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Polls (GOP Club)

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  • Why pundits (still) don't expect Trump to win GOP nomination

    10/03/2015 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 3, 2015 | Lucy Schouten
    Many people didn't think Donald Trump would get this far. A lot of people are saying he won't go any further. Mr. Trump still holds the lead in most polls, but someone with more traditionally recognized political acumen will win the Republican nomination, say pundits. "Businessman Donald Trump may be leading in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination, but bettors say someone else will be nominated next year," wrote Washington correspondent Jonathan Salant for NJ Advance Media. Mr. Salant was referring to British bookmakers. Thus far, the race has been dominated by "outsiders," as both the Republican and Democratic...
  • Jeb! at 4%: Will he drop out?

    10/03/2015 6:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ryan Girdusky
    A new poll by Pew Research released Friday shows that former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush (R) may be going the way of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). The polling report found that Bush’s support among Republican primary voters has withered to a mere 4 percent. To make matter worse, among the majority of likely GOP voters who consider themselves conservatives, only 2 percent said they would vote for Bush. Bush fatigue is largely due to the massive change in what the electorate is looking for in a president. A majority of Republican voters...
  • Polling Convergence – OAN/GRAVIS and Reuters Show Donald Trump Surging With 34 – 35% Support…

    10/03/2015 5:58:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 2, 2015 | Sundance
    Reuters Trend Polling and OAN/Gravis Polling have each announced and updated Presidential Polling for the GOP race 2016. The results are exceptionally similar. Both polling outcomes reflect Donald Trump with a massive lead amid the rest of the field. Gravis Polling has Trump with 35% support. Reuters shows an almost identical 34% outcome. The downstream alignments with the remainder of the field are also very similar. Here’s the OAN/Gravis result: […] Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted the random survey of 2,665 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Rand Paul not bothered by comment on presidential race

    10/03/2015 12:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TV Newsroom ^ | October 3, 2015
    Another Paul aide told BuzzFeed News that the campaign had made a few new hires in the past two weeks. The campaign insists there will be no shakeups or changes in strategy, that Paul will continue his campaign schedule in the early states and regions off the beaten track, and that it has enough resources to carry the candidate through at least the first four primaries. Now, Paul is bidding for ownership of a niche, and for a long primary where his libertarian base returns to grind out caucus wins. Despite the glimmers of hope, one adviser to the campaign...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: October Results

    10/03/2015 11:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 3, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    For the sixth time in a row, Hot Air’s first choice winner for President is Ted Cruz, with 34.9% of the vote. He’s followed by Carly Fiorina (21.6%), Marco Rubio (18.3%), Donald Trump (16%) and — at a surprising distance — Ben Carson (3.1%.) Rubio and Fiorina have basically doubled their take from the last vote, while Carson’s vote was cut in half. Trump lost a few points; Cruz remained steady. Over 2800 votes were cast.I think it’s notable that the survey was dominated by six candidates: Cruz, Fiorina, Rubio, Trump, Carson and Bobby Jindal. I’ve color coded the candidates...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Trump still leads as Rubio and Fiorina rise

    10/02/2015 9:58:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    You.Gov ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kathy Frankovic
    Donald Trump again leads the Republican primary field – but his lead has dwindled since before the second debate, while Marco Rubio has seen a significant boost in support.Although businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP field when it comes to presidential preference of those registered voters who think of themselves as Republican, he is by no means the best-liked contender for Republicans for those potential voters. At least five other candidates in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are seen more favorably by Republicans than Trump. Trump’s lead has somewhat diminished in recent weeks, though he remains in first place...
  • Donald Trump's Silent Minority

    10/02/2015 8:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 2, 2015 | David A. Graham
    He’s identified a bloc of culturally conservative voters who are to the left of the Republican Party on economics. But is it enough to win the nomination? A new Pew poll on the Republican race says several useful things about Donald Trump. For example: He’s still solidly ahead of the field in the race for the Republican nomination. The poll has Trump at 25 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 16, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina at 8, and Ted Cruz at 6. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, has taken a beating—sliding out of the top five, only a bit ahead of...
  • The Edge: Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Cruz win the week

