A two-man race in the Sunshine State.7:45 AM, Jun 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Both Florida Republicans running for president are tied for first among registered voters in their party, according to a new poll of the Sunshine State from Quinnipiac.
Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, leads the field of presidential candidates among registered Republicans with 20 percent support, while Bush's political protege, U.S. senator Marco Rubio, is a close second with 18 percent support. The next closest contenders in Florida are Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, at nine percent, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at seven percent.
The high regard both Bush and Rubio have among Florida Republicans is evidenced by the poll's next question, asking which candidates are a voter's second choice. Twenty-one percent choose Rubio and 16 percent choose Bush, with the remainder of the field earning single-digit support as a second choice. Rubio has a slightly better favorability rating among Florida Republicans, with 75 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of the first-term senator and 9 percent saying they have an unfavorable rating. Bush's ratings aren't much different, with a 69 percent/18 percent favorable/unfavorable rating.
When combining precentages for first and second choice, it becomes even clearer the race in Florida is currently between its two favorite sons, with Bush receiving a combined 33 percent and Rubio a combined 36 percent. Walker, meanwhile earns a combined 15 percent, Carson a combined 11 percent, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee a combined 10 percent. The 2016 Florida primary is scheduled for March 15.
Quinnipiac's poll finds a more open Republican race in two other swing states. In Ohio, governor John Kasich (who is reportedly considering a run for president) holds a favorite son status with 19 percent support from registered Republicans in that state. The other candidates poll in the single digits, with Bush leading the non-Kasich candidates with nine percent support. The Buckeye State will hold its primary on March 15 as well.
And in Pennsylvania there's even more parity in the field, despite having the state's former senator Rick Santorum in the mix. Rubio leads there with 12 percent support, with Kentucky senator Rand Paul close behind with 11 percent. Bush and Carson have 10 percent support in the Keystone State. The rest of the field polls in single digits, including Santorum at seven percent. Pennsylvania's primary will be April 26.
11:01 AM, May 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, will run for president again in 2016. The Associated Press reports:
After insulting and erroneous comments about Christians, Putnam suggests that Rick Santorum is racist. 4:47 PM, May 18, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Last week, I noted that Harvard's Robert Putnam had made a rather baffling and slanderous statement about American Christians. As an empirical matter, it was utterly indefensible and not the kind of untrue generalization you would expect a prominent social scientist to indulge in. So, that was pretty bad.
2:52 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
Bush, Carson, Rubio, Jindal, Santorum, and Perry weigh in11:46 AM, Mar 31, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Several of the likely Republican candidates for president have spoken out in defense of Indiana governor Mike Pence and his decision to sign the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. CNN reports that several White House hopefuls, including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum have voiced support for the law, which provides a test for courts on cases where individual religious expression is at odds with state or local laws and ordinances.
Handicapping the 2016 GOP fieldFeb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.
4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
3:28 PM, Nov 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum says he is “open” to another run for president in 2016. Santorum was asked about a possible presidential campaign Monday at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
“I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum replied. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”
3:31 PM, Sep 18, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Lots of people have already unpacked the philosophical and logical problems with Mitt Romney’s belief that 47 percent of the country is basically free-loading off of everyone else (and voting Democratic). I’m struck, however, by how the moocher theory was presaged during the primaries in the difference between how Romney and Rick Santorum talked about the moral problems inherent in the welfare state.
5:51 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Conservative leader Gary Bauer, who endorsed Rick Santorum earlier in the year, did a good job of summing up the former Pennsylvania senator's presidential run.
3:55 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Newt Gingrich is using Rick Santorum's announcement that the former Pennsylvania senator is suspending his presidential campaign to make a last ditch effort at becoming the Republican nominee--by drawing a contrast with front runner Mitt Romney.
2:41 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Moments after Rick Santorum finished his speech announcing that he was suspending his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney issued a statement to "Congratulate Senator Santorum on the Campaign He Ran."
2:00 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News just reported that Rick Santorum will, in a few moments, announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign. His announcement is taking place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
That would leave Mitt Romney as the clear frontrunner, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trailing far behind in the Republican presidential race.
9:36 PM, Apr 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mitt Romney is projected to win the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary, according Fox News.