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Polls (GOP Club)

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  • 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 · 150 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
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-11-19/carson-wins-on-personality-trump-on-action-in-bloomberg-poll-ih645axj
  • 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...
  • A Breakthrough Night for Ted Cruz

    10/29/2015 12:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PolitickerNJ ^ | October 29, 2015 | Alan Steinberg
    There is no doubt as to who was the gold medal winner of the CNBC GOP presidential debate last night: Ted Cruz. The silver medal winner was Marco Rubio. They both scored major points by blasting the major losers of the night: the outrageously biased panel of moderators of CNBC. These moderators made Rachel Maddow look like the epitome of fairness. Conservatives have for years asserted that mainstream media has a blatant liberal bias. Nothing did more to prove this assertion than the performance last night of the CNBC moderators. Another major loser was John Kasich. His bitterness at his...
  • Tom DeLay: Trump's Done; Carson or Cruz May Nab Nomination

    10/28/2015 6:47:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 28, 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    Donald Trump's shock slide from Republican presidential front-runner to second banana behind Dr. Ben Carson can mean only one thing — the billionaire developer's shot at the GOP nomination is cooked, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax TV. "Trump is on his way out. People have had enough of him, he has no substance, and he's on his way out. That's what I'm seeing," DeLay, a Texas Republican who now hosts a Washington Times radio show, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." But could Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who has never been elected to public...
  • Lindsey Graham Explains Why He’s Still In The Race

    10/28/2015 6:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, Senior Editor
    BOULDER, Colo.– Lindsey Graham 45% may register as little more than a blip in the presidential polls, but he doesn’t sound like a man — or candidate — dejected. On Tuesday night before the third Republican presidential debate, the South Carolina senator participated in an interview with Dana Bash as part of CNN’s “Politics on Tap” series, where he elicited a bundle of laughs from an audience of college Republicans and journalists at a local bar. As he left the event, he spoke with The Daily Caller about the state of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, the Middle East and...
  • Of Course Jeb Bushs Campaign Is Collapsing

    10/28/2015 5:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2015 | Christopher Bedford, Senior Editor
    On Saturday, Jeb Bush complained that he had a lot of really cool things to do other than run for president. He didnt want to sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. Gone, it seems, was the joy in my heart he had planned to campaign on. The next day, he traveled to Texas to assure donors that he was doing just fine. CNN reports that the previous days crowd had been raucous and receptive, but these old family donors have good reason to be worried. Despite their amassing the largest...
  • Rand Paul to Donald Trump: Get out of the race

    10/28/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 28, 2015 | David Weigel
    BOULDER, Colo. -- Taking full advantage of a restive and swollen debate press corps, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held a brief roundtable with supporters at the University of Colorado, then indulged a media question about Donald Trump's sagging poll numbers. "I think maybe he should get out of the race," Paul said. The students, organized by the Ron Paul-founded Young Americans for Liberty, had no horse race questions. Rand Paul, accompanied by his wife, Kelley, sat between a dozen or so libertarians, a wall of cameras, and a few more students listening intently. (Not everyone in the dining yard was...
  • Instead of open thread hows about a new national poll showing Trump leading by 14?

    10/28/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    You can use this as an open thread if you like the debate starts at 6 p.m. ET on CNBC but the thought of Jindal, Graham, Santorum, and smilin George Pataki jawing at each other for another 75 minutes feels less like political entertainment than an especially talky episode of The Walking Dead. This has to be the last undercard debate. Right? While we wait, heres an aperitif for Trump fans: The latest national poll from YouGov has him north of 30 percent, comfortably ahead of Ben Carson....
  • Focus Groups And Instant Polls Won't Tell You Who 'Won' The Debate

    10/28/2015 4:06:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 28, 2015 | Ariel Edwards-Levy and Natalie Jackson
    If youre looking forward to finding out who "won" the GOP debate just minutes or hours after it ends on Wednesday night, you'd probably be better off waiting a few days instead. It's not that there won't be plenty of immediate data to look at, from focus groups and instant polls to social media and web traffic. But as the past few months have shown, none of those are especially reliable guides. A focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz after the first Republican debate in August suggested that voters had soured on Donald Trump -- a prediction not...
  • GOP Establishments Rick Wilson: Donor Class Must Put a Bullet in Donald Trump

    10/28/2015 2:20:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 28, 2015 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday evening, establishment Republican consultant Rick Wilson said the GOP establishment donor class must find a way to put a bullet in GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. In an interview with MSNBCs Chris Hayes, Wilson conceded that Trump is still a very powerful force right now because he appeals to part of the of the conservative base that Wilson said was activated by his nativist message. Wilson insisted that the donor class cant just sit back on the sidelines and say, oh well, dont worry, this will all work itself out. Theyre still going to have to go out and...
  • Bush team 'cringes' as Jeb talks like a loser

    10/27/2015 11:27:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2015 | Byron York
    "I just cringed," said one member of Jeb Bush's extended circle of advisers when asked his reaction to Bush's recent mini-tantrum on the state of the Republican presidential race. "Every politician, at some point, and sometimes justifiably, is pissed off at the voters. But you can't display your frustration with the public." That's what Bush did, thrusting into public view the deep frustration that has been building as his once-mighty campaign slipped behind not only Donald Trump but other GOP rivals as well. "If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't...
  • Romney Strategist At Clinton School: Trump To Drop Out Before Iowa

    10/27/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    KUAR-FM National Public Radio ^ | October 27, 2015 | Steve Brawner
    Donald Trump will lose his zest for campaigning as it gets harder and drop out before Iowa, and Republicans eventually will nominate a presidential candidate who has previously held elective office, a senior strategist for Mitt Romneys 2012 presidential campaign said Monday. Speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service, Stuart Stevens said that running for president is the least enjoyable experience that adults voluntarily enter into. In August, he wrote in The Daily Beast that Trump wouldnt even run in order to avoid being tagged a loser, and he still believes that will happen once running for president stops...
  • Carly Fiorina Fades, As Ted Cruz Climbs In The Chase

    10/26/2015 9:39:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | October 26, 2015 | David Cantanese
    Cruz is now third in Iowa and South Carolina and he has resources for the long haul. Carly Fiorina couldn't capitalize on her scrappy second debate performance while Sen. Ted Cruz looks to be assembling an organization for the long haul. That's why they are trading places in the latest rankings of The Chase U.S. News' snapshot of the 2016 presidential contenders and their shot at their party's nominations. The Texas senator has nudged Fiorina out of the top tier of the GOP primary. He now sits in the No. 4 slot, behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen....