Conservatism in the Era of Trump
Mick Mulvaney’s friends in the House Freedom Caucus couldn’t believe what they were hearing.
It was the Monday night following Election Day, and lawmakers were trickling back into Washington to resume their congressional duties. The next day, House ...
GOP Consensus on Trump SCOTUS Pick: Sykes or Pryor
In conversations with a host of conservative legal experts at this week’s Federalist Society convention in Washington, what emerged was a striking consensus of a two-horse race to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. According ...
UPDATED: Obama 2012 Would've Beaten Trump 2016
UPDATE: Mea Culpa.
Here’s what happened: I used the New York Times vote-record database for the numbers in this post. This was a matter of convenience; I had already been using the NYT database because of its excellent interactive ...
Why Michigan Matters—and What to Watch There
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — along with both of their running mates and star surrogates — have all descended on Michigan in the past week. The state has long been considered safely in the Democratic column; it last delivered its electoral ...
For Marco Rubio, What Might Have Been — and Still Could Be
Port Orange, Fla. — Right around the time Donald Trump brought his crowd of nearly 5,000 to its feet in Jacksonville by pledging to bring “historic change” to the nation, Marco Rubio walked into a brewery 100 miles south and scanned the premises. ...
House Leadership Elections Set for Nov. 15
The House GOP will vote behind closed doors on November 15 to elect its leadership for the upcoming Congress, according to an internal memo sent to Republican staffers.
The votes will take place one day after Congress returns from its fall ...
Mike Pence Comes to Utah. (Yes, Utah.)
Salt Lake City — Less than two weeks from Election Day, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence stopped here for a campaign rally on Wednesday afternoon.
Here, as in Utah.
A state Republicans have carried in every presidential election since 1968.
A state ...
Status Quo: Ryan, Priebus Still Support Trump
The more things change for Donald Trump, the more they stay the same for GOP leadership.
Much was made Monday of two conference calls that took place six hours apart: one with Speaker Paul Ryan and his House Republicans, the ...
BREAKING: Trump Holds Surprise Pre-Debate Press Conference with Clinton Accusers
St. Louis – This rollercoaster of a presidential campaign took a new and unprecedented twist Sunday evening when Republican nominee Donald Trump staged a surprise news conference — 90 minutes before his scheduled debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — alongside a group of ...
Pence Does What Trump Couldn’t, with Solid Debate
Farmville, Va. — On Tuesday night, Mike Pence managed to do what Donald Trump could not. In his first and only debate against Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, the Indiana governor delivered a calm and on-message performance. Where Trump, in ...
Monday's Debate: A Microcosm of 2016
What we saw Monday night in the first presidential debate felt like a 90-minute microcosm of the 2016 campaign.
Hillary Clinton was comfortable talking substance. She kept her cool. She was steady if unspectacular, giving safe and succinct answers. Above all, ...
Does Donald Trump Have a Path to 270?
Labor Day traditionally sounds a gun that starts the general election in earnest — vacations are over, kids are back in school, and voters are finally tuning in to a presidential race that’s competitive coming out of the party conventions.
Trump's Schizophrenic Base Strategy
The Republican base still has not united behind Donald Trump.
This explains why he’s polling at or below 40 percent in the majority of surveys taken, both nationally and in battleground states, over the past three weeks. That’s a ...
Five Observations from the RedState Gathering
Denver — Some 500 conservative activists convened here over the weekend for the annual RedState Gathering, an event that traditionally functions as a pep rally for the Republican grassroots.
This year, though, it felt like a funeral.
The mood was decidedly dour ...
A Lesson From Tim Huelskamp's Loss
Anger at Washington is not a mandate for ideological purity.
That’s one valuable lesson from Tuesday night’s primary result in Kansas’s first congressional district. And Representative Tim Huelskamp learned it the hard way.
Huelskamp, a conservative agitator ...
Convention Speech Sparks Blowback from Cruz Donors
Ted Cruz’s next presidential campaign is off to a rocky start.
