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Poll: Swing-State Voters Sour On Trump

If these polls are anywhere near correct, it shows Trump is still ahead in reliably red counties—reliably red in that a majority voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 2012. However, a majority of voters in crossover counties, who previously supported Obama, have abandoned Trump.

July 18, 2017
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Election Polls In Key States: Clinton Leads In Iowa, Ohio, And Pennsylvania

Election polls released this week show Hillary Clinton leading in most of the 2016 battleground states, with a close contest between Clinton and Trump in Florida.

August 10, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio announces the suspension of his presidential campaign during a rally in Miami

You Know What They Say About Men Who Make Jokes About Small Hands? Not Much, Anymore.

As one of the biggest disappointments of this election cycle, Rubio is a walking demonstration of how resoundingly Republican primary voters have rejected the establishment candidates.

March 18, 2016
Bernie Sanders Iowa Caucus

How The Caucuses Really Work — And Why They Matter So Much

Geography favors Clinton: More than a quarter of Sanders’ voters are expected to come from only three counties. Even with a substantial lead, he may only win a limited number of delegates.

February 1, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa

Even Absent, Trump Will Cast Shadow Over GOP Debate

Donald Trump’s going to make a difference in Thursday’s Iowa Republican debate, even though he’ll be absent.

January 28, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa’s Bucolic Backdrops Belie An Economy That Thrives On Finance

The finance, insurance and real estate industries claim 21.5 percent of Iowa’s gross domestic product, compared with only 7.4 percent for agriculture and natural resources.

January 28, 2016
Mike Huckabee Adele Hello parody

Mike Huckabee Parodies Adele’s ‘Hello’ In Last-Ditch Attempt To Impress Iowans

The whole thing reads as a good-faith effort, though quite amateur.

January 27, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz waves to the crowd

The Secret Science Of Winning The Iowa Caucuses

An hour before the Jan. 14 Republican debate, 250 of Ted Cruz’s most dedicated Iowa field organizers huddled in the Heritage Assembly of God church gymnasium in Des Moines.

January 26, 2016

Preschoolers Were Unwitting Props In Fiorina’s Anti-Abortion Rally

In what can only be described as a bad judgement call, Carly Fiorina turned a group of young schoolchildren into becoming props for a rally against abortion in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 22, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

Profits And Profiteering Part Of Caucus Capitalism In Iowa

For some Midwesterners, the presidential campaign brings the kind of New York values they can appreciate.

January 21, 2016
Bernie Sanders with supporters

With Iowa Vote Approaching, Bernie Sanders Is Gaining Steam

Fresh off a strong debate performance and buoyed by rising poll numbers, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returned to Iowa with an air of vindication.

January 21, 2016
Hillary Clinton

Clinton Connecting With Iowans

Hillary Clinton is one of American politics’ larger-than-life figures, having shared the White House when her husband was president and traveled the world as secretary of state.

January 8, 2016

What The 2016 Presidential Candidates Must Do To Win

Less than four weeks before Iowans kick off the 2016 presidential contest with their Feb. 1 caucuses, the early road to the White House appears to be shaping up as a slippery and uncharted one for the Republican Party.

January 7, 2016

Ted Cruz Might Not Need Trump Supporters

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is poised to absorb Donald Trump’s supporters when the billionaire exits the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to one of the campaign’s most common narratives.

January 7, 2016

Endorse This: Trump’s New Ad — All The Donald’s Hostility In 30 Seconds

Trump’s strategy is not subtle: Take all the awful and absurd things he’s said in this campaign — and condense them into a single spot.

January 4, 2016

Iowa Voters Have Given Up On Ethanol; Presidential Candidates Are Following Suit

The fortunes of the wonder fuel that promised to help clean the environment, secure America and save small family farms have steadily dwindled. Now fuel, corn-based ethanol, finds itself threatened with a defection that was once unthinkable: Iowa voters.

December 29, 2015

Trump Rips Up Rule Book Of U.S. ‘Retail Politics’

Instead of shaking hands with voters at diners and stores in the early-voting states, Trump has simply favored large rallies and major TV appearances.

December 23, 2015
ted cruz worse than trump

5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is Scarier Than Donald Trump

Ted Cruz’s trademark is his sly evasion, and it makes his extremism much harder to pin down. Trump is troublesome, but Cruz is much more insidious — and a Cruz win would be far scarier. Here’s why.

December 14, 2015

Republican Ted Cruz Vaults Into First Place In New Iowa Poll

Cruz has benefited from a decline in support for Ben Carson, with both Republicans sharing a strong base of support with evangelical voters.

December 7, 2015

Iowa Dominated By Indecision As Presidential Caucuses Near

The crops have been harvested and snow has already fallen multiple times, signs in Iowa that it will soon be time to start the process of picking a new president — and begin winnowing the crowded Republican field.

December 4, 2015

Jeb Hints At Woman Vice President: ‘Did I Say That Out Loud?’

The discussion couldn’t help but veer toward a certain other Republican running mate from elections past (and who didn’t exactly impress voters).

December 1, 2015

Iowa Continues Its Importance For GOP, Despite Spotty Record Of Picking Presidents

Since 1980, when Iowa held its first seriously competitive GOP caucuses, the first-place finisher has gone on to win the party’s nomination less than half the time.

November 29, 2015

Endorse This: Ted Cruz Lands Major Endorsement — God

Cruz’s campaign snagged a major supporter, as specially revealed by Congressman Steve King.

November 16, 2015
Ben Carson

Ben Carson Connects With Iowa’s Evangelicals

The crucial question for the mild-mannered physician is whether he can sustain his popularity in Iowa until the first votes are cast there three months from now.

November 7, 2015

Donald Trump Faces Several Tests Before Iowa Caucuses

Candidates inevitably face two fall challenges: Voters start looking more closely at them and discover flaws, and they start considering who they want as president, not just as messenger. Here are the tests Trump faces in the four months between now and the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.

October 6, 2015