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Polls (GOP Club)

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  • The Rise of Cruz in Iowa Explained

    11/27/2015 10:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Virginia Right ^ | November 25, 2015 | Steven Brodie Tucker
    In the most recent Quinnipiac Iowa poll, Senator Ted Cruz surprised analysts by coming in second to Donald Trump with 23% of likely caucus goers support. The ascendancy of Cruz in Iowa can be contributed to two primary factors. First, that Rubio and Carson supporters are not securely in the tent for those candidates. Secondly, the terror attacks in Paris and the return of foreign policy to the forefront of the campaign. Ted Cruz, having refused to attack his fellow candidates, has not angered those who currently have different favorites, nor has he done anything to hurt anyone’s favorite candidate...
  • Insiders: Trump’s grip on Iowa is tenuous

    11/27/2015 5:03:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 27, 2015 | Steven Shepard
    POLITICO Caucus shows Cruz gaining ground and Clinton pushing Sanders aside in the early voting states. After months of waiting for Donald Trump’s decline, Republican insiders now concede the poll leader could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly poll of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. For this Thanksgiving holiday week, POLITICO analyzed seven months-worth of responses to our weekly benchmark question: Who would win your state if the voting were today?...
  • Ted Cruz’s Surge in Polls Angers Rubio Supporters

    11/26/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    He has been called a “Whacko Bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other establishment Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He has been called an “extremist” and a Tea Party Republican that likes to hang out on the far right fringe of the GOP. Detractors, especially those who support his amigo in the Senate, Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , make fun of his voice and appearance, as well as how he delivers his message. Haters from the Rubio camp and those Democratic Party talking points-spewing armchair quarterbacks, who think they can accurately foretell the future when it comes to...
  • At Trump's presidential rallies, a combustible mix of glee, fear

    11/26/2015 8:55:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2015 | Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Allen
    "We're not gonna take it anymore," a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers. The billionaire real-estate developer's packed rallies have been among the liveliest events in the long build-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. But they are increasingly becoming known for their undercurrent of aggression, which escalated into a physical altercation over the weekend when white Trump supporters attacked a black protester at his rally, to the candidate's approval. Out in...
  • Markay Discusses GOP Field on Fox Business

    11/25/2015 9:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2015 | Staff
    Washington Free Beacon reporter Lachlan Markay discussed the Republican presidential field on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. Markay predicted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will become the establishment favorite for the nomination, ousting erstwhile favorite Gov. Jeb Bush. Transcript below: LOU DOBBS: Joining us now, Lachlan Markay, author, columnist, Fox News contributor Jedediah Bila. We’ll start Jedediah with you, looks like Cruz is making a strong move, still well behind in the national polls to front-runner Donald Trump, but making a big move in Iowa. JEDEDIAH BILA: Yes, and we predicted this right here on the show. We talk...
  • The GOP Is Finally Emerging From Trump Denialism: But is it too late?

    11/25/2015 7:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brian Beutler, senior editor
    The contours of the outsider-as-favorite Republican primary began to take shape this summer, when the candidates without establishment support, led by Donald Trump, consolidated half of the vote in national polls. The news for GOP elites has grown consistently worse since then. And only now, as those contours stretch far enough to squeeze the establishment entirely out of contention, are the party faithful emerging from their state of Trump denial. They’re beginning to reckon publicly with the calamity of this campaign, and are grasping to reassert control over the process. The only questions now are whether they’re too late, and...
  • Brent Budowsky: Clinton gives thanks for Trump

    11/25/2015 7:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brent Budowsky
    As Thanksgiving arrives and America enters the holiday season in earnest, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are giving thanks for the ultimate gift to the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections: the chaos caused throughout the GOP by the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump! While the Clintons stand for the ability to govern the nation with high stature leadership and to create millions of jobs and enhance America’s role in the world, the GOP is being torn to shreds by a candidate who berates his Republican opponents on a daily basis and divides the...
  • Ted Cruz will be the GOP presidential nominee (or so goes today's story line): Ted Cruz in the news

