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  • Scott Brown: Mitt Romney thinks Trump will beat Clinton

    05/04/2016 8:55:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Boston Herald Radio ^ | May 4, 2016 | Chris Villani
    Former Bay State Sen. Scott Brown said he’s heard Mitt Romney — the most prominent champion of the “Never Trump” movement — believes the presumptive GOP nominee will beat his likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. “Mitt Romney … I’ve heard from many sources that he has said, indirectly or directly to them … if it’s between Hillary and Trump, Trump wins,” Brown said on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” program. “So we’ll see what they do in the privacy of the voting booth.” Brown was a protege and longtime political ally of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012...
  • Indiana Polls Could Be A Definitive Blow For The Anti-Trump Campaign

    05/03/2016 11:19:52 AM PDT · by scottycraig · 13 replies
    After the primary in Indiana, only nine states will hold delegate contests of the GOP race. A Republican pollster said, “If the anti-Trump effort in Indiana falls short. It will be increasingly difficult for either Senator Cruz or Governor Kasich to make an argument in upcoming primary contests they can stop Trump”. Read the rest of the post
  • Maureen Hayden: Cruz goes for ground game

    05/01/2016 4:18:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Kokomo Tribune ^ | May 1, 2016 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no fluke that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped by Lucchese’s Italian restaurant outside Elkhart on a barnstorming tour of Indiana this past week. The family-owned eatery is a local landmark. Located on a busy county road, it was started more than 30 years ago by a firefighter who'd learned how to cook for his firehouse crew. It's now managed by his son, a Republican county commissioner, and frequented by conservative GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi when she’s in town. Owner Frank Lucchese confessed to being a John Kasich fan in the presidential primary race, but he understood why...
  • Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

    04/26/2016 6:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2016 | Tamara Keith
    If you only considered crowd size at rallies for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, you might wonder how Clinton has won so many big states. Sanders draws massive, enthusiastic crowds, while Clinton's rallies often seem tiny and subdued by comparison. Monday night, the eve of five East Coast primaries taking place today, Sanders spoke to an overflow crowd — 3,200 people in total — at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His audience was more than double the crowd that showed up to hear Hillary Clinton speak at Philadelphia's city hall. On Sunday, 14,000 were there for Sanders in New Haven, Conn....
  • Maddow to Hillary: Will You Try to ‘Lobby’ GOP Voters Who Don’t Like Trump, Cruz?

    04/26/2016 1:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 25, 2016 | Josh Feldman
    During their MSNBC town hall tonight, Rachel Maddow asked Hillary Clinton about the quasi-endorsement she got from Charles Koch, who basically said she might be better than whoever the Republicans pick. Maddow brought up how a lot of Republicans who––like Koch––would find either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump to be “unacceptable,” and asked Clinton, “Do you have a plan to basically try to lobby for Republican votes?” They shared a laugh over the chaos in the Republican party right now before Clinton dismissively said she’ll let the GOP fight things out first. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Also, Clinton made it clear again that...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump Losing Unbound Delegate Race to Ted Cruz

    04/24/2016 7:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    The group could be pivotal Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a clear early lead in the Republican race for unbound delegates who can vote their personal preference on the first ballot at the Cleveland convention, according to a TIME survey, presenting an obstacle for frontrunner Donald Trump if he falls just short of the 1,237 bound delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Of the 63 unbound delegates who have already been named, 26 have told TIME or other news outlets that they are either committed to support Cruz, lean towards supporting Cruz or refuse to support Trump on the first...
  • 'Never Trump' groups collide with Kasich, Cruz

    04/23/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | April 23, 2016 | Jonathan Easley and Jonathan Swan
    The anti-Trump movement is at odds with Ted Cruz and John Kasich over how to stop Donald Trump. 
 In interviews and strategy memos, operatives aligned with the anti-Trump movement have outlined a roadmap for how to block Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

 But Cruz and Kasich – both of whom have been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright — are carrying on with no regard for the anti-Trump movement’s proposed pathway to a contested convention.

