Polls (GOP Club)

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  • Bill DeBlasio. Another Inexperienced Democrat Elected For Sole Reason Of A "D" Next To His Name.

    12/24/2014 6:56:49 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 15 replies
    You could make quite a lengthy list of Democrats and Liberals who were primarily elected because there was a "D" next to their name. Pretty much what we have seen in the last two presidential elections. He may as well join the club that elected Maxine Waters, Al Green & Alan Grayson. Is it safe to assume that over half of Manhattan are not exactly educated? And to think half of them were going to vote for Anthony Weiner? And we thought California was one of the dumbest states in the nation when it came to electing their leaders!
  • Don’t Take Ben Carson Seriously (Except In Iowa — Maybe)

    12/24/2014 10:37:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | December 24, 2014 | Harry Enten
    “Who is Ben Carson? Where did he come from?” asked CNN’s Jake Tapper after a CNN poll revealed that Carson, a political novice, was running second to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Carson has also placed second in other national polls, second in Iowa surveys and in the high single digits in New Hampshire. So just how seriously should we take Carson’s potential bid for the White House? Seriously enough. He could make some noise, particularly in Iowa. But not seriously enough to believe that he has any real shot of winning...
  • The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

    12/17/2014 4:44:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Clement
    Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party's standard-bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush's recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention. In fact, the GOP field is more scattered at this stage in GOP primaries since at least 1987, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The table below looks back at early Post-ABC surveys in the past five open Republican primary contests. A few findings help give a sense of just...
  • Another Obstacle For Jeb Bush.Lacking Of An Alluring Charisma.

    12/14/2014 6:53:28 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 30 replies
    And who hasn't seen Jeb Bush over the last few months speaking to the media on either his views on current events or a possible run for President? He just comes off as rather dull. And a candidate's charisma/personality is generally the first aspect we look for in choosing a candidate. Jeb Bush would be the Vanilla Candidate if he chooses to run. We have not had a very entertaining President since Bill Clinton. And we also have not had anyone that would compare to Reagan as well.This time around we definitely have several candidates with intriguing personalities and would...
  • Columnist: attacks on guns and God, not racism, to blame for the demise of the Southern Democrat

    12/12/2014 7:11:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charleston City Paper's Haire Of The Dog Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Chris Haire
    In Timothy Carney's Dec. 9 article, the Washington Examiner senior political columnist makes the case that the conventional wisdom is wrong when it comes to why white Southerners have fled the Democratic Party. It's not because of the GOP's very successful Southern Strategy, which played up the racial fears and prejudices of white Southerners in response to an increasingly empowered black population. For Carney, the South no longer has a white Democrat in the U.S. Senate for two reasons and two reasons alone: the Democratic Party is hostile to guns and God, two things that every Southerner hold dear. Carney...
  • Clinton Will Need to Win Over the Black Voters That Landrieu Couldn't

    12/08/2014 3:29:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 7, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    The likely Democratic presidential nominee needs to duplicate, or at least come close to duplicating, Obama's performance among African-Americans. It's a tall task. Mary Landrieu lost her runoff race Saturday because President Obama isn't well-liked, national Democrats abandoned her, and, statewide, Louisiana pretty much only elects Republicans. But Democrats and their likely presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, might squirm the most over her defeat for a different reason: The longtime senator couldn't get enough support from African-Americans. Like Landrieu, Clinton (or whoever becomes the party's standard-bearer) will try to win over black voters at the same rate Obama did in both...
  • Rand Paul wins AL.com's presidential poll and now, he's coming to Alabama: Today's political update

    12/04/2014 2:33:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 4, 2014 | Leada Gore
    Alabama Republicans will host Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at its winter dinner on Feb. 20. If a new AL.com poll is any indication, he will get more than a warm welcome. A recent AL.com poll puts Paul ahead of nine other leading contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. Paul garnered 43 percent of the vote, followed by Ted Cruz at 31 percent and Dr. Ben Carson at 14 percent. Of course, the poll is not scientific. And it's interesting to note the poll was shared widely among Paul supporters, showing up on sites such as dailypaul.com. Paul, a favorite among...
  • POLL: Who is Your First Choice for the 2016 GOP Nominee?

