner, Ted Cruz (28 percent). Trump underperformed his polls, which had him winning Iowa with 29 percent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio outperformed theirs. It's not uncommon for the polls to be off in Iowa and other early-voting states, but the manner in which Trump underachieved is revealing. It turns...
  • Rich Lowry, Andrea Tantaros discuss Trump's Iowa loss to Cruz (Video: Lowry taken to task)

    02/02/2016 10:40:45 AM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2, 2016
    Rich Lowry of National Review magazine is seriously taken to task by four Fox women commentators Smith, Faulkner, Colby, Camerota, and Tantaros about his undeniable bias against Trump, his lack of logic, and called out in a lie... To the three minute video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6f5F4zIvo
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Here’s the Big Advantage Ted Cruz Has as Voting Begins

    02/01/2016 12:54:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | Martin Matishak
    Most polls are pointing to a second place finish for Ted Cruz in Iowa, but new fundraising data shows he has plenty of money to keep his campaign going in the weeks and months ahead. The Texas lawmaker, who has lost his lead over billionaire Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, raised $20.5 million in the last quarter of 2015, coming in second in the money race to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who brought in $22.6 million. Meanwhile, the "Keep the Promise" super PACs supporting Cruz's candidacy now have $32.2 million in cash on hand, second only to the PACs...
  • Ted Cruz has an under-appreciated strength in Iowa

    02/01/2016 11:59:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | January 31, 2016 | Boris Shor, Will Cubbison, Josh Putnam and Craig Goodman
    The lack of consensus among Republican party leaders has dramatically shaped the presidential primary. This can be seen most clearly among Republican governors, senator, and members of the House. Few have endorsed a presidential candidate, and among those who have endorsed, there is no clear front-runner. But there is a larger universe of party leaders outside Congress and governors' mansions. A key part of that universe is state legislators. And they tell us something different about the race, particularly in Iowa. One key story is the under-appreciated strength of Ted Cruz. Iowa has only six members of Congress and a...
  • Former Libertarian Presidential Nominee Supporting Ted Cruz

    01/13/2016 3:34:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Resurgent ^ | January 12, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The other day, Steve Hayes had this piece up at the Weekly Standard. In it, he noted that Cruz was running a video positing himself as the heir to the Ron Paul Revolution. You'd never even know Rand was running. Rand Paul, after all, was the fusion candidate who was going to bring libertarians and conservatives together along for a ride against the left. It has not happened. Rand Paul's campaign has imploded. And now, if you scroll down in this article towards the end you will find this blurb: "Former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr...
  • Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O’Malley — To Block Bernie

    01/31/2016 7:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ben Smith, et al.
    "Sad and telling," says Sanders campaign. There's an app for that. Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to -- in certain cases -- throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates. The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers. A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains...
  • Ted Cruz Counters Donald Trump With Targeted Approach in Iowa

    01/31/2016 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer
    URBANDALE, Iowa -- Senator Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Mr. Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald J. Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this weekend telephoning, emailing and knocking on the doors of likely caucusgoers. Mr. Cruz's campaign boasts a chairman or chairwoman for each of Iowa's 99 counties, captains...
  • Poll: Kasich now tied for second with Cruz in New Hampshire as Rubio drops to fourth

    01/11/2016 3:03:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 11, 2016 | Allahpundit
    That Rubio surge is coming annnnny minute now. In fairness, he's only two points behind Kasich and Cruz in a poll with a margin of error of 4.8 percent, so he's effectively tied for second. On the other hand, how many Rubio fans are excited to find him battling John Effin' Kasich for center-right votes less than a month from primary day?
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • The Sorry State of Huckabee & Santorum

