A new Monmouth poll of registered or leaning Republican primary voters nationally finds New York businessman Donald Trump continuing to lead in the crowded GOP field. Trump's support is at 30 percent, 4 points higher than he was in Monmouth's August poll and 17 points higher than in its July poll.
Only one other presidential candidate registered in double digits: neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who had 18 percent support, up from just 5 percent support in August. The remaining candidates polled below 10 percent, including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz at 8 percent, Marco Rubio at 5 percent, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina at 4 percent, and Scott Walker at 3 percent. Rounding out the top 11 are Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich at 2 percent each.
Besides Trump and Carson, most of the candidates remain about where they were in Monmouth's poll last month. The biggest losers in August appear to be Walker, who dropped eight points, and Bush, who dropped four.
Trump also dominates in hypothetical match-ups with his GOP rivals. The reality-TV star would beat Bush, Rubio, Christie, Kasich, Cruz, Fiorina, Walker, and Paul in head-to-head contests for the nomination. Only Carson would defeat Trump, 55 percent saying they prefer Carson to Trump's 36 percent.
The poll has a relatively small sample of 366 Repulbican or Republican-leaning voters.
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.
Last night’s debate in Cleveland won’t change the course of the Republican presidential race. But it’s likely to affect individual candidates and how they’re viewed. Some gained, some faltered, some were unaffected.
Tonight's debate was full of fireworks. And somewhat surprisingly, Donald Trump was arguably not the most confrontational candidate on stage. Senator Rand Paul provided some of the more memorable moments of the night by challenging the other candidates on stage. Here is a transcript of Paul's dust-up over national security with Governor Christie. Judge for yourself who got the better of the argument:
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.
Louisville In many respects, 2015 represents a high-water mark for Republicans in Kentucky. But the GOP’s Bluegrass State successes bring new challenges.
Fresh off his landslide reelection last year, Mitch McConnell is majority leader and getting rave reviews for making the Senate function again. The state’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has a national following and is a credible candidate for president. No state can boast a more influential pair of senators.
As the news of the nuclear deal reached between the United States, its Western allies, and the Islamic Republican of Iran broke Tuesday morning, Republican presidential candidates were nearly unanimous in condemning the agreement.
It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off.
While campaigning against the Patriot Act in South Carolina last weekend, Rand Paul—a committed and supposedly knowledgeable civil libertarian—made a rather surprising claim. The Kentucky senator said that American law enforcement officials had "probable cause" to obtain a warrant for the arrest Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before he committed that attack, after the FBI received a tip from the FSB, Russia's intelligence agency.