    10/02/2015 7:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz gained ground on the competition in this week’s installment of The Edge, a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics Company that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media to gauge positive and negative attention for the 2016 candidates. Last week saw interest in all of the candidates muted by blowout coverage of the papal visit, and this week everyone except eighth-place Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a lift. Candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all rebounded...
  • Paul insists he’s staying in despite fundraising drop to $2.5M last quarter

    10/02/2015 5:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For how long, though? The Paul campaign was supposed to energize younger voters with more libertarian leanings, and provide Rand Paul with his father’s constituency married to a higher level of respectability. So far, though, the results in terms of fundraising have been disappointing. Over the last three months, Team Paul only collected $2.5 million — less than one million dollars a month, far behind Paul’s competitors, and a decline of almost two-thirds from the previous quarter. Even so, the Kentucky Senator insists he’s staying in the race, and that his prospects have improved of late: Rand Paul raised just...
  • Trump Dominates One America News Network's National Poll: Clinton has Commanding National Lead

    10/02/2015 1:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Stephanie Gonzalez
    One America News Network, "OAN", a credible source for 24/7 national and international news, released its most recent 2016 National Presidential Poll conducted on September 30th through October 1st. Donald Trump is continuing to be triumphant as the GOP front-runner with a dominating 34.7 percent. Dr. Ben Carson comes in second at 17.2 percent, trailing behind the New York real-estate mogul with just under half of Trump's success. Senator Marco Rubio has a boost in the polling with 10.8 percent, making it into the top three. Trump, Carson and Rubio account for 62.7 percent of the tabulated votes. Businesswoman, Carly...
  • The collapse of Rand Paul and the libertarian moment that never was

    10/02/2015 1:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jerry Taylor
    The libertarian moment in American politics—foretold just last year in the New York Times magazine—is like the horizon; always retreating as we advance upon it. The political events of 2015 are a brutal reminder about how far this country is from embracing libertarianism and how alien those ideas are even to the purported shock troops of the freedom movement. While libertarianism’s opponents can take heart, its champions are setting their cause back by pretending that all is well. The collapse of the Rand Paul campaign speaks volumes. In a 15-person field, Paul is the only candidate who looks even remotely...
  • Republican Power Rankings – Election 2016

    10/02/2015 7:05:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/02/2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Republican Power Rankings – Election 2016 OCTOBER 2, 2015 – The Republican Candidates Power Rankings are back! Thanks again to ESPN, the NFL and the NBA for the inspiration. You will notice some of the lead players in this second round are trending upwards although their ranking has fallen. Inconsistency? Maybe, but the truth is that numbers 2, 3 and 4 all had good weeks. It was hard to choose between them. Number 1 — El Trumpo — was not so hot. But am I predicting him to fall? That’s a fool’s game… until it happens. (NOTE: This will...
  • Donald Trump: 'If I tank,' I'll drop out

    10/01/2015 7:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Donald Trump says he's no "masochist" -- so if one day he finds himself plummeting in the polls, he'd drop out of the Republican presidential race. Right now there's no reason to go anywhere: The real estate mogul has consistently led national GOP polls for months. But in an interview with CNBC's John Harwood, he said he'd drop out of the 2016 campaign if he found himself alongside Republican contenders who are struggling to get off the ground. "Well, I'm not a masochist," Trump said. "Right now I'm leading every poll, and in most cases big. That's good. If that...
  • Trump Explains What Would Get Him Out of the Presidential Race

    10/01/2015 6:49:02 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 50 replies ^ | 10-1-2015 2 hours ago | Eric Pianin
    “I’m not a masochist,” Trump said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood. “Right now, I’m leading every poll, in most cases big. . . If that changed, if I was like some of these people at 1 percent or 2 percent, there’s no reason to move forward . . . If I tank, sure, I go back to business. Why wouldn’t I?” For now, Trump sees nothing but blue skies. He continues to draw large crowds with his bombastic, anti-immigrant rhetoric and promises to renew America’s greatness. Campaign funding is no problem for the deep-pocketed real estate magnate who...
  • Cruz strategy paying off?