The 2016 Republican runner-up, who has made little effort to mask his intention to run again in 2020, believed he was standing on principle — and protecting and promoting his brand — ...
Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage in Cleveland
Cleveland — Ted Cruz walked onto the stage here Wednesday night to a standing ovation, but left to deafening boos.
It was the strangest, most surreal sequence of a Republican convention that has been defined by disorderly proceedings and dreamlike speeches ...
BREAKING: Trump Clinches Nomination in Cleveland
Cleveland — Donald Trump, the real-estate mogul and political neophyte who rode a populist wave to defeat 16 Republican challengers — and win more votes than any primary candidate in the history of the GOP — officially clinched the party’s nomination for president ...
Scott Walker, Eyeing 2020, Re-Introduces Himself to Iowa
BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Scott Walker says he came to this week’s Republican National Convention to help ensure that Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton in November.
But in case he doesn’t, Walker came here — to a suburban steakhouse rented by ...
Priebus Meets Privately with Mike Lee, Never Trump Leaders to Discuss Procedural Compromise
CLEVELAND — Barely two hours into the much-anticipated meeting of the Convention Rules Committee, a backroom deal may be in the works.
According to two sources, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and top RNC officials are huddling privately with Senator ...
Breaking: Cruz Accepts Trump Offer to Speak in Cleveland
Ted Cruz will speak at the Republican convention after all.
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump offered Cruz a speaking slot during a meeting Thursday morning in Washington, and the Texas senator accepted on the spot, according to sources in the ...
VP Watch: Newt to Stump with Trump in Ohio
Newt Gingrich, who is among the finalists to become Donald Trump’s running mate, will join the presumptive nominee at his rally Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to two sources.
One person involved with the planning of Wednesday’s ...
New RNC Proposal: No Rules Changes in Cleveland
What’s the surest way to prevent Donald Trump’s opponents from re-writing the GOP’s rules to deny him the nomination at next month’s convention? According to a new proposal from Republican National Committee member Solomon Yue, the ...
Ahead of Meeting, Evangelicals Sense Leverage Over Trump
Donald Trump will meet with an audience of nearly 1,000 Christian conservative activists in New York City on Tuesday, and the summit could hardly come at a more critical time.
The event has been on the books for over a month, ...
Freedom Caucus Gets New Member: Boehner's Successor
Warren Davidson was sworn in Thursday to fill the seat vacated last fall by John Boehner — and he’s joining the group of House conservatives who effectively forced out the former speaker.
Davidson is the newest member of the House ...
Top Evangelicals Send Invites for Trump Meeting
Evangelical leaders have sent out these invitations for a June 21 meeting with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in New York City.
The meeting, first reported by TIME, will bring Trump face-to-face with hundreds of social conservative activists during an all-day ...
Trump Could Name Cabinet Picks at Convention, Raising Legal Questions
In their search for splashy ways to put on a show at this summer’s Republican National Convention, Donald Trump and his team have discussed an unprecedented maneuver: Rolling out a roster of high-profile cabinet appointees to give voters a ...
Cruz Stakes It All on Carly ahead of Final Stretch
Indianapolis – Call it a Hail Mary, or a Hail Carly. With no chance of winning the Republican nomination before the convention in Cleveland and with the odds of a contested convention growing dimmer, Ted Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his ...
Why Cruz Is Going All-In on Indiana
Ted Cruz’s team knew that Donald Trump would run away with his native New York Tuesday. And they expect he’ll win the lion’s share of delegates at stake next week when a slate of northeastern states votes. ...
Wisconsin Delegate Scoreboard: Cruz 36, Trump 6
Ted Cruz on Tuesday scored a resounding, double-digit victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin. But the GOP front-runner did manage to win a handful of delegates, despite losing the state by nearly 150,000 votes.
Barring any unforeseen developments, Trump will be ...
Cruz Hustles to Show Softer Side, Exploit Trump's Crises with Women
Madison, Wis. — Plush chairs. Stylish pillows. Purple flowers.