    12/03/2014 5:53:58 PM PST · by Windflier · 128 replies
    Patriot Action Network's Patriot Caucus is hosting a final 2014 poll to gauge the views of our members when it comes to 2016. We know it's early, but truth is some of these campaigns will likely begin kicking into gear the first quarter of 2015. With this in mind, please consider selecting your first pick for 2016 ....
  • 2016 Is No Democratic Slam Dunk

    12/01/2014 4:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 1, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    Majorities disapprove of Obama’s immigration move and still see Democrats as being against them. And most Democrats still don’t get it.The Democrats’ upstairs-downstairs coalition is fraying. Just ask Sen. Chuck Schumer; he’ll tell you. Last week, Schumer announced that the Democrats had lost touch with Middle America, and that Barack Obama’s agenda was out of sync with middle-class needs and expectations. For Schumer—the third-ranking Senate Democrat and his caucus’s chief message-crafter—to go on the record like that, things must really be bad. Apparently, 2016 is not shaping up as a Democratic slam dunk. At the moment, the public’s discontent is...
  • ICYMI: Quinnipiac poll of 2016: Jeb Bush 14%, Chris Christie 11% and Ben Carson 9% (Baloney)

    11/29/2014 7:12:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | November 29, 2014 | Phil Ammann
    Republican voters nationwide look towards 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney to get back in the game for 2016, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday. Voters give the former Massachusetts governor the top rank at 19 percent in an early glimpse of the 2016 presidential race. Romney continues to insist he will not seek the White House for a third time. With Romney out of the race, however, former Gov. Jeb Bush leads with 14 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a conservative Tea Party favorite, gets 9 percent, while...
  • Carson, Jeb, Rand, Huckabee: Of 13 possible GOP presidential contenders in 2016, who's your pick?

    11/29/2014 12:44:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | November 29, 2014 | Leada Gore
    With the GOP poised to take over the Senate and strengthen its control of the House in January, all eyes are now turning to 2016's presidential race. And while Democrats have a single strong contender - paging Hillary Clinton - the Republican side remains up in the air. The Hill recently listed what 16 possible presidential contenders in what one strategist described as the "most open field we've ever seen." Here's the likely contenders in the class of 2016: First String Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) - One of the most recognizable names in the field, Paul he's comfortable in front...
  • The 2016 spotlight turns to Texas (A March 1st primary?)

    11/28/2014 2:55:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Texas Tribune's TribTalk Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jim Henson and Joshua Blank
    With the 2014 election now in the history books, the reality is that the 2016 campaign is upon us. And you can expect Texas to get more time in the spotlight now that the 2016 GOP presidential primary is a main attraction. Four candidates with direct or indirect connections to the Lone Star State are on most early lists of top potential candidates: Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and two scions of families with strong Texas ties — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of former Texas Congressman (and frequent presidential aspirant) Ron Paul, and...
  • Somebody is going to win the White House in Election 2016

    11/28/2014 2:21:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Politics Examiner Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | James George
    Will it be Democrats or Republicans who have “national appeal”? Do any of these 13 Republicans have a chance? Jonathan Easley put them out there in an article in The Hill this morning just as the National Politics Examiner published a list of Democrats. See the story link below. Let’s analyze the Easley list. He begins by positioning what are identified as the “big three”: Paul, Christie, and Bush. As porkers go, Paul doesn’t have a chance as Christie and Bush win the weigh in. Bush’s heaviness is as much of a concern as Hillary’s age, maybe. Christie loses on...
  • Talking 2016 on the NR Post-Election Cruise...

    11/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Geraghty.
    From the first post-cruise edition of the Morning Jolt… What (Some of) You Missed on the National Review Post-Election Cruise Beats a polar vortex, doesn’t it? A bit of 2016 talk from our recently-concluded cruise… Allen West pointed out you don’t often see two presidential candidates from the same state competing against each other for long – their bases of support among donors, activists, and volunteers usually overlap and they can’t sustain two candidates simultaneously. At this very early date, the potential Republican 2016 field includes two candidates from Florida (Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio), two from Texas (Ted Cruz...
  • A Top Political Analyst Thinks Marco Rubio Is The Leading GOP Candidate In 2016

    11/15/2014 9:38:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 11, 2014 | Colin Campbell
    The chief political strategist of the research firm Potomac Research Group released a new handicapping of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest on Tuesday morning, and he had a somewhat surprising front-runner: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Though Rubio hasn't been generating as many headlines as many of his competitors, the strategist, Greg Valliere, argued he uniquely benefited from the 2014 Republican landslide. "He flew beneath the radar screen this fall, but actually Rubio campaigned aggressively for GOP candidates," Valliere said. "He has a head start on putting together a campaign organization, and has shown increasing gravitas on key issues;...
  • The first 2016 Electoral College Map looks bad for Democrats