    10/01/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 1, 2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s friendly approach to mogul Donald Trump might be paying off in Texas. A poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Texas Lyceum showed that Trump leads the Republican field in Texas, but Cruz is close behind and is the second choice for more than a third of Trump’s supporters. Cruz could be expected to have a strong swath of support among Republicans in his home state. But his strategy with regard to Trump may have kept Cruz from alienating a bigger share of businessman’s backers. Trump, as he has led in polls, has been...
  • 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,, 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,...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

    09/30/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate. The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination. To quality for the undercard debate, candidates must pull in at least 1 percent support in any of...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Is Rand Paul on his way out?

    09/30/2015 5:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Richard A. Viguerie's ConservativeHQ ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    Donald Trump boasted several times that the amazing ratings both Fox News and CNN enjoyed while hosting the first two Republican presidential debates is primarily due to his presence in them, and after seeing the viewership numbers from The Donald’s appearance on 60 Minutes the other night, he might be right. Kipp Jones of Breitbart reports. “Trump’s Sunday evening interview with 60 Minutes, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also interviewed by Charlie Rose, brought in big ratings for CBS, which finished Rand Paul only behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football.” “…Scott Pelley’s sit-down with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump brought...
  • Trump wins Polk County Republican straw poll held at fair

    09/30/2015 3:45:53 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Standard Journal ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:00 pm | Staff Reports
    If the election were held today in Polk County – and say only a bit more than 100 people voted in it – Donald Trump might be strutting his way into the White House. In a straw poll conducted by the Polk County Republican Party during the fair last week, some 111 people expressed who they thought might be the best person to lead the country. Trump, who remains in the lead in the national polls, picked up 37 votes from attendees at the fairgrounds over the week. Tied for second place are surgeon Dr. Ben Carson and Florida senator...
  • Why Is Trump’s Brutal Style So Effective?

    09/30/2015 2:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 30, 2015 | Marla Goodman and Richard Sousa
    Twitter feuds, hero bashing, insulting not one but two ethnic groups, ad hominem personal attacks on opponents, nose-to-nose confrontations, just one scandal after another—these aren’t from episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians—they’re from the “Trump Saga.” At the outset of the campaign, Trump insulted anyone and everyone: from calling undocumented immigrants “killers” and “rapists” to insulting venerated war hero John McCain. He then moved on to TV host Megyn Kelly, radio host Erick Erickson, Univision reporter Jorge Ramos, the pope, Carly Fiorina and the Fox News Channel. Democrats and Republicans alike didn’t take Trump too seriously when he entered...
  • Lame: Next Republican debate will also feature an “undercard” debate for low-polling candidates

    09/30/2015 2:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    By October 28th, we’ll be four full months into Trumpmania and will have shed, at a minimum, two of the most successful Republican governors in America from the field. Let’s either do one big debate with all the candidates left or face the hard reality that we’re never going to have a President Pataki or President Graham by culling the asterisk candidates. Another undercard debate isn’t going to help anyone who didn’t make it out of the first two. In fact, didn’t Chuck Todd say just a few days ago that NBC felt no pressure to feature 10 or 11...
  • Donald Trump still has a huge lead over his Republican rivals

    09/30/2015 11:28:02 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 15 replies ^ | 1 hour ago | Brett LoGiurato
    Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks at an event sponsored by the Greater Charleston Business Alliance and the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump retains a significant lead over his Republican rivals, according to a new poll from Suffolk University and USA Today. About 23.5% of likely Republican voters in the poll said they prefer Trump as the Republican Party's nominee. Trump leads retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who each received about 13% support. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), at 9%, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), at 8%,...
  • Young: ‘Thirders’ have taken over GOP

    09/29/2015 10:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 30, 2015 | John Young
    A lot of Republicans are hoping Donald Trump will go away, and here’s why he won’t: The Thirders aren’t going away, either. Understand, the Thirders aren’t a lot of us — just a third — but being the life force of the Republican Party, they are enough to run it. That’s a takeaway from the announced retirement of Speaker John Boehner. He is conceding the House to the forces of GOP wackery. We used to know the Thirders as Birthers, but we’ve come to see that they have, um, diversified. The term “Thirders” is my own. It came from polls...
  • Panic in Bushworld: Rubio now most likely GOP nominee in predictions market