The ambiance inside Ted Cruz’s campaign event here Wednesday morning was unrecognizable. There were no splashy campaign banners. No loud speeches or fiery denunciations of rival candidates. Instead, in a gently-lit ...
Ryan Speech Offers a Veiled Apology for Trump
Paul Ryan is more or less resigned to the fact that Donald Trump, who stands for everything that he doesn’t, is likely to become his party’s nominee. In a highly anticipated speech to hundreds of Capitol Hill interns ...
The Math Says Trump Won't Be Stopped if He Sweeps Florida & Ohio
Tuesday’s primaries represent the last stand not only for John Kasich and Marco Rubio but also for Republicans hoping to halt Donald Trump’s march to the nomination.
A total of 361 bound delegates are up for grabs on March 15, ...
Michigan Shows Trump Could Redraw Electoral Map vs. Clinton
Sixty-four electoral votes. That’s how many Mitt Romney fell short of the 270 required to win the White House in 2012.
Sixty-four electoral votes. That’s the sum of four Rust Belt states Romney lost: Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), Michigan (16), and Wisconsin (10).
Super Tuesday Leaves GOP Two Endgames: Trump Nomination or Contested Convention
It’s either Donald Trump or a contested convention.
Such is the reality facing the Republican party today. Its leaders are now staring down two scenarios they long dismissed as fantasy, after a slew of Super Tuesday contests demonstrated once ...
How Ted Cruz Painted Himself into a Corner on Super Tuesday
Tuesday marks a crossroads for Ted Cruz’s presidential ambitions, one at which his 2016 campaign will be either bolstered or buried — and whatever the outcome, it’s a moment entirely of his own making.
On August 7, the day after a ...
Reports from Nevada tonight have indicated potential administrative failures at caucus locations around the state, which threaten to further marginalize its role in the Republican nominating process.
The most damning allegations are that precinct officials failed to properly certify voters, ...
Ted Cruz Has Two Big Problems
Charleston, S.C. — 72 percent.
That’s the number of Republican voters in South Carolina’s primary that identified as evangelical or born-again Christians, according to exit polling. That’s an eye-popping, record-shattering figure: It was 65 percent in South Carolina’s 2012 ...
Cruz Rebuilds Stump Speech Around Scalia Vacancy
Charleston, S.C. – Ted Cruz’s stump speech has evolved ever-so-slightly over the past few months. In the weeks leading up to Iowa, he took the tone of a clergyman and regularly began his talks by itemizing the objectives he ...
Jeb Bush's Very Bad Afternoon
Summerville, S.C. – About 15 minutes before Jeb Bush’s town-hall–style event commenced here Wednesday afternoon, The State newspaper in Columbia broke news that could drastically reshape the South Carolina primary race: Governor Nikki Haley was endorsing Marco Rubio.
Bush Survives, Claims ‘Momentum’ as Race Moves to South Carolina
Manchester, N.H. — They weren’t sure whether to expect a burial or a resurrection. In the end, it was neither.
Jeb Bush’s team can breathe a sigh of relief. His campaign is on firmer footing now after a ...
Emerson Poll Shows Bush Surging in N.H.
Portsmouth, N.H. – The latest batch of New Hampshire polling, released by Emerson College just after 6 p.m. local time, had Jeb Bush’s campaign bus blasting the school’s fight song on its way here for tonight’s rally, ...
Rubio’s Momentum Stalls in New Hampshire Debate
Manchester, N.H. — Marco Rubio’s momentum just hit a brick wall in the Granite State.
In the home stretch of a New Hampshire primary famous for its last-minute voting swings, the Florida senator stumbled during Saturday night’s debate ...
Ted Cruz's Long Road to Iowa Victory
Des Moines, Iowa — Eleven months before Ted Cruz took the stage here at the state fairgrounds Monday night to celebrate an historic and hard-fought victory in Iowa’s caucuses, members of his senior