    11/13/2014 11:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Don Surber
    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Clinton? Gradually it is sinking in to Official Washington that the 2014 election could very well do to Democrats what the 1930 election did to Republicans: make them irrelevant for at least a generation. In 1930, the first election after the Stock Market Crash saw Republicans go from a 270-164 majority in the House to a minority, albeit by one seat. In the next three elections, Republicans would continue to lose until there were only 88 Republicans in the House after the 1936 election. The Depression wiped out two-thirds of the House...
  • Something Funny Happened In Iowa, And It May Hurt Democrats In 2016

    11/12/2014 2:55:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 11, 2014 | Harry Enten
    Republican Sen.-elect Joni Ernst easily won her race in Iowa last Tuesday, beating Democrat Bruce Braley by 8.5 percentage points. Her victory wasn’t shocking, but its size was (to everyone except pollster Ann Selzer, that is). The final FiveThirtyEight projection had Ernst winning by just 1.5 percentage points. What the heck happened? Here’s one explanation: White voters in Iowa without a college degree have shifted away from the Democratic Party. And if that shift persists, it could have a big effect on the presidential race in 2016, altering the White House math by eliminating the Democratic edge in the electoral...
  • 6 Reasons Why Malloy Did Better In 2014

    11/09/2014 7:30:11 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 2 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | November 6, 2014 | Stephen Busemeyer and Dan Haar
    The battleground was different in 2010, when Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley first fought to become governor. Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal were slugging it out in a high-finance senate race that drew a lot of attention. The economy was sputtering badly. Tom Foley's running mate was popular Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Sandy Hook -- and the gun control legislation that came out of it -- was more than two years away.
  • A Charlie Crist Mystery.Floridians Bewildered Over Crist Receiving 47 Per-Cent.

    11/05/2014 4:34:13 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 53 replies
    Last night millions of Floridians were in a state of shock watching the Florida returns coming in a little at a time and were just befuddled over the dead-even percentages for both of them. Rick Scott should of handily maintained an 8 to 10 per-cent lead over Crist from the start. No way that 47 percent of Floridians are that dumbfounded! Is it safe to assume that maybe "Seven Percent Of Charlies Votes were either Illegal or Dead"?
  • Why tensions in Ferguson may help Republican in a local vote

    11/03/2014 6:27:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 3, 2014 | Alistair Bell in Ferguson
    Black anger at a local Democrat's handling of the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has given the Republican candidate some hope of winning the race for St Louis County executive for first time since the 1980s. Polls show both candidates virtually tied in this troubled corner of America. A group of African-American leaders is endorsing Republican Rick Stream. One reason: Democratic hopeful Steve Stenger's support of the prosecutor investigating the Ferguson police department, which is under scrutiny after a white officer shot dead Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, in August. That group accuses the county prosecutor Robert McCulloch...
  • Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | November 3, 2014 | Rory Carroll in Des Moines
    Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals. Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up. “So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said. The campaign ad Squeal showed images of pigs, then came her punchline. “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Even Democrats laughed. Late-night comedians spoofed it. Few, initially, took it seriously. This was back in March. Ernst was an obscure, one-term...
  • New App Launching to Report Voter Fraud

    11/02/2014 8:59:39 PM PST · by Windflier · 22 replies
    A new app, which allows users to conveniently report voter fraud, will be available for iOS and Android on November 1. The app, called VoteStand, is being launched by True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud group that was one of the groups unconstitutionally targeted by the Obama IRS. According to the VoteStand website, “the app uses a high level encryption, inside the app allowing information to get to the right people to make reporting voter fraud easily.”
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 7:59:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • NYT: Democrats Haven't Won Majority of White Women Since 1992

    11/01/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | November 1, 2014 | John Nolte
    Buried under a dozen paragraphs is a fascinating little factoid the mainstream media never talks about and doesn’t want to talk about: Democrats haven't won a majority of the white women vote since 1992: In Arkansas, the Republican candidate, Tom Cotton, was tied with Senator Mark Pryor among women in a poll of likely voters conducted Oct. 4-7 by Fox News. Yet Mr. Pryor had an 11-point edge among women in an Oct. 19-23 poll for NBC News and Marist College’s Institute for Public Opinion. “On balance, I am not convinced the Democrats will make sufficient inroads with white women...
  • Republicans take big lead in Colorado early voting

    11/01/2014 1:43:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 31, 2014 | Nicholas Riccardi
    DENVER (AP) -- Republicans are taking a big lead in early voting in Colorado. A report from the Secretary of State on Friday showed that 104,000 more Republicans than Democrats had cast their ballots as the state conducts its first major mail-in election. Voters can also drop off ballots at polling stations and register through Election Day....
  • So Charlie Crist Left GOP Cause Of Racism? Assuming Democrats Are A Racist Free Party?

    10/31/2014 5:14:03 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 13 replies
    And how come no one challenged Charlie Crist on his accusations of racism within the GOP? When he has been interviewed on this issue of party switching, he should of been asked at least these two simple questions. Charlie, you claim there are racists among the GOP, can you name them for us? And Charlie, you switched over to the Democrat Party because of Republican Racism, yet the Democrat Party is notorious throughout America for "Being The Party Of Corruption And Racists", So Why Did You Become A Democrat?
  • Skewedenfreude: Why Democrats Can’t Face the Midterm 2014 Polls

    10/30/2014 8:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 29, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Republicans hold the lead in key states, but this unanimous agreement among election forecasters conceals an Achilles heel: We all rely on the same poll data. What if that data is off?… Even in the week before the election, polls are not perfect….When errors occur, the outcome tends to be more favorable to the Democrat. So a Republican Senate is not guaranteed because “Democrats tend to perform better than the polls predict.” Yes, that’s right, folks. The polls are skewed. This argument has become common enough that Nate Silver has felt the need, in what must seem like a flashback,...
  • Calling All Married Women — VOTE ON TUESDAY! Not exactly the message Democrats will send out.

    10/30/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 30, 2014 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Not only have women been a majority of the voters in recent elections (53% in 2012), they also kept President Obama in the Oval Office (55% of those women — nearly 30% of all voters — voted for President Obama in 2012). Obviously, women — specifically, unmarried women — decided the 2012 election. According to exit polls from 2012 conducted by Edison Research, Obama’s margin among unmarried women was 67 percent to Romney’s 31 percent, giving him more than 11 million more unmarried women’s votes than Romney’s total; Romney’s 53 percent of married women’s votes compared to Obama’s 46 percent...
  • In Georgia, Democrats’ last hope for preventing GOP takeover is collapsing

    10/29/2014 11:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The polls this cycle have been cruel to Democrats. A number of surveys have given the president’s party undue hope that they could pull off the impossible on Election Day and retain control of the U.S. Senate. But, like Lucy van Pelt ripping the set football away from a rushing Charlie Brown at the very last minute, Democrats have been robbed of that intoxicating hope just as the buzz was getting good. After abandoning the party’s nominee as determined by the voters, Democrats were thrilled by the prospect that ruby red Kansas might elect a Democrat masquerading as an independent...
  • Krauthammer: If GOP can’t win Senate, ‘the party ought to look for another country’

    10/29/2014 2:48:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 29, 2014 | Staff
    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer projected a big win for the Republicans in November, giving them a 70 percent chance of winning the Senate.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “If the GOP can’t win back the Senate in a climate like this, maybe the party ought to look for another country,” he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly Tuesday. Krauthammer explained why he thinks the climate is ripe for the win: "The reason is this is essentially a referendum on Obama. In 2010 it was a referendum on his ideology. The overreach with Obamacare, the stimulus, cap and trade, and now, six years in, it’s referendum...
  • Why Sarah Palin really might run for office again

    10/29/2014 2:15:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 29, 2014 | Peter Grier
    Sarah Palin says all the criticism from 'those haters out there ... invigorates me.' A majority of Americans say they've heard enough from her, but she has a base of committed supporters, and even some Democrats say they want her to run.Will Sarah Palin really run for office again? On Tuesday she said she might. In an interview with the Fox Business network, the ex-VP candidate said that her critics haven’t driven her away from politics. In fact, they energize her, she said. “Bless their hearts, those haters out there, they don’t understand that it invigorates me.... The more they’re...
  • Mainstream media shocked latest polls show GOP pulling away

    10/28/2014 8:23:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    The mainstream media made a hearty go of it, attempting for the last few weeks to portray the Nov. 4 election as a toss-up. But poll after poll is now showing those reports to be nothing more than a barrel of red herrings: Republicans are solidly in the lead with just more than a week to go. Over the past several weeks, a dozen stories or more have painted the Colorado race between Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Mark Udall for the U.S. Senate seat there as neck-and-neck. CNN and the mainstream newspapers have repeatedly said the race is too...
  • Bad News for Republicans As Americans Have Confidence in Government To Deal with Ebola (Laff-riot!)