    01/31/2016 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2016 | Olivia Nuzzi
    They both have Iowa caucus wins, yet the only feeling voters seem to manage for these two is apathy. Rick Santorum was unhappy. While other candidates have managed to draw crowds of hundreds and even tens of thousands this cycle, Santorum arrived at Second Street Emporium, a dimly lit restaurant and bar in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon, to find that fewer than 50 people had come to see his town hall. Making matters worse, the majority of them weren't Iowa voters, but high school students who'd been bussed in from Cincinnati. They couldn't even vote in the caucus...
  • The ‘Magic Number’ That Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 | Tim Alberta
    Des Moines, Iowa -- 135,000. That's the "magic number" to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials. Four years ago, a record-breaking number of Iowans -- 121,503 -- participated in the Republican caucuses. If turnout exceeds 135,000 this year, GOP insiders agree, it will be an indication that Donald Trump has attracted a significant number of new voters to the caucuses. And if the increase is even more drastic -- say, upwards of 150,000, which some Republicans believe is possible...
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Some Iowans Are Now Former Trump Supporters Because He Ditched Debate

    01/30/2016 9:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2016
    On Thursday's edition of Special Report, Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard revealed he has met several Iowans who are now "former Trump supporters" because he decided not to participate in tonight's debate hosted by the FOX News Channel. "I talked to a couple of Trump supporters who are now former Trump supporters," Hayes said. "Precisely because they thought that his sitting out this one in particular was a slap in the face of Iowans." "I talked to one woman last night who was not a Trump supporter, she was going to caucus for Rubio or Cruz. She said,...
  • Ted Cruz wins over Iowans with positive campaign

    01/30/2016 6:13:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | January 30, 2016 | Kim St. Onge
    He challenged caucus-goers to bring nine people along with them to caucus. He said that's the ticket for him becoming the next president of the United States. "We will win the nomination, and we will go on to win in 2016 and beat Hillary Clinton and turn this country around," said Cruz, who didn't mention Donald Trump during his speech. Supporters packed the Gateway Hotel in Ames, forcing dozens to watch from the hallway. "He doesn't trash anybody, and he runs a very positive campaign. I like it," said Cruz supporter Jeff Snyder. Snyder said he knew he'd caucus for...
  • Iowa Political Parties Acknowledge Major Gap in Online Caucus Tool

    01/30/2016 3:56:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 30, 2016 | MaryAlice Parks and Madelaine Pisani
    Three days before voting begins, residents around Iowa are making plans to caucus, but new online tools launched by both the state Democratic and Republican parties designed to inform people where to go Monday evening were built with one major hole, the parties confirmed to ABC News. The systems were only built off the list of registered voters' addresses. As a result, for new voters who have never registered in the state and who live at addresses where no one else has registered, the online feature does not work. Instead, when an address is not found in the system, users...
  • Cruz counters Trump’s overtures with targeted approach in Iowa

    01/30/2016 2:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Belleville News Democrat ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer, NYT News Service and the Assoc. Press
    Cruz's campaign reps in state's 99 counties are using behavioral data to make personal calls to voters Trump's camp is counting on a surge of new caucus participants with little experience Sen. Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this...
  • In Iowa, Cruz shifts focus from Trump to Rubio

    01/30/2016 2:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Wilton, Iowa (CNN)--After weeks of decreeing that he had entered a two-man race with Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz is quickly shifting focus to an opponent he thought he once vanquished: Sen. Marco Rubio. Just two days before voters go to the polls, in a new Iowa television advertisement first reported by CNN, Cruz calls Rubio "the Republican Obama," a sign that Cruz's campaign could be worried the Florida senator is surging. The Texas senator, under siege by much of the GOP field, has moved nearly all of his negative ads away from Trump -- who...
  • What happens if Rubio wins Iowa?