 The differences have stirred tensions between Republicans who share the same goal of stopping Trump, but can’t...
  • Pro-Ted Cruz groups have 10 times as much campaign cash as pro-John Kasich groups

    04/23/2016 7:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | April 21, 2016 | Chrissie Thompson, Deirdre Shesgreen and Jeremy Fugleberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/20/pro-kasich-super-pacs-low-cash-after-primary-heavy-march/83284622/
  • US election: Credentials Committee could play hardball against Trump 'breaking rules'

    04/23/2016 3:50:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Ausgtralian Broadcasting Company ^ | April 23, 2016 | Michael Vincent
    Imagine this: Republican presidential candidate runner Donald Trump wins 1,250 delegates, but far from waltzing into the nomination, he is undone. Key points: •'Whoever chairs Credentials Committee better bring Tylenol', Donald Trump warns •It is made up of two national delegates from each state and territory, and District of Columbia •Political correspondent Tim Alberta says 'anything could pass' It is entirely possible that some of those delegates get blocked from entering the convention even before it begins. It would mean he would not get the nomination outright. To get into the convention you need credentials. "There is going to be...
  • HUGE: Ted Cruz Earns FOUR Critical California Endorsements!

    04/22/2016 5:50:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 22, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    Today the Cruz campaign announced the endorsements of former Chairmen of the California Republican Party John S. Herrington and Tirso del Junco. They join former CRP Chairmen Ron Nehring and Michael Schroeder on the Cruz team From the campaign statement: “As a member of President Reagan’s cabinet, I’ve seen first-hand how a great leader can change the course of our nation. Ted Cruz is the proven conservative leader our country needs to lead us to prosperity once again,” said Herrington. John S. Herrington served as President Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1981-83, Deputy Assistant for Presidential Personnel from...
  • New York never mattered, Ted Cruz won the Presidency

    04/22/2016 2:32:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    Red State ^ | April 20, 2016 | Michael Harrington
    The math is certain, it's time to move on to fighting Hillary. The current real numbers are just fine, Trump was expected to win New York, optimistic news I had received not with standing. Yes Trump got 90 delegates. Yes he did well. Yes Kasich got 5 delegates, his first in how long? Yes yes and yes. And No I am not even bothered. Real Numbers: Cruz 696 Delegates to Trumps 815 Delegates. Whats left now? California 172 Indiana 57 New Jersey 51 Washington 44 Maryland 38 Nebraska 36 West Virginia 34 South Dakota 29 Connecticut 28 Oregon 28 Montana...
  • No, Trump Isn’t on Cruz Control Yet

    04/20/2016 11:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | April 20, 2016 | Keith Koffler
    Donald Trump no doubt had a big win in New York. He’s on track to claim nearly all of the state’s 98 delegates in a victory that saw him not only smash the 50 percent mark – which allowed him to gain extra delegates – but win nearly every region of the state. But according to the widely respected Nate Silver, writing for his political website, FiveThirtyEight, Trump is still also on track to come up short at the convention. The main question is, will he get close enough to required 1,237 that he can maneuver his way over the...
  • MALARIA JACK ELLIS RIDES AGAIN! A SEQUEL YOU HAVE TO READ TO BELIEVE!

    04/20/2016 9:44:59 PM PDT · by Yogi60
    The 11th Hour ^ | 4/19/2016 | Bill Knowles
    I cannot believe I have to update “The Return of Malaria Jack” again. When I originally wrote this column in 2010 I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare that 6420 lost and misguided souls would have actually cast a ballot for our former mayor Jack Ellis in the primary election on July 19, 2010. (There were 2 additional voters I did count on, Jack and his wife. Ellis actually received 6422 votes.) Back in September, 2010 when I wrote this I felt a sickness coming on. I had been getting headaches, chills, and muscle pain, the sweats, along...
  • Why Cruz Is Going All-In on Indiana

    04/20/2016 2:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz’s team knew that Donald Trump would run away with his native New York Tuesday. And they expect he’ll win the lion’s share of delegates at stake next week when a slate of northeastern states votes. So they’ve spent the last two weeks looking ahead, quietly laying the groundwork for a kitchen-sink campaign in a state they can’t afford to let Trump win: Indiana. The Hoosier State doesn’t vote until May 3, and Cruz certainly isn’t ignoring the contests in between. He spent time this week in both Maryland and Pennsylvania, the two states his campaign is confident will...
  • CNN Hosts Nail Trump's Iowa Co-Chair To Wall For Accusing Cruz Camp Of Bribery (VIDEO)