    11/25/2015 10:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief
    Today's Ted Cruz news: It's official: With his rise in Iowa, Ted Cruz -- in a statistical tie with Donald Trump in the Hawkeye state -- is the man of the hour, the likely Republican nominee for president. So goes today's story line. If you like Cruz, the conservative Texas U.S. senator's ascension will be pleasing, although the manner in which he is described won't. If you dislike him, you'll cheer the way he is described. And just to spoil the party a wee bit, we'll add a historical note: At this point in the 2012 GOP race, Newt Gingrich...
  • Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win

    11/25/2015 9:18:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Vox ^ | November 25, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable." At some point, Abramowitz argued, pundits need to admit that Trump has a good chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. But that remains a minority viewpoint. Nate Silver, for instance, published a piece arguing that analysts extrapolating forward from Trump's current (and impressively durable) poll lead are likely to be disappointed. So I called Abramowitz and asked him to walk me through his argument in more detail...
  • Is Ted Cruz the Candidate Who Can Beat Donald Trump?

    11/25/2015 8:48:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Margaret Hartmann
    Though Donald Trump has been the front-runner in the GOP presidential race for months now, many political analysts still refuse to accept that he could be the party's nominee. They cope by latching on to other candidates who appear to be surging in the polls, and theorizing about how they could eventually topple the reality-show character holding the GOP hostage. After Scott Walker dropped out of the race, it was Marco Rubio's turn to be the savvy pick for front-runner. Then pundits had to consider the troubling possibility that they'd shake Trump, but get left with Ben Carson. Rubio is...
  • Ted Cruz’s ‘Donnie Jr.’ Strategy

    11/25/2015 8:36:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    By running as a more palatable version of Trump, Cruz is now in a good position to win the GOP nomination. If you’re a liberal, this news should make you very excited. Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. It’s Trump 25, and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State. This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this...
  • Ted Cruz could actually be the Republican nominee for president

    11/24/2015 1:55:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Momentum in primary campaigns is a mysterious thing: impossible to manufacture, easily squandered, and often misidentified. But there’s little doubt that at the moment, with two months before the Iowa caucuses — a period that will fly right by, I promise you — Ted Cruz has it. In that critical first contest, Cruz has leaped toward the front in two new polls: he’s essentially tied with Donald Trump in the latest Quinnipiac poll (Trump has 25 percent, Cruz has 23), and in a CBS poll released yesterday he’s in second place. If voters are ending their fascination with Ben Carson,...
  • Ted Cruz becomes GOP frontrunner in Iowa despite never leading polls

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

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

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

    11/23/2015 8:10:46 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 33 replies
    Anyone agree that the pollsters should start taking polls with a GOP Ticket VS Hillary. And do all three scenarios. Trump/Cruz, and Rubio and Carson. Odds are that any combination should give Trump and anyone an easy 10 point lead over Hillary. But the one we most want to see is a Trump/Cruz ticket VS Hillary. You all agree we could see another shellacking?
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

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

    11/23/2015 7:08:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 23, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—For months, Ted Cruz wore a cloak in the Republican race, organizing pastors on the ground here and raising serious cash, but somehow avoiding detection or tangling with other candidates. That's over. The Texas firebrand is now squarely in the crosshairs, dealing daily with attacks from Republicans and Democrats in a way that he shied from for much of the race. And he's punching back....
  • This is why we must fear Trump: He makes the insane Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look sensible

    11/23/2015 6:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 23, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's racism is bad for Republicans now, but the eventual wild-eyed nominee will only look moderate in comparison.Since the Donald Trump campaign kicked off with demagoguery about Mexican immigration, political watchers have been on quiet but alert fascism watch, carefully monitoring Trump to see if he steps over the line. You can feel in your bones that Trump and his supporters long for to give into the sweet oblivion of balls-out racism, rather than dealing with the tedious process of carefully measuring the lines so you can toe them without stepping so far over that liberal journalists are freed up...
  • Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls

    11/23/2015 5:47:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 23, 2015 | Nate Silver
    Lately, pundits and punters seem bullish on Donald Trump, whose chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination recently inched above 20 percent for the first time at the betting market Betfair. Perhaps the conventional wisdom assumes that the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris will play into Trump’s hands, or that Republicans really might be in disarray. If so, I can see where the case for Trump is coming from, although I’d still say a 20 percent chance is substantially too high. Quite often, however, the Trump’s-really-got-a-chance! case is rooted almost entirely in polls. If nothing Trump has said...
  • Free Republic Straw Poll (November edition)