    09/29/2015 7:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    The funniest part of this story isnÂ’t that theyÂ’re obsessing over an online predictions website. The funniest part is that JebÂ’s standing in that market really might be the best argument they have left to donors to stay aboard while this ship drifts aimlessly towards Iowa and New Hampshire. If PredictIt is for Jeb, who can be against him? Except PredictIt isnÂ’t for Jeb anymore. For the past week, Jeb BushÂ’s campaign advisers have been using a new data point to convince nervous donors that heÂ’s still the candidate to beat: BushÂ’s lead in the political prediction markets. Just one...
  • Trump tweets prediction Paul will drop out - Paul: I'll outlast 'clown' Trump

    09/29/2015 1:38:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    KRCR-TV ^ | September 29, 2015 | Daniella Diaz, CNN
    Just a day after Rand Paul said he'd outlast "clown" Donald Trump, the real estate mogul is firing back, using his favorite way to attack his fellow GOP candidates: Twitter. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, "Prediction: Rand Paul has been driven out of the race by my statements about him-- he will announce soon. 1%!" He tweeted again, "I hope when Rand Paul gets out of the race---he is at 1%--his supporters come over to me. I will do a much better job for them." Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that it's "silly season anytime Donald Trump opens his...
  • Ted Cruz’s Strategic Shift

    09/28/2015 5:34:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Texas Monthly's Burka Blog ^ | September 28, 2015 | Erica Grieder
    Donald Trump remains the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, though support for the toxic carnie has softened in the wake of his lackluster performance at the second debate on September 16th. Concurrently, two other candidates have broken through the crowded primary field; former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, boosted by her conversely strong performance at the Reagan Presidential library, is now polling in the double digits, and pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who emerged as a sort of temperate alternative to the squalling Trump, remains in second place in the most recent round of national polls. Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted...
  • Fiorina is CNN-created flavor of the week

    09/27/2015 11:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain. Last week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from 3 percent weeks earlier. Meantime, the previously unassailable front-runner, Donald Trump, is suddenly hemorrhaging support, falling to 24 percent from 32 percent, while Ben Carson has dropped to 14 percent from 19 percent. Then there's Scott Walker, who just two months ago was the front-runner in Iowa, then saw his support vanish. He has now dropped out. This dizzying reshuffle of...
  • Local straw poll leans toward Cruz, Fiorina (Texas)

    09/27/2015 11:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill Country Community Journal of Kerrville ^ | September 28, 2015 | Bonnie Arnold
    Amy Eldred, program chair and first vice president of RWKC, led a local caucus or straw poll about the Republican candidates for the 2016 Presidential election, after displaying a poster of all 15 of them so luncheon attendees would remember who they all are. Unofficial selections favored Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina as Republican nominee. The Republican Women of Kerr County and their and guests held a luncheon meeting last Friday, expecting a visiting guest speaker from the Republican Party of Texas, and instead got to hold their own local caucus or straw poll about the 2016 Presidential election. When...
  • The Latest Poll Results

    09/27/2015 9:33:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | September 28, 2015 | Burt Prelutsky
    I would like to thank all of you who took part in my recent poll. The question was which three Republican candidates you liked best and which you disliked the most. Although there were many more men than women who took part, there wasn’t much of a gender divide when it came to those you preferred and those who would force you to hold your nose in the voting booth when casting your vote against Hillary, Joe or Bernie, in 2016. Although there is no exact way to measure the difference in enthusiasm between a first place vote and a...
  • Ranking the top 10 GOP candidates for president

    09/27/2015 8:12:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | September 27, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The last time I ranked the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, I had Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the third-best bet to be the GOP standard bearer. That was Aug. 2. On Sept. 21, Walker dropped out of the race, registering as a literal asterisk in his final poll as a candidate. The rise and fall of Walker — he was an official candidate for only 70 days — is evidence of the massive fluidity in the race; GOP voters are still looking around, jumping on some candidates . . . only to...
  • Bill Clinton believes Donald Trump could win GOP nomination