    04/20/2016 12:13:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | April 19, 2016 | Katherine Krueger
    Republican Donald Trump’s top staffer in Iowa accused rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign Tuesday of blatantly bribing delegates but backpedaled on the accusations when pressed for specifics. Asked on CNN whether the Cruz campaign has proved better at “gathering” delegates so far in the race, Tana Goertz, Iowa co-chair for the Trump campaign, responded they haven’t been ethically collecting delegates at all. “Oh, no, no, no, not gathering delegates, stealing, lying, and bribing people to become delegates. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear,” Goertz, a former contest on “The Apprentice,” responded with a smile. But when CNN hosts John...
  • Cruz-ing For a Vote (Free Republic referenced)

    04/19/2016 7:26:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New University ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jessica Resendez
    As an undecided democratic Latina who had recently attended a Bernie Sanders rally last month, I couldn’t help but be curious to see what Ted Cruz had to say during his recent visits to Irvine and San Diego last Monday. I really didn’t know much about him, but perhaps he might be able to offer a different perspective on the future of America – something that could benefit me and the rest of my UCI peers to give him some consideration. As a last minute decision to attend the rally, I missed his appearance at the Irvine Hotel and opted...
  • Cruz supporters dominate at district convention in Newnan, around state (Georgia)

    04/19/2016 6:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sarah Fay Campbell
    Conventions were held in every Georgia Congressional district last week to choose 42 of the state’s 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Each district choses three delegates. In the Third District, which includes Coweta, Trump won overwhelmingly in the Presidential Preference Primary. He also overwhelmingly won Georgia. But Saturday, Ted Cruz supporters overwhelmingly were named delegates at conventions around the state. Though many of the delegates chosen Saturday are supporters of Cruz, they still have to vote for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on the first ballot. Under Republican party rules, the delegates are free to vote...
  • We did the math. Cruz was smart to campaign in a Bronx district with almost no Republican voters.

    04/19/2016 6:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | April 19, 2016 | Tobias Konitzer and David Rothschild
    When Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Bronx to campaign in the run-up to the New York primary, ridicule was not far away. After all, what is a Republican candidate doing in the staunchly Democratic, minority-majority northern part of New York City? What is he doing in New York State at all, when Donald Trump is nearly certain to carry the most votes and, according to market-based forecasts, has an 85 percent chance to win more than 50 percent of the vote? Why would Ted Cruz campaign in the Bronx? For someone like Cruz to campaign exactly...
  • The Power of Work; Ted Cruz’s Story

    04/19/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | April 19, 2016 | Daniel Kushner
    “Cruz was the earliest to organize here and unquestionably had the deepest connections on the ground. His top local organizer, Bette Grande, has been supporting him for months, dating back to when Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, came to her house last September during a North Dakota campaign swing.” How do you not love this? Literally eight months ago, he was already having his father campaign in North Dakota. And not just doing events, but going to the house of top local organizers in, again, not Iowa, not New Hampshire, not South Carolina, but North Dakota. And it’s not like Ted...
  • New York Primary: Donald Trump Eager to End Ted Cruz's Winning Streak

    04/19/2016 3:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Benjy Sarlin
    Donald Trump's final push for the GOP nomination starts Tuesday in New York, where the front-runner is heavily favored over rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The burning question is not whether Trump wins New York — if he doesn't, it will be among the biggest polling surprises ever — but whether Cruz and Kasich can pick up enough delegates to derail his nomination before July's convention in Cleveland. Since Trump's last victory in Arizona's March 22 primary, Cruz has won a competitive race in Wisconsin, as well as a series of sweeping victories in North Dakota,...
  • Turnout 'way more than usual for a primary' poll worker says (With video) [New York]

    04/19/2016 2:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The White Plains Journal News | April 19, 2016 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/19/new-york-primary-polls/83199858/
  • Ted Cruz’s, John Kasich’s, and Donald Trump’s post-Tuesday schedules.