    01/29/2016 4:21:47 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 91 replies
    01-29-2016 | MnJohnnie
    Ok Freepers, put down the Trump/Cruz bats for a minute and consider this. According to polling a plurality of Iowa voters are either undecided or soft in their support for any candidate. Religious voters play a significant role in Iowa politics. Religious voters have demonstrated in the past a distaste for candidate who engage in the bare knuckle politics Cruz/Trump have recently engaged in. Historically polling in Iowa has been rather in accurate. Iowa almost always produces a surprise result. Rubio has gone full out of for the religious votes. His ads spend a lot of time with him talking...
  • Why Iowa Voter Registration Data Point To A Ted Cruz Victory In Iowa

    01/29/2016 1:14:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Red State ^ | January 28, 2016 | Streiff
    Only a few days out from the Iowa Caucuses, we still don’t know what to expect. The polls look more like darts tossed by a drunk than a discernible pattern. Worse still, we don’t really even know what they are measuring. There is one critical factor in a caucus system that makes it different from a primary. Unlike a primary that may have early voting and absentee voting and where the voters straggle in over the course of a 12-hour day, in a caucus you actually have to get your voters to a caucus site within a relatively small envelop...
  • Biden: Trump or Cruz nomination ‘a gift from the Lord’

    01/28/2016 8:39:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats on Thursday that they should see it as “a gift from the Lord” if Republicans nominate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president in 2016. “We may be given a gift from the Lord in the presidential race here,” Biden told lawmakers attending the annual House of Representatives Democratic conference, held this year in Baltimore. “I don’t know who to root for more: Cruz? Or what’s that guy’s name, he’s having a fundraiser for veterans tonight, I’m told,” said the vice president. Trump has announced he will snub...
  • Paul on Trump's decision to boycott debate: 'Good riddance'

    01/27/2016 5:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 27, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Washington (CNN)--Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday welcomed Donald Trump's announcement that he was skipping the upcoming Fox News debate, saying the "IQ of the debate went up." "It's an improvement to the debate. The IQ of the debate went up a couple dozen points, I would say," he told Fox News Wednesday morning. "He thinks he's already elected himself king. I say, good riddance. We're going to have a much better debate," Paul added. Paul is returning to the debate stage after he boycotted the last Republican event earlier this month because Fox Business Network assigned him to the...
  • Sorry But Marco Rubio Ain’t Happening This Election

    01/27/2016 4:52:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | January 27, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    One of the recurring fantasies of many in the media is that Republicans are going to wake up and finally acknowledge that Marco Rubio is their nominee. Politico (again) has one of these types of stories today. The thinking behind this is as goes: * Marco Rubio will do well, somewhere * He has the highest favorable ratings of any Republican * He's also the most "electable" * Everyone else will come to their senses, drop out, and endorse him * Republicans will then finally realize Rubio is the one and he'll defeat Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and be...
  • Do Trump Voters Really Exist? How Both Parties Botched Iowa

    01/27/2016 3:51:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 26, 2016 | Gideon Resnick
    Bernie and Trump boast about inspiring new people to head to the polls but less than a week away from the Iowa caucuses, the number of registered voters has decreased in the state over the past year. If the major political parties had some trick up their sleeves to get more voters registered ahead of the Iowa caucus, it hasn't happened yet. With under a week left until people vote for the first time in 2016, the number of registered Democrats and Republicans has remained fairly static in the last six months. So the big crowds at rallies for Bernie...
  • Fascinating variable shows how Donald Trump's lead over Ted Cruz could melt away in Iowa

    01/27/2016 2:36:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 27, 2016 | Maxwell Tani
    Donald Trump may be the front-running candidate to beat in Iowa, but a new poll suggests his victory strategy relies on a key factor: whether Iowans who don't usually vote show up next Monday. According to a Wednesday Monmouth University survey, a victory for Trump in the Iowa caucus hinges on whether his non-traditional campaign style motivates irregular voters to caucus for him. "Turnout is basically what separates Trump and Cruz right now," Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said. "Trump's victory hinges on having a high number of self-motivated, lone-wolf caucus-goers show up Monday night." Trump's support in...
  • Poll: Turnout key to whether Ted Cruz or Donald Trump wins Iowa