    09/27/2015 2:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | September 27, 2015 | Dylan Stableford, Senior editor
    “He’s a master brander,” Clinton says of Trump. “He’s got a lot of pizzazz and zip.” (CNN) Former President Bill Clinton believes his wife, Hillary Clinton, will win the Democratic presidential nomination — and that Donald Trump could ultimately be her opponent in 2016. “He’s a master brander,” Bill Clinton said during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Friday. “And when you’ve got a lot of people running, and people are trying, you’ve got to make distinctions. Being able to put a personal stamp on it so people identify who you are certainly counts for something, at least in the...
  • How the 'summer of Trump' impacts the 2016 money race

    09/27/2015 1:41:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 27, 2015 | John King, Chief National Correspondent
    )—The fallout from House Speaker John Boehner's abrupt resignation, the impact of the summer fund-raising challenge on the 2016 field and Donald Trump's big week ahead -- those stories filled our Sunday trip around the "Inside Politics" table. 1. Frantic fund-raising as the quarter ends Presidential campaigns are required at this point to report quarterly fund-raising numbers -- and the year's third quarter ends on Wednesday, the final day of September. The three-month period includes July and August, traditionally the toughest months to raise money. And CNN's Jeff Zeleny pointed out all the campaigns are in a frantic push to...
  • Donald Trump's front-runner status has virtually evaporated

    09/27/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3 hours ago 09-27-15 | Maxwell Tani
    A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows Carson with 20% support among Republican primary voters nationally, just 1 point below Trump. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) tied for third in the poll, both grabbing 11%, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) support sunk to 7%.
  • Post debate, Cruz is in good shape

    09/26/2015 10:58:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 27, 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 Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas). 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...
  • Ted Cruz's Best Weekend Ever

    09/26/2015 9:38:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Slate ^ | September 26, 2015 | Beth Ethier
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored a runaway victory in the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, grabbing 35 percent of the vote among attendees at one of the country's highest-profile conservative gatherings, where no fewer than eight GOP presidential hopefuls came to court the crowd. Cruz had nearly double the support of the second-place finisher, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and seven times the votes for Donald Trump, who was audibly booed during his Values Voter speech but still leads the Republican field among likely primary voters who are outside of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington...
  • Ted Cruz Wins, Donald Trump Flops In Latest Presidential Straw Poll For Republican Contenders

    09/26/2015 9:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Could the Donald be falling? Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top in the latest presidential straw poll, garnering 35 percent of the approximately 1,200 votes from the Values Voter Summit in Washington Saturday, NBC News reports. That’s the third year in a row Cruz has won the support from the forum. The affair comes amid some shakeup for the Republican party in the past week, with House Speaker John Boehner announcing his departure and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been criticized for not taking stronger conservative stances, ending his bid for the presidency. Social conservatives are further...
  • Ben Carson Survey/Your Predictions.Does It Look Like Carson Will/Should Be On The Ticket?

    09/26/2015 8:41:45 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 67 replies
    Over the last few weeks, we can assume this has been on the minds of conservatives, some feel he should be Vice-President while others would rather see him as President. Trump still is ahead of Carson, but Carson may eventually creep up on Trump. But for now, at this stage of the race, what is your crystal ball telling you?
  • Hillary Clinton suffers huge drop in support among US Dems, particularly white

    09/26/2015 7:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Herald Current ^ | September 26, 2015 | Charles Ross
    A Quinnipiac University Poll released last week shows Bernie Sanders with the support of 41-percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers. In addition, the poll shows Clinton virtually neck-and-neck with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a hypothetical match-up. Forty-six percent (46%) of all voters – and 24% of Democrats – think Clinton should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of the private e-mail server are resolved. Sanders vowed to reverse that trend if he becomes the Democratic standard-bearer and gets other candidates to ride his coattails. She’s now polling...
  • One wing of the Republican Party is pushing for a Ted Cruz-Ben Carson ticket

    09/26/2015 7:27:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 26, 2015 | Reuters Washington Newsroom Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Socially conservative Republicans gathered in Washington this week have their eye on Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the party's presidential nod and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the Republican vice presidential nominee. Family Research Council Action, a Christian lobbying group, said on Saturday that more attendees polled at the Values Voter Summit said Cruz, a leader with the Republican's Tea Party wing, should be the party's presidential nominee for the November 2016 election. Cruz, who also won the group's so-called "straw poll" the previous two years, took 35 percent of the support among the nearly 2,700...
  • The conservative poll Donald Trump could not win

    09/26/2015 3:15:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 26, 2015 | Reena Flores
    The results are in at the Values Voter Summit -- and, for once, Donald Trump fails to top a conservative poll. The straw poll at the summit, a conservative gathering hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., showed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning over voters, leading the pack for the third year in a row. Cruz, with 35 percent of support, was followed by neurosurgeon-turned-politician Ben Carson, with 18 percent of the vote. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third, drawing 14 percent of supporters, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Registering at fifth...
  • If Republicans nominate a strong conservative, it could hurt them on Election Day. A lot.

    09/25/2015 2:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | September 25, 2015 | Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt
    In June 2014, Senator Ted Cruz told The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin this: It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always ‘Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats. That’s been true for my entire lifetime. The chattering classes have consistently said, ‘You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats.’ And, I would note, every time Republicans do that we lose. Cruz went on: And what does the entire D.C. Republican consulting class say? ‘In 2016, we need another establishment moderate!’ Hasn’t worked...
  • GOP insiders: Jindal and Pataki quit next; Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict.

    09/25/2015 3:32:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 25, 2015 | Katie Glueck and Kristen Hayford
    Bobby Jindal and George Pataki are the next two quitters in the Republican field. That’s the assessment of Republicans in the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire. A quarter of Iowa Republicans say it’s Jindal, a frequent visitor to their state, who is on his way out. "He's become desperate," an Iowa Republican said. "He's taken to attacking Trump (we know how that worked out for Perry and Walker) and has nothing going on here in Iowa." Added another, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order...
  • New Hampshire Primary Source: Who’s the next presidential candidate to exit the stage?

    09/24/2015 11:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | September 24, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —New Hampshire Primary Source covers breaking and behind-the-scenes news and analysis on the New Hampshire presidential primary and all things political in the Granite State. John DiStaso is the most experienced political writer in New Hampshire and has been writing a weekly column since 1982.WHO’S NEXT? The first two casualties of the 2016 presidential campaign were predictable. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began with high expectations, especially Walker. Walker was viewed as a conservative champion following his battles against public employee labor unions and his ability to get elected twice and survive a...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Trump says he's the rare Republican who can woo black voters

    09/24/2015 4:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | September 23, 2015 | Harriet McLeod
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been criticized by his rivals over his comments about minority groups, said on Wednesday he is the rare Republican who could win a sizable portion of the black vote. Trump, the Republican front-runner, spoke in South Carolina at a meeting of the Greater Charleston Business Alliance, which supports minority businesses and is affiliated with the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. He cited a recent poll from the firm SurveyUSA that showed him getting support from 25 percent of black respondents in a match-up against Democratic front-runner...
  • Poll: Which U.S. presidential candidate do you support? Make your voice heard

    09/24/2015 1:38:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Mereja ^ | September 21, 2015
    This poll is being reset and posted again after fixing a minor technical glitch. I am the official pollster of this forum and this is my second survey. Please vote and make your voice heard. Today's question is: Which candidate do you prefer to be President of the United States? Please explain why after you vote. Thank you
  • Why Republicans are starting to panic, in 1 paragraph

    09/23/2015 7:06:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | September 23, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Summer is over. And Donald Trump is -- still -- at the top of the 2016 Republican primary field. That makes lots and lots of Republicans with an eye on winning the White House in 2016 (or even 2020) very, very nervous. That unease -- and its origins -- are explained brilliantly in this paragraph, taken from a broader piece entitled "The GOP is Killing Itself," by former Bush administration official Pete Wehner: The message being sent to voters is this: The Republican Party is led by people who are profoundly uncomfortable with the changing (and inevitable) demographic nature of...