    04/19/2016 1:25:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | April 19, 2016 | Moe Lane
    Because, letÂ’s face it: tonightÂ’s New York results on the GOP side are baked into the cake. The possibility of Donald Trump not winning the NY primary are so low that if it somehow does happen the guy might as well just quit now. But letÂ’s be realistic: TrumpÂ’s gonna win that primary. Probably get above 50%, at least statewide. Might sweep, although I wouldnÂ’t bet money on either outcome. So letÂ’s get on with what goes on afterwards. The candidatesÂ’ immediate schedules: â—ľTed Cruz: It looks like Ted Cruz is splitting attention, kind of: heÂ’s starting up in Philadelphia...
  • Ted Cruz continues work to lock down Washington State.

    04/18/2016 3:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2016 | Moe Lane
    To refresh your memory: Washington State has 44 delegates, winner-take-most (majority takes all) proportional primary (20% threshold), with statewide and CD delegates. Closed primary (deadline to switch is next week; deadline for first-time voters is next month), but it’s all mail-in. …And, just think! Five months ago, I would have had to write another three or four sentences to explain all of that. Now I can just assume that most of you folks will be able to follow along. It’s an ill wind, huh? Anyway, it turns out that Ted Cruz has already done the work – before the deadline...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Getting to know Ted Cruz is learning to like him even more

    04/18/2016 12:46:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    It’s safe to say each of the CNN Town Halls this week painted the remaining Republican presidential candidates in a positive light and that’s a good thing for those of us who see the number one priority as the need to defeat Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders) in November. Instead of #NeverTrump, we were reminded that #NeverHillary is a much more important objective than the need to settle scores, even if there’s good reason to carry grudges in the first place. Ted CruzAnd while it’s somewhat likely the Republican candidates’ favorability ratings could get a boost courtesy of CNN’s idea...
  • Ted Cruz supporters dominate NC’s GOP delegate selection so far

    04/17/2016 11:03:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | April 16, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump won North Carolina’s Republican primary last month, but many of the state’s GOP convention delegates elected so far prefer the second-place candidate: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That could spell trouble for Trump if he doesn’t arrive at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July with the 1,237 delegates required to win on the first ballot. For the first round of voting, North Carolina’s delegate count must proportionately match the state’s March 15 primary results: 29 votes for Trump, 27 for Cruz, nine for John Kasich, six for Marco Rubio and one for Ben Carson. Any delegate who...
  • Trump to Nevada delegates: I'll pay your travel, hotel costs

    04/17/2016 5:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Donald Trump's campaign is going all out to win delegates in Nevada, offering to cover transportation and lodging costs for Nevada supporters who travel to Reno in mid May to participate in delegate elections. Trump's Nevada activities contradict his claim that he has deliberately declined to invest resources in the election of delegates to the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland because the process is "corrupt." "With overwhelming success throughout each county, we're in a strong position going into the state convention being held in Reno on May 14th and 15th," Charles Munoz, Trump's Nevada state director, wrote in an email...
  • Pollster McLaughlin: Trump in 'Big Trouble' if He Loses First Ballot

    04/17/2016 1:14:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 17, 2016 | Cathy Burke
    Donald Trump could be in "big trouble" if he doesn't cinch the GOP presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party's convention in July, GOP pollster John McLaughlin said Sunday. In a "Cats Roundtable" radio interview with businessman and former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis in New York, McLaughlin said the front-runner "should win this on a first ballot." The remarks begin at about the 42:37-minute mark. "If he doesn’t, he’s in big trouble, because he’s been out-organized” by the campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, McLaughlin said. “You’ve got the Cruz campaign putting in people that may be...
  • Mark Shields: Could a Donald Trump-Ted Cruz Alliance Be in the Cards?

