Ben Sasse has just won a decisive victory in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary. As of this writing, the race has been called by the Associated Press and Sasse holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor, with 79 percent of precincts reporting. Having clinched the primary win, early polling suggests Sasse will be the likely victor in the general election in November. At 42 years old, Sasse is poised to become the youngest GOP senator.Read more
The New York Times is up with a story today, "Tea Party Activists See Own Groups Among Washington Adversaries," about the supposed tension between national Tea Party groups and local Tea Party activists. The lede of the piece involves an anecdote -- and I use that term loosely, as it seems to bear little relationship to reality -- about the Nebraska Senate race:Read more
Republican congressman Paul Broun, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, has paid part of his annual taxpayer-funded budget as a House member on a campaign consultant company.
Atlanta-based WSB-TV reports that Broun paid $33,000 to O'Donnell & Associates, a campaign communications firm, from his official congressional account. When the WSB reporter attempted to ask Broun about the expenditure, Broun did not answer and entered his Capitol Hill office. Watch the video below:Read more
Washington Free Beacon: "Veteran of the Charlie Sheen media campaign joins Team Obama"Read more
Phil Klein: " Romney aces Florida test"
Chris Cillizza: "What Google can tell us about the Florida Republican primary"Read more
Austin Ameican Statesman: "Perry stays in presidential race, says it 'wasn't a hard decision'"
Rush Limbaugh: "This Race is Far From Over"Read more
It’s likely that no candidate will win so much as 30 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. Yet you can bet that the press corps will crown as the big winner the candidate who gets perhaps one-quarter of the votes of caucus-goers in a state that’s half the size of the average state. Meanwhile, those who get one-sixth, or one-seventh, or one-eighth, of that same vote, will be labeled as losers who might want to think about dropping out of the national race. This, of course, is foolishness.Read more
Suffolk reports on its latest poll of likely voters in New Hampshire's first in the nation primary:
1. I thought Newt Gingrich did not do well. Not just when he defended his (essentially indefensible) work at Freddie Mac, but also when he cited FDR as a model for how he would handle the court. Terrible argument, one that any self-proclaimed constitutional conservative should be concerned about.Read more
My better half stumbles across some interesting reports from people in New Hampshire:
So a writer I follow who lives in New Hampshire just tweeted:
@publicroad: I live in NH & just got a robocall polling me about what I think about Romney vs. Gingrich vs. *Jeb Bush*.
Other folks are reporting the same polling is taking place in New Hampshire.
According to the latest Gallup poll, support for Newt Gingrich has dropped from 37 percent to 31 percent in just the course of a week. He still maintains a comfortable lead over Romney, whose support has held steady at 22 percent in Gallup's poll. However, the rapid drop suggests that maybe some of the attacks on Gingrich have taken their toll.Read more
Mickey Kaus: "How is New Poverty like New Coke?"Read more
Gallup’s polling of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents now shows Newt Gingrich with a 15-point lead over runner-up Mitt Romney — 37 to 22 percent.Read more
Despite continued claims that he’s not running for the White House, credible news outlets continue to report that Chris Christie is still considering running for president. But should he run?Read more
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida decided Friday to hold its Republican presidential primary on Jan. 31, snubbing a party rule against fast-track delegate-selection for 2012 and triggering angry responses from traditional early voting states which will now likely rejigger their calendars to stay ahead....Read more
In the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove previews tonight’s debate, saying that it “presents opportunities and dangers for each candidate.” Rove writes that Rick Perry “has had two okay-to-mediocre debate performances,” which “is dangerous.” He says that Perry needs to convey that he would be a good steward of Social Security, while also advancing his plans for reforming it and putting it on more solid fiscal ground. “More importantly,” Rove writes, “Mr. Perry needs to change the dynamic of the debates, in which he’s been (in his words) the piñata,” and “put Mr. Romney on defense over health care.”Read more
A CBS News/New York Times poll taken from September 10th-15th (both before and after the most recent debate) shows Rick Perry with a 7-point edge (23 to 16 percent) over Mitt Romney among registered voters who intend to vote in a Republican primary or caucus. Newt Gingrich has moved into a tie with Michele Bachmann for third place, with 7 percent apiece, followed by Herman Cain and Ron Paul at 5 percent apiece. Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman are each at 1 percent.Read more
Yesterday, the Des Moines Register reported that former New York governor George Pataki, who has been considering a run for the Republican nomination for president, will travel to Iowa's Polk County this weekend for a local GOP fundraiser:
Iowans are buzzing over whether he could use the event to declare his intentions.
“Strong chance he will announce, I believe,” organizer Darrell Kearney told the Register tonight.Read more
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Fox News's Neil Cavuto this afternoon that he will reveal his plan on job creation on September 6, the same week President Obama is set to unveil his own. Romney's speech is part of a strategy to "pick up the pace" in a new phase of the campaign.Read more
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