    10/27/2014 6:53:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | October 27, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    There is “overwhelming confidence in the federal government’s ability to prevent a nationwide epidemic,” according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. “More than 7 in 10 Americans say the federal government can stop an Ebola epidemic, and 54% believe the federal government is doing a “good job” in addressing the disease.” Yes, the media hysteria has had an effect, as 8 in 10 believe that a new person will be diagnosed with Ebola in the coming weeks, however 53% think that healthcare workers and hospitals in their community are ready to treat an Ebola case. But, and here’s the bad...
  • New poll confirms: Mary Landrieu’s in serious trouble, y’all

    10/27/2014 3:54:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 27, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Sen. Mary Landrieu is flailing. She doesn’t own a home in Louisiana, but insists that her 7,300 square foot, $2.5 million house on Capitol Hill isn’t a “mansion.” She’s attacked her main Republican opponent for being soft on immigration, hoping that voters will pay no heed to her own voting record and rhetoric. She says she supports the Keystone pipeline and “fixes” to Obamacare (for which she cast the deciding vote and pledged to be “100 percent” accountable), but hasn’t been influential enough to persuade her own party’s leadership to allow votes on either issue. And Sean Trende’s deep data...
  • Can Ferguson Swing the Election?

    10/26/2014 7:50:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 26, 2014 | Joshua DuBois
    Low African American voter turnout helped create Ferguson’s mostly white government. Black leaders nationwide are using that fact to get their constituents to the polls.For many African Americans, this is shaping up to be the Ferguson Election. Around the country, black voters are being mobilized to vote in the 2014 midterms with the argument that the death of Michael Brown resulted, in part, from lack of black civic participation. While the population of Ferguson is nearly 70 percent African American, only 6 percent cast a ballot in the last municipal elections. This led to a majority-black city where the mayor...
  • Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

    10/25/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Siegel
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There's a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa — one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. In the 21st century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is. The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi: It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor. Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a race in which the role of female voters is central....
  • Gallup poll shows Tea Party supporters the most motivated to vote

    10/24/2014 1:39:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup’s survey from the end of last month shows that the most enthusiastic voters in this cycle are Tea Party supporters — and it’s not even close: Although the Tea Party has not been as visible in this year’s midterm elections as it was in 2010, Tea Party Republicans have given more thought to this year’s elections and are much more motivated to vote than are...
  • Who says Obamacare isn't major factor in midterms?

    10/24/2014 1:33:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 24, 2014 | Byron York
    Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign. In Arkansas, Republican challenger Tom Cotton is pulling ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor partly on the strength of a relentless focus on Obamacare. Cotton's newest ad attacks...
  • The truth about the midterms -- hands up, go vote! (Tea Party wave of 2010 never happened)

    10/24/2014 2:09:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | October 20, 2014 | Cornell Belcher
    As the story goes, in 2010 there was a dramatic political course correction. The electorate that just two years earlier had overwhelmingly voted for hope and change, sweeping Democrats into office, up and down the ballot, across the country, had buyers' remorse. America changed its mind after 2008 and broke hard for the tea party, building a wave that would devastate Democrats. At least that's the conventional lazy narrative about the 2010 midterm elections. That narrative draws a picture of a tea party wave that swept Republicans to victory on the back of a set of conservative policies in reaction...
  • Final Florida governor’s debate

    10/22/2014 9:26:33 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 20 replies
    HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE ^ | STEVE BOUSQUET AND MARY ELLEN KLAS
    JACKSONVILLE In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article3213936.html#storylink=cpy
  • New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

    10/22/2014 1:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Power Line blog ^ | October 21, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey shows that both Cotton and Pryor have locked up the support of their respective Party faithful. However, “Cotton has a strong advantage among the state’s voters who term themselves Independents...
  • Senate Democrats surrender fight against McConnell

    10/14/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Alex Bolton
    Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
  • Ratchet Down the RINO Rhetoric (Syrup of ipecac not needed)

    10/12/2014 1:03:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 12, 2014 | Doris O'Brien
    The presidential election is two years distant, but that hasn’t stopped some in the GOP from already deciding who would make “acceptable” Republican candidates and who would not, based on their perceived degree of fidelity to conservative principles. The arbiters have all but hung a sign in the 2016 window of opportunity that reads, NO RINOS NEED APPLY. It seems almost unconscionable for this assessment to be ballyhooed even as we find ourselves in the midst of a crucial election to determine the leadership of the U.S. Senate, and the direction of America’s future. Certainly, this would seem to be...
  • Freeper Predictions.Who Will Be The Final Six GOP Candidates By 2016 Primaries.