    04/16/2016 6:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | April 16, 2016 | Mark Shields
    In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has won a significant national following with his repeated pledge, as a shrewd negotiator, “to beat China, Japan and Mexico at trade.” Trump offers a simple explanation for the problem: “Their leaders are much smarter than our leaders.” But they’re not smarter than the no-nonsense negotiator Trump: “I beat China all the time.” If that is true, then why has candidate Trump been so publicly and griping about his campaign’s having been cheated...
  • A big day for Cruz in Virginia’s 10th District

    04/16/2016 5:48:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Loudoun Times-Mirror ^ | April 16, 2016 | Staff
    Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republicans today nominated their three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention in July, and all three main delegates are backers of Sen. Ted Cruz (R). State Sen. Dick Black, Mick Staton (Black's son-in-law) and Beau Correll were elected as delegates, while two supporters of front-runner Donald Trump – former Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and past 10th District chairman Howie Lind – were elected as alternates. Blaine Dunn, a Cruz supporter, was selected as the third alternate. Trump narrowly won March's GOP Primary in the commonwealth -- although Sen. Marco Rubio comfortably took...
  • Clift: Cruz ‘Makes Trump Look Like a Raving Liberal,’ ‘Most Dems’ Would Prefer Trump Over Cruz

    04/16/2016 1:25:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift argued that Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal” and “most Democrats would look at the two of them, and would prefer Trump over Cruz” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”Clift said, “We’ve paid so little attention to what Cruz actually stands for, and when — the attention I’ve paid is — I get pretty scared, actually. He makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal, actually.” When asked who should we would vote for between the two candidates if she had to pick, Clift responded that...
  • I'm Not Saying There's No Political Solution; I'm Saying Pick Up the Owner's Manual for Politics...

    04/15/2016 11:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have a guy on here from Southampton, New York, named Bill. Greetings, Bill. Great to have you. What is the point that you wanted to make here? You've been holding on for quite a while now. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. My conclusion is that if Donald Trump is denied the nomination -- and in line with everything that you've just been saying -- that the big lesson for all of us is that there is no political solution available for our grievances to be addressed in America today. RUSH: I did not say that. See, that's......
  • Ryan Is Right: No White Knights Should Apply

    04/15/2016 10:08:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 15, 2016 | Newt Gingrich and Ben Domenech
    As the Republican presidential race has narrowed to a contest between two candidates the Republican elites despise, each one with a razor-thin path to the nomination, the conversation among party figures in Washington has rapidly shifted from the desperate to the absurd. They talk of an “open convention” in Cleveland, where party leaders could parachute in a third, more favored candidate and render the entire GOP primary process null and void. House Speaker Paul Ryan, one focus of such talk, ruled himself out at a press conference on Tuesday. “I do not want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination,”...
  • Trump’s Seeming Incomprehension Of State Primaries Is A Big Red Flag

    04/15/2016 6:22:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Brent Smith
    Why are the Trumpists so angry at Cruz? In fact, doesn’t it seem like they are always angry at something or someone? It’s true. It’s either “lyin’ Ted,” the Washington insiders, the press, which is bit surprising considering how much free air time he is given, or whatever. It almost appears Svengali Trump has figured out that he must continually invent new villains to keep his followers amped up. This reminds me a bit of the leaders of the hard left, who must keep some form of “The Man” in perpetuity, holding down the oppressed democrat faithful, who are then...
  • Trump prepared to cede Wyoming delegate contest

    04/15/2016 2:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    The Record ^ | April 15, 2016 | Ben Neary, The Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Donald Trump's presidential campaign has all but thrown in the towel in Wyoming ahead of Saturday's Republican convention. The billionaire businessman's campaign made a conscious decision not to commit resources to Wyoming, according to Alan Cobb, a senior Trump adviser. Trump picked only up a single delegate in last month's Wyoming county conventions while Cruz scored nine. There are 14 more delegates at stake at this weekend's state convention. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the convention site in Casper, Wyoming, Cobb said Friday that he expects Trump's rival Ted Cruz to sweep...
  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 2:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The April 25, 2016 Issue | Jay Cost
    After Ted Cruz won every delegate up for grabs at the Colorado Republican convention, Donald Trump began complaining that the process at such conventions is unfair. His claim is that party insiders should not be making these choices, but rather that the power should be vested with the voters. As a consequence, Cruz is “stealing" delegates from Trump, and in so doing defying the will of the voters. Trump's accusations are specious and disingenuous. The process that has been playing out is perfectly legitimate. Trump's real problem is that he is being outhustled by the Cruz campaign. The Republican nomination...
  • Tennessee Republicans distrust party direction