    11/22/2015 4:54:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    FreeRepublic | November 22, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

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

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

    11/21/2015 10:28:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 21, 2015 | James Pindell
    For Republicans fearful of Donald Trump becoming their party’s presidential nominee, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters offers a three-word solution: Willard Mitt Romney. If the former Massachusetts governor were added to the mix of the 14 other Republican candidates running in the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters would, if the election were held now, give him a 2-to-1 win over Trump, the leader of the field. Romney, who said as recently as last week that he is not interested in running, did not file for the New Hampshire primary...
  • Iowa Conservatives Abandoning Carson for Cruz

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

    11/20/2015 4:20:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 19, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    BEDFORD, N.H. — "When you get to the serious part of this," Jeb Bush says, standing in the home of a supporter, surrounded by Republican voters, "I think you're looking at the guy who's gonna be the nominee." It's understated, but that's Bush's proposed path to victory in a nutshell. Jeb's line Wednesday night echoed the argument his supporters made to me around the state: Republican voters tend to nominate the establishment guy — the boring, staid, responsible grown-up. This explains George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Jeb Bush seems to fit...
  • Yes, Donald Trump could absolutely be the Republican nominee in 2016

    11/19/2015 10:20:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    It has become damn close to religion in Washington to assume that Donald Trump will, at some point not too far from now, flame out of the presidential race -- that he will start losing altitude in polls, get sick of the whole thing and return to the safe sinecure of Trump Inc. The problem with that conceit is this: It's wrong. Matt Dowd, a top adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, nailed that fact in a tweet this morning...
  • Carson Wins on Personality, Trump on Terror in Bloomberg Poll

    11/19/2015 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 19, 2015 | John McCormick
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  • Donald Trump fuels support by riding Third Rail, invading ‘safe space’

    11/18/2015 6:59:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    If you are still confused about how Donald Trump is walking away with the Republican nomination for president, look no further than his swift, reflexive, fearless and unvarnished response to the terrorist attack in Paris...
  • Jeb Bush tells closed-door fundraiser that by next GOP debate, ‘Trump will be in decline’

    11/16/2015 11:47:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 16, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Monday night that GOP front-runner Donald Trump "will be in decline" the next time they meet for a debate in mid-December. Speaking at a closed-door fundraiser in Dallas, Bush also accused some Republican presidential contenders of being "in the witness protection program" when it comes to immigration reform, because they have backed off their previous positions on the issue. He suggested that revamping American immigration laws might help avoid the kind of terrorist attacks that struck Paris last week. Bush spoke at the Dallas home of Amy and Malone Mitchell, who are members of...
  • “Nightmare” scenario of non-establishment GOP candidate looms large

    11/16/2015 4:10:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    With the Thanksgiving break and the holiday season almost upon us (and the attendant lack of movement in election news which usually attends this period) I’m noticing some serious panic beginning to set in among fans of politics as usual. A pair of articles popped up this week which seem to encapsulate the fatigue inside the Republican establishment and the likely misplaced glee on the part of Democrats. The formerly hypothetical question of could one of these crazy people really win the nomination is beginning to solidify into, okay… so what do we do now? (continued)
  • Analysis Ted Cruz: From fringe to presidential material, thanks in part to Donald Trump

    11/16/2015 1:35:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    When Sen. Ted Cruz jumped into the Republican presidential primary, he was largely dismissed as an attention-grabbing agitator with a knack for firing up conservatives, whose long-shot campaign was destined to remain on the fringes. But as the GOP contest winnows into a defining struggle between the party’s establishment and conservative factions, the ostrich-boot wearing Texan suddenly looks like the hard-right candidate best positioned to go the distance, perhaps even squaring off for the nomination. Cruz's rise is partly the result of methodical campaign planning, but also sheer luck....
  • Cruz Makes Play for Florida

    11/14/2015 9:11:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KTRH-AM ^ | November 14, 2015 | The Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Texas Senator Ted Cruz has come into the home state of two rivals and made a case to win its Republican presidential primary. Cruz received a more enthusiastic reception than Sen. Marco Rubio during the Florida Republican Party's presidential summit....
  • So Will "Former Secretary Of State",Hillary Clinton Speak Of The Paris Horror Anytime Soon?