    10/11/2014 5:06:17 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 63 replies
    Although we are about 16 months away from having a pretty good rundown on who the likely 5 or 6 candidates will be, would be interesting to see if anyone can look into their crystal ball and foretell the final five or six candidates as we head into the second half of the 2016 primary season. Seven or eight of the possible candidates are pretty much set in stone. The most obvious candidate has to be Ted Cruz. We can all agree that if he runs, he will likely be the one to beat. But who will be the other...
  • No Sign of Increased Turnout for Dems on Election Day

    10/11/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    At the beginning of the summer, the White House and Democrats on the Hill promised to highlight issues that were near and dear to the hearts of their core constituencies of single women, minorities, and young people. To that end, they launched a series of attacks on Republicans: “war on women,” income inequality, exploiting racial tensions in Ferguson, and a promise from the president to take executive action on immigration. None of those issues have resonated with their targets. The needle has hardly moved and it appears that Senate Democratic incumbents, as well as other Democratic congressional candidates, are going...
  • Chris Christie Extremely Unpopular w/Working Class Republicans

    10/11/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 11, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Turning out the working class white vote is crucial for the Republicans in 2016. Some are touting Chris Christie as the solution, but the Marsist-McClatchy poll suggests otherwise. Christie gets 17% of the vote for the $50,000 and over group among Republicans and those who lean that way, but only 5% for the $50,000 and unders. Those are extremely striking and shocking numbers. Christie is well known, especially after Sandy, so this can’t be a name recognition issue. It’s not a RINO issue either. Jeb Bush is at 18% among the under $50,000 and as 12% among the over $50,000....
  • Senate math seems impossible to some Democrats

    10/09/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 9, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Four weeks away from the 2014 midterm elections and even some Democratic operatives struggle to imagine a scenario where they retain control of the U.S. Senate. The terrain and current momentum seem all but overwhelming and against them. A new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday morning suggests a Republican lead over a Democratic incumbent, this time in Alaska, and does nothing to calm Democrats' nerves. "If you put a gun to my head, I guess I'd say that we're going to lose the Senate," one Democratic consultant told me in a moment of anonymous candor. It's not even so much that...
  • New Poll: Michigan Battleground For U.S. Senate, GOP Candidate Within Margin Of Error

    10/09/2014 5:43:56 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A new poll out of Michigan’s U.S. Senate race shows that GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land is within the margin of error against Democratic nominee Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). The poll, conducted by Wenzel Strategies from Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, shows Land at 44.3 percent and Peters at 46.9 percent. The survey of 615 likely voters in Michigan has a margin of error of 3.93 percent, meaning Peters’ 2.6 percent lead is within the margin of error. A total of 52.4 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Peters and 37.3 percent viewed him unfavorably, while 50.9 percent...
  • Something Obama Will Never Say During Rallies Or Speeches."Anyone Who Wants A Job".

    10/08/2014 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    During the Obama Chicago/Northwestern speech, he touted how well the economy is doing, how his policies have brought us back from the brink, millions of new jobs, etc. Well, if the economy is finally on a roll, why didn't President Obama just say that "Anyone Who Wants A Job Anywhere In The United States, CAN FIND ONE !!" Didn't Reagan or Bush make this statement during the peak years of their presidency?, Yes, we all laughed or gasped when we heard that. Well what about the 93 Million Americans who can't find a job, or gave up looking? Why didn't...
  • Hispanics Won't Turn Texas Blue

    10/07/2014 1:59:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | October 5, 2014 | Wayne Thorburn
    You don’t have to live in Texas to hear the incessant reminders by demographers and political pundits that the Lone Star State is on track to become majority Hispanic. By the time of the 2010 census, Texas had already become a “majority-minority” state, with minorities outnumbering Anglos by some two million—and with Hispanics alone accounting for 37.6 percent of residents. Although projections vary, within the next 10 to 20 years, Texas will likely have a Hispanic majority. You’ve also probably heard that this Hispanic surge is turning Texas, which has been a reliably Republican state in presidential politics since 1980,...