    04/15/2016 4:50:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    Columbis Daily Herald ^ | April 14, 2016 | SAVANNA WALKER
    Local politicians and activists are apprehensive about the upcoming Republican convention in July. “The fight I hope to lead once we get to Cleveland is that the rules that we started with are the rules that we end with,” former State Rep. Joe Carr, a delegate for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said. Carr was a Newt Gingrich delegate in 2012, when the RNC changed the requirements for winning the nomination. Prior to 2012, a nominee was required to have won a majority of delegates from at least five states to be on the ballot at the convention. Then, the GOP...
  • Trump Wuz Robbed

    04/15/2016 12:43:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | April 14, 2016 | Rich Lowry
    Give Donald Trump credit for planning ahead. He is preparing to be a sore loser. Trump’s complaints that he is being undone by a rigged system crafted by a corrupt Republican Party is the dress rehearsal for his campaign’s closing argument should it come up short in Cleveland. Trump will, in his telling, have been stabbed in the back by insiders and be fully justified in wreaking a terrible revenge on the party that he briefly sought to lead. Facts and logic don’t particularly matter to Trump or his mouthpieces, yet the “rigged” charge is absurd even by the standards...
  • Here’s Why Trump’s Convention Manager is Wrong About April Delegate Projections

    04/14/2016 7:09:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | April 13, 2016 | Robert Eno
    * Trump convention manager Paul Manafort told Sean Hannity that Cruz will “probably finish third in delegates in April.” But… Cruz has already won 88 of the 107 delegates awarded in the month. * There is no way Kasich can catch Cruz.* Finally, even giving Trump 81 out of 95 delegates in New York, there is a strong likelihood Cruz may still finish first in delegates for the month. Trump convention manager Paul Manafort’s delegate skills may be a little rusty. He claimed on Hannity last night that Ted Cruz will “probably finish third in delegates in April.” An absurd...
  • Ted Cruz Could Be President—No, Seriously

    04/13/2016 10:10:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 13, 2016 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s a well known story: When Ted Cruz went to work for the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 2000, he had a lot going for him. He was in his 20s, a Texan, and smart, boasting a Harvard Law degree and a Supreme Court clerkship. It didn’t hurt to be young Hispanic man in a campaign looking for Latino votes. But Cruz was so self-aggrandizing and irksome that he managed to annoy folks at the headquarters in Austin so much that he never won a coveted slot at the White House. When Bush took office, Cruz was relegated to...
  • Why I'm rooting for a Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders general election

    04/13/2016 7:31:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Week ^ | April 13, 2016 | James Poulos
    A boy can dream. And I'm dreaming of a Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders matchup in November. I know, I know. It's unlikely. But it's not impossible. And it's the anticlimax American needs to regain a little perspective. Let's agree at the outset that I'm not just hallucinating here. As formidable as Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's leads may be, there is evidence that both their campaigns could be tipping toward a late-stage collapse. Sanders is behind, but he's on a major winning streak, taking eight of the last nine contests. Neither New York nor California is in the bag for Clinton....
  • A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary

    04/13/2016 7:11:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 13, 2016 | Nate Silver
    It could all come down to 53 micro-primaries in California. Three weeks ago, when we last took a detailed look at Donald Trump’s quest to win 1,237 delegates, his path looked rocky but endurable. The panel of eight experts FiveThirtyEight assembled projected Trump to wind up with 1,208 by the time California and four other states finished counting their votes on June 7, a number that would leave him tantalizingly close to clinching the Republican presidential nomination — probably close enough that he’d be able to get over the hump by persuading some uncommitted delegates to come his way before...
  • Oregon Pro-Life Group Endorses Ted Cruz: “His Record on Pro-Life Issues is Impeccable”

    04/13/2016 6:01:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Life News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The leading pro-life group in Oregon today issued its endorsement for pro-life Republican candidate Ted Cruz for President. Oregon Right to Life says Cruz has a sterling pro-life record that it described as “impeccable.” “ORTL PAC is pleased to endorse Senator Cruz,” said Gayle Atteberry, executive director of ORTL. “His record on pro-life issues is impeccable. We can trust that as president, he will do all he can to protect unborn babies. That includes the all-important decisions he would make in nominating new Supreme Court justices. “Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” said Atteberry, “support abortion on demand, from conception...
  • E pluribus Cruz