    11/14/2015 11:34:14 AM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    Then again, will any Liberal Leader comment on what happened last night? Being Hillary is running for President, you would at least expect her to say something! Or will this be like Benghazi when Hillary pretty much kept quiet until she had to face congress and blame a video. You think Hillary might blame a video again being to some extent, the formation of ISIS happened under her watch?
  • If this Romney 2016 thing happens, I’m going to be blamed, aren’t I?

    11/13/2015 11:11:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    It occurred to me last night, as random strangers were tweeting this story at me, that I’ll be expected to commit ritual seppuku if Romney somehow ends up jumping into this clusterfark. Even though I have no influence over anyone, I took the joke too far. I planted the seed. And I watered it with the tears of thousands of bored readers who sat through post after post about it. All I want is a trial. I admit guilt. I just want to contest the sentence. The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus...
  • Are Republicans Drafting Mitt Romney? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    11/12/2015 10:52:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Heavy ^ | November 13, 2015 | Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    Rumors are starting to fly that Republican elites are considering adding Mitt Romney to the Republican primary in a last-minute attempt to destabilize the popularity of non-traditional candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, The Washington Post reported. But this seems to be mostly rumor and speculation from his friends, since Romney himself has said he won’t run again and no one has gone on record yet with specific plans to draft him. What’s really going on? Here’s what you need to know....
  • Cruz in good position, local GOP head says (Iowa)

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

    11/12/2015 9:18:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 12, 2015 | Kevin Drum
    I'm not even sure what this means, but it's a slow news day and I figure a colorful chart might brighten things up. Everyone loves colorful charts, don't they? Anyway, a team of wonks from the Monkey Cage has put together a measure of Twitter activity during the Republican debate on Tuesday. Unfortunately, their software chose three shades of teal for three of the candidates, and I sure hope I got them right when I labeled the lines. Ted Cruz was apparently the most talked about by a large margin. This might be due solely to the fact that he...
  • Lindsey Graham: Cruz Could Take GOP Nomination If Carson Dropped Out

    11/10/2015 3:10:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 10, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham told Newsmax TV Tuesday that rival Ted Cruz was "well positioned" to eventually win the nomination if Ben Carson dropped out of the race. "If something happened to Carson, some of the voters would go to Cruz," the South Carolina senator told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview. "At the end of the day, you've got four or five people who would be really good candidates. "I include myself in that list, but how do you beat Hillary Clinton? You have to get more votes than she does."(continued)
  • Rand Paul: 'I still am' the political world's most interesting man

    11/09/2015 12:33:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 9, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    In 2014, Time magazine called Rand Paul “the most interesting man in politics”. One year later, Republican voters do not seem to agree. While Donald Trump hosts Saturday Night Live and Ben Carson’s autobiography is parsed with Talmudic scrutiny, Paul, suffering from anemic poll numbers, only just escaped being bounced from Tuesday’s primetime Republican debate in Milwaukee. He is undeterred. Asked by the Guardian at a recent campaign stop if he was still the most interesting man in politics, the Kentucky senator said: “I still am. I still am.” For many Republican primary voters, the question is whether the unassuming...
  • Days before next debate, Cruz surges while Bush slips

    11/07/2015 1:38:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | November 7, 2015 | Jason Whitely
    Days away from the next Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz is performing at his strongest since May while Jeb Bush continues to slip in polls. "I think Ted Cruz is in a very good position to win the nomination. There's no doubt about it," said Allen West, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank. Cruz has the highest poll numbers he has seen in six months. Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the leaders by a double-digit margin. But Cruz is surging, in fourth place behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio. In a taping...
  • Ted Cruz Has a Chance to Win. Here’s the Path.

    11/06/2015 4:40:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | November 4, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    When Ted Cruz announced his run for the presidency, the big question was whether he had only a small chance to win or no chance at all. Since then, a lot has gone right for him. Mr. Cruz still does not enjoy an easy road to the Republican nomination, not by any means. But it is a testament to just how strange this year has been that a candidate like him, who is despised by many of his own Republican colleagues in the Senate, now has a plausible path to the Republican nomination. Some of his opportunity is the result...
  • Ben Carson Popularity Among Whites.Chris Matthews "Has Some Esplaining To Do" !!!