    01/27/2016 1:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 27, 2016 | Rebecca Kaplan
    A new Monmouth University poll shows Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz among likely Iowa Republican caucus goers, but low turnout in Monday's caucus could hurt his chances of winning. Thirty percent of likely caucus goers said they supported Trump, while 23 percent said they supported Cruz. While Cruz's support is just one point behind what he received in Monmouth's December poll, Trump's support has grown from 19 percent that month. It is the businessman's best showing in a Monmouth Iowa caucus poll since he entered the race. The poll found Marco Rubio receiving 16 percent support, Ben Carson receiving 10...
  • Trump's Debate Boycott Throws Fox News Into Chaos

    01/27/2016 12:51:33 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 229 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 27, 2016 | Gabriel Sherman
    Trump said he would host his own Iowa town hall to raise money for veterans and let other networks cover it. One clear sign of the gravity of tonight's development is the sense of confusion that is swirling throughout Fox. The network is split between Kelly's allies like Brit Hume and conservative anchors that are furious that Kelly - who graces the cover of Vanity Fair this month - has become the face of the network. An anchor fumed that Kelly hosted Michael Moore on her program tonight and the lefty filmmaker defended her against Trump. "That would be like...
  • Dan Patrick to join Cruz campaign in Iowa (Texas Lieutenant Governor)

    01/26/2016 7:55:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2016 | Dylan Baddour
    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday he would hit the Iowa campaign trail to support the presidential bid of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, joining a cadre of other conservative stalwarts that has recently taken shape behind Cruz. Less than a week before the nation's first primary caucus, Cruz and his leading rival, Donald Trump, are tied for the top spot in a recent poll. Almost two years before this election cycle began, Patrick endorsed Cruz for president, saying the senator had "taken our conservative message to a different level."(continued)
  • Iowan's - Lil Help

    01/26/2016 1:01:48 PM PST · by acw011 · 14 replies
    n/a ^ | 1/26/2016 | me
    Apologies in advance if I screwed this up and it doesn't just go to Iowa Freepers.. Never done this before.. I just have a basic question about the Caucus - I live about 2 hours from Dubuque in Verona WI.. A buddy and I are thinking about heading that way for the Caucus - we'd like to just observe the process out of curiosity - is that allowed or do you have to be an Iowa resident to get inside? We don't want any part of the process or to interrupt it at all - just want to see what...
  • Trump, Cruz neck-and-neck in new Iowa poll

    01/26/2016 12:33:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The,Philadelphia Inquirer's Big Tent Blog ^ | January 26, 2016 | Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are pounding down the stretch in Iowa attacking each other on multiple fronts as they grapple for the lead with six days to go before the Republican caucuses, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Tuesday. Trump has the support of 31 percent of likely caucus-goers, to 29 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. No other candidate breaks 7 percent, the poll found. Two percent told interviewers they were undecided, but 39 percent of those who chose a candidate say they may change their minds before the caucuses next Monday....
  • Playing with Fire, Republican Bigwigs Want to Take Out Cruz

    01/26/2016 12:07:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 26, 2016 | Josh Kraushaar
    Party officials and strategists believe that if Trump wins Iowa, Rubio's path to the nomination is clearer. To many out­side ob­serv­ers, the wave of seasoned Re­pub­lic­an of­fi­cials and strategists sound­ing in­creas­ingly com­fort­able with Don­ald Trump as the GOP's pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee is a sign of sur­render. Wheth­er it's Iowa Gov. Terry Bran­stad root­ing for Ted Cruz to lose the Iowa caucuses or Or­rin Hatch "com­ing around a little bit" on Trump's can­did­acy or the paucity of money spent at­tack­ing Trump on the air­waves, it feels like of­fi­cial Wash­ing­ton has sided with Trump over Cruz. In real­ity, many are try­ing to sal­vage...
  • One Week Out: The Problem With Polling Iowa

    01/26/2016 1:29:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | January 25, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    There are a number of polls out that have Donald Trump surging in Iowa at the last minute. I do believe Trump is probably ahead, but I am aware of several of the campaigns' internal polls and none of them have anything but Cruz and Trump clustered together very closely. The problem with polling Iowa is that a caucus is not a primary. With a primary, voters go to a polling booth, click the name of the candidate who they support, and leave. With a caucus, often not even in the same location as where voters go to vote in...
  • Here’s how the Iowa caucus works