    04/13/2016 3:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 12, 2016 | Noemie Emery
    "We're winning because we're uniting the Republican Party," Ted Cruz said in his victory speech after Wisconsin. He reached out not just to his own party but beyond it, quoting John Kennedy on the lighting of candles, and welcoming old foes and RINOs of many years standing happily into the fold. Proudly, he spoke of leading a coalition of which Jeb Bush was a member, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, who at one point joked about having him murdered. But bygones were bygones and this was a moment about hope and unity: "We've got the full spectrum of the Republican...
  • Ted Cruz's long-term delegate strategy is paying off

    04/13/2016 1:59:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    USA Today | April 13, 2016 | David Jackson
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/13/ted-cruz-donald-trump-delegates-republican-convention/82973810/
  • Colorado GOP chairman considers bringing sheriff to convention over Trump supporter threats

    04/13/2016 1:31:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 13, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party has gotten such a violent reaction to the results of his state’s caucus last weekend that he says he is considering bringing a local sheriff as one of his guests to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer. “I’ve made the decision that I would not take my wife along. I am certainly at the very least going to use my personal guest pass to bring along a Republican sheriff," Steve House told POLITICO in an interview. “People might think that’s crazy, but not after what we’re growing through right now.” What...
  • What happens if there’s no clear GOP nominee

    04/12/2016 11:21:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | April 12, 2016
    JUDY WOODRUFF: And we begin with politics tonight. As we just heard, the race for the White House is partly a battle for delegates, and neither party has a candidate with enough delegates yet to clinch the nomination. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are within a few hundred pledged delegates of one another. But add in superdelegates, and she has a commanding lead. For Republicans, Donald Trump leads the delegate count, with Ted Cruz a few hundred behind, and John Kasich well back. The GOP still has contests too come in 16 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and California....
  • Cruz Country: who are Ted Cruz's supporters in New York?

    04/12/2016 10:03:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 12, 2016 | Edward Helmore in Melville, Long Island
    Ted Cruz may never have stood much of a chance against Donald Trump in next week’s Republican primary, but his derisive comment about his opponent’s “New York values” – first made in January with an eye on voters in Iowa and New Hampshire – may have helped his rival seal the deal. Trump currently stands at 55% in the polls in New York, according to Real Clear Politics’ polling average, with Cruz on 18% and Ohio governor John Kasich ahead of him on 20%. But the conservative Texas senator does have some supporters prepared to come out and back him...
  • Opinion: It may be time to consider Ted Cruz the Republican front-runner

    04/12/2016 8:02:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 12, 2016 | Steve Goldstein
    On the surface, things are looking pretty good for Donald Trump’s efforts to capture the Republican nomination. He’s received more votes, and has more pledged delegates, than any other candidate. After Missouri certified its race on Tuesday, Trump’s delegate lead was 755 to 545 over Sen. Ted Cruz, with 1,237 needed to win the nomination. Trump is about to overwhelmingly capture his home state of New York, and is poised to do nearly as well in Pennsylvania. And Trump has the full backing of some crucial parts of conservative media, notably The Drudge Report. And yet there’s an increasing desperation...
  • Trump amassing delegates who might not be loyal to him

    04/12/2016 7:16:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | April 12, 2016 | Thomas Beaumont and Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press
    Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states to lock up delegates who would stay loyal beyond the first ballot. Trump’s shortcomings in this behind-the-scenes campaign, which hasn’t played much of a role in selecting the GOP nominee in decades, could doom his presidential candidacy if he is unable to win the nomination in the initial voting at this summer’s national convention in Cleveland...
  • Colorado Delegate Reveals Trump Campaign’s ‘Frustrating’ Treatment of Supporters and Delegates

    04/12/2016 6:02:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | April 11, 2016 | Virginia Kruta
    The delegate selection process in Colorado turned out to be something of a disaster for the Trump campaign. And according to witnesses, it’s the way that Trump staffers treat potential delegates — and even supporters — that could end up costing the businessman in a big way. Despite new leadership in Paul Manafort, several precincts noted that Trump delegates were left off the ballots. Investigation revealed that those who were left off the ballots had failed to pay the requisite fees, but that was not before Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the process: (TWEETS-AT-LINK) In order to get...