A new poll of "usual" Republican primary voters in New Hampshire gives Donald Trump his biggest lead yet in the Granite State. The Public Policy Polling survey found Trump with 35 percent support, a good 26-point advantage over the next closest GOP candidate, Ohio governor John Kasich at 11 percent. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, has 10 percent support.
The remaining candidates register in the single digits, with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker tied at 7 percent, Ben Carson at 6 percent, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz at 4 percent, and Rand Paul rounding out the top ten with 3 percent support.
Trump has a 56 percent favorability rating (bested only by Carson and Fiorina), and PPP notes he leads with field among all demographic and ideological groups: with Tea Party voters, men, independents, conservatives, younger voters, seniors, evangelicals, women, moderates, and even those who are "most concerned about electability."
PPP also notes a big problem for Jeb Bush:
Bush is really struggling. Only 38% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to 41% with a negative one. This is largely a function of his unpopularity with conservatives- among voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative' just 34% have a positive opinion of him to 48% who have a negative one. Only 3% say he's their first choice for the nomination, putting him in a tie for 8th place with that group.
The pro-Hillary Clinton opposition research super PAC Correct the Record has a new post criticizing Carly Fiorina's record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. The blog post notes Fiorina, a Republican candidate for president, was named "one of America's worst CEOs" and that HP fired or laid off 30,000 employees during her tenure. The PAC also incuded, in its original post, this doctored photo of Fiorina:
Carly Fiorina says she disagrees with her Republican rival for president Donald Trump on the issue of Planned Parenthood. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that "we have to look at the positive also for Planned Parenthood" and said abortions were just a "small part" of what the organization provides.
A new poll of likely GOP caucusgoers in Iowa finds that Marco Rubio and Ben Carson made the most positive impression in the first Republican debate.
The Suffolk University poll, conducted after the Cleveland debate last Thursday, found 63 percent of those surveyed watched at least the main, top-10 debate. Of those who did, 23 percent said Rubio's debate performance impressed them the most while 22 percent said the same of Carsons' performance.
Coming off a well-received performance in Thursday's 5 p.m. debate, Carly Fiorina appeared on MSNBC's Hardball, where host Chris Matthews grilled the Republican candidate over her onstage claim that Hillary Clinton lied. "Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lies about e- mails," Fiorina said in her closing statement at Cleveland's Quicken Loans arena.
Carly Fiorina was the clear winner in a dull and relatively uneventful undercard debate Thursday evening. The former Hewlett Packard CEO was the most composed and effective of the seven candidates taking the stage in Cleveland, getting off a few memorable lines and detailed policy proposals.
Carly Fiorina tried to inspire the nation with a rift about how America is "being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government." She promised to fix that:
It's too soon to make any solid predictions about which candidates will benefit from the early debate featuring the GOP candidates who didn't make the cut for the primetime debate later tonight. But based on some instant reactions, it appears that Carly Fiorina has been turning heads of viewers:
On Thursday, Sergio Gor, the communications director for presidential candidate Rand Paul, tweeted a picture of what appears to be another presidential candidate's closing statements that he says were left in the hotel printer:
Goffstown, N.H. It was a fast two hours Monday evening at St. Anselm College at the Voters First Forum, where 14 of the Republican candidates for president joined each other (except for 3 U.S. senators, who spoke remotely from Washington) to answer questions.