    01/26/2016 12:37:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | January 20, 2016 | Scott McFetridge, The Associated Press
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- More than 40 years ago, a scheduling quirk vaulted Iowa to the front of the presidential nominating process, and ever since most White House hopefuls have devoted enormous time and money to a state that otherwise would get little attention. Here's how the caucuses work and a little history about the event: HOW IT STARTED For most of Iowa's history, activists have gathered in the winter to deal with politics, but no one outside the state paid attention until 1972, when Democrats established their caucuses in January. That made the party's presidential preference vote the first...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘We can shock the political world’

    01/25/2016 8:13:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 203 replies
    The Washington Times' Inside The Beltway ^ | January 25, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    It is an old-fashioned, bodacious campaign blitz. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz has multiple events in 26 Iowa cities and towns through week's end at a critical time: the next official GOP debate in Des Moines is Thursday, the Iowa caucuses are just six days away. Mr. Cruz is embracing the blitz and has plenty muscle. Campaigning this week with the candidate: Rick Perry, Rep. Steven King and evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaatz -- who have all endorsed the Cruz quest for the White House. The quartet will appear at seven rallies together on Tuesday alone, with stops at...
  • Don't Be So Sure About the Iowa Poll Numbers

    01/25/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | January 25, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ben Shapiro, recent interviewee, Limbaugh Letter, young, brilliant conservative, located many places. Has a piece on the Daily Wire here: "Three Reasons the Iowa Polls Might Not Predict a Trump Win." Now, there a lot of people, I had somebody say to me last night, "Rush, I don't believe these Iowa polls." Iowa's different. You gotta show up and caucus. It's not just vote. You've gotta actually go there. And this person cited what is in the Drive-By Media. You know, Trump doesn't have the ground game. He really doesn't have the ground game. It's a big...
  • Iowa Democratic caucus runs into difficulties amid volunteering crisis

    01/25/2016 12:37:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Waterloo, Iowa
    Things are looking grim for the Iowa Democratic party's efforts to mount a successful caucus on 1 February. The Guardian has learned the party is still lacking a temporary chairman to run the caucuses in up to 300 locations across the state with just over a week to go before caucus night. These officials preside over caucuses when they first convene. Caucuses can then elect a permanent chair but invariably the temporary chair is chosen. The chair ensures the Democratic party's complex rules are followed and that an accurate vote is taken and then reported to state Democratic party. There...
  • Branstad criticized for trying to sway Iowa Republicans against Ted Cruz

    01/24/2016 7:05:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    WHBF-TV ^ | January 24, 2016 | Jim Niedelman
    It was another interesting week on the presidential political scene on several fronts. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was vocal, Sarah Palin took a stand and Hillary Clinton raised her attacks on Bernie Sanders. Former Illinois Congressman Phil Hare and former Iowa State Representative David Millage addressed these issues during an appearance on 4 the Record. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad got involved in presidential politics. It's not typical of him, but, he doesn't want Ted Cruz to win the Iowa caucuses because of his stance on ethanol. Cruz is ahead in the polls for Iowa....
  • How Ted Cruz Can Win Iowa

    01/24/2016 2:41:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 24, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump, conventional wisdom says that Trump is back on top in the first primary state of Iowa after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) jumped ahead in the state polls a few weeks ago. Charles Krauthammer said, "I think this could be decisive... not because it helps Trump or it brings him additional support, but that it hurts Cruz. The one thing standing between Trump and success in Iowa is Cruz. He attributes his success in becoming a Senator to her. She now turns against him." Mark Halperin of Bloomberg...
  • The Latest: Turban-wearing activist ejected from Trump rally

    01/24/2016 2:13:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local. 2:45 p.m. Two protesters, one wearing a red turban, have been ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Muscatine, Iowa, where the billionaire businessman continued to criticize rival Ted Cruz. The protesters were seated on Sunday in the balcony of a high school auditorium and had unfurled a banner that read "STOP HATE" at the rally....
  • Cruz Insurgent, Trump Playing for Middle of the Green

    01/24/2016 6:34:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | January 21, 2016 | Scott McConnell
    Is The Donald starting to play it safe in New Hampshire? While New Hampshire polls differ at the margins, they align in one area. All of them put the totals favoring one candidate or another at about 90 percent, with 10 percent undecided. My impression is that this is mistaken. I haven't phoned random samples of 600 voters, but I make an effort to speak to six or eight people at every event I go to, those waiting in line, those sitting or standing near me. And from that (a sample of maybe 50 people so far) I would figure...
  • Iowa Will Be Important

    01/23/2016 4:28:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | January 23, 2016 | James Zogby
    For both Democrats and Republicans, this year's presidential contest is another "Armageddon election," the outcome of which will decide critically important domestic and foreign policy concerns. Despite its significance, we are just days away from the "first in the nation" Iowa caucuses and the direction of this election is still very much "up in the air" and about as confusing as any in recent memory. Iowa, therefore, will be important. On the Republican side, Donald Trump remains atop the field holding a commanding lead. The prospect of a Trump victory is panicking the party's leadership who don't trust his commitment...
  • Vero’s Zorc family campaigns for Cruz in Iowa

    01/23/2016 11:26:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    TC Palm ^ | January 22, 2016 | Melissa E. Holsman
    VERO BEACH -- Des Moines Republicans who vote for Ted Cruz on Feb. 1 might have been encouraged by Vero Beach residents Tim and Laura Zorc to back the Texas senator's presidential bid. The Zorcs, a politically active family who spent a snowy December holiday break bunking with scores of campaign volunteers, can watch the Iowa caucus results knowing their canvassing in the bitter cold helped deliver votes that might win Cruz the state in a razor-sharp primary with GOP rival Donald Trump. "I think we helped inspire and motivate other volunteers and also people who worked on the campaign,"...
  • Marco Rubio Cancels TV-Ads in Iowa, New Hampshire

    01/23/2016 12:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 22, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s campaign has cancelled almost $1 million worth of TV-advertising in the Hawkeye State, just one week prior to the state's first-in-the-nation caucus. Rubio also cancelled around $125,000 in paid advertising in New Hampshire, which votes on February 9th, eight days after Iowa. Rubio has been advertising extensively in both states since December. In Iowa alone, Rubio has already spent around $3 million on paid advertising. He also still has advertising-slots booked in both states, but his campaign's decision to scale back his buys suggests a change in strategy, just as voters are preparing to cast their...
  • Cruz Bets on Tradition to Upend Trump in Iowa

    01/22/2016 6:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | January 22, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    DES MOINES -- Among the hundreds of Ted Cruz volunteers that have cycled through a dorm-like outpost here, a select group proudly calls itself the "2 Percenters." They are fans who remember when Cruz was a decisive underdog against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, polling in single digits before pulling off an upset win in the 2012 U.S. Senate election in Texas. Now they are putting their lives on hold to help his presidential bid in Iowa, where Cruz has slowly risen to the top of the Republican field and emerged as the chief rival of billionaire Donald Trump. For Timothy...
  • Camp Cruz: Volunteers set aside lives in other states to help candidate's Iowa push

    01/22/2016 4:52:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 22, 2016 | Seema Mehta reporting from Des Moines
    Dozens of Ted Cruz supporters gathered in a stairwell of a drab dormitory on a recent subfreezing morning, ready for their marching orders. "What is our purpose today?" bellowed Cruz campaign staffer Ken Brolin, 64. "Find undecided voters!" the volunteers replied in unison, before bundling up in scarves, snow boots and mittens, and marching out into the early morning light, ready to knock on hundreds of Iowans' doors. Welcome to Camp Cruz, the temporary home for an army of volunteers from around the country who have traveled to this snowbound state at their own expense. Their mission: to do all...