    11/06/2015 3:54:42 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    And to think that over the last eight or so years, the basis of Chris Matthews show was to make whites look like racists. And plenty of footage to prove it. But now, how will Chris Matthews explain the immense popularity of Ben Carson with millions and millions "Average White Americans". If there is a cable news host who would be at the top of the "Most Embarrassed List", it would be Chrissy for 7/8 years of trying to convince his audience of 42,000 viewers that all conservatives are racists and hate black people, right?
  • A Ben Carson implosion isn't good news for Republican elites. It's good news for Trump.

    11/06/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Vox ^ | November 6, 2015 | Dylan Matthews
    Due to the catastrophizing tendencies of political journalism, the revelation that Ben Carson has been lying about getting into West Point for 25 years has prompted rampant speculation about what happens if his campaign collapses and he drops out. Multiple commentators suggested that Ted Cruz, who, like Carson, is trying to court evangelical voters, has the most to gain...
  • WATCH: Hillary Supporters Tell PJM Why She’s Their Pick

    11/06/2015 4:15:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-5-2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Attendees of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally in Alexandria said the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of private email has not changed their opinion of the former secretary of State. "Yes, I still support Hillary. I believe the inquiry has been just a way to lower her polls and so, yes, I definitely still support Hillary," a Democratic voter told PJ Media at the rally. "I still support her in spite of the investigation. I expect some mistakes were made and maybe some people somewhere could have been more truthful about some of the events, but there's...
  • James Carville to Republicans: Rubio’s your only hope and you know it

    11/05/2015 9:13:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP, choose one: (a) “It’s a trap!” or (b) “They’ll tell you who they fear.” Actually, no, “they’ll tell you who they fear” is something righties say when Democrats are attacking a Republican, not praising him. They’ll tell you who they fear by how eager they are to tear that Republican down instead of building him up. Although … Democrats have been taking plenty of shots at Rubio lately, including the queen bee herself, so I dunno. Maybe he is the guy they fear. He’s the guy whom Bill Clinton fears, if you believe Ed Klein. Carville’s goofy, though,...
  • Should Ben Carson Win, Will The Argument Over The First Black President Be Over?

    11/04/2015 2:29:21 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 25 replies
    If we have a President Carson, guess Bill Clinton will have to step aside being he is currently the "Undisputed First Black President". And then again we still have Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln in the running. You can already envision this argument come later in 2017 when the GOP will hold the bragging rights to "The First Black President". Dr. Ben Abraham Carson !!!
  • Debates Put Ted Cruz in the Top Tier

    11/04/2015 8:44:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | November 3, 2015 | Reid Wilson
    During his long-shot bid for a U.S. Senate seat, Ted Cruz captured the affections of conservatives through his unmatched ability to reach a right-leaning audience. His presence on stage catapulted a novice politician above several more seasoned candidates. Now, four years later, Cruz’s skills on the debate stage have vaulted him into the top tier of the Republican presidential nominating contest. After scoring the single biggest applause line of the evening at last week’s debate on CNBC — blasting the moderators while repeating their assaults on his fellow candidates — new surveys show Cruz’s support ballooning, and his popularity surging....
  • 2016 Presidential Polls: Cruz on the Rise While Trump, Carson Deadlocked in Latest NBC Nat'l Poll

    11/01/2015 8:04:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Latin Post ^ | November 1, 2015 | Glenn Minnis
    Donald Trump and Ben Carson are deadlocked in the latest Republican 2016 presidential poll, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz now vaulting into double digit support and third-place overall. Rubio, Bush and Fiorina Perhaps even more encouraging for Cruz, among all GOP voters who watched the last debate he registers 17 percent of the vote, compared to 25 and 24 percent for Trump and Carson respectively. Overall, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio places fourth at nine percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (five percent) and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (four percent). Trump vs. Carson A deeper dive into the...
  • Trump, Carson or Cruz?

    10/30/2015 3:29:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 255 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | October 30, 2015 | Bill White
    I have a weird proposition for you today. Consider this Halloween-related. If you had to choose between Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz as the next president, which one would you pick and why? If you're a very conservative Republican, this may not be such a daunting prospect. If you're a moderate of either party or someone on the farther left, you're more likely to be appalled. But in the wake of a debate in which Cruz emerged as an increasingly popular candidate in the crowded GOP field, and in which Trump and Carson remain the front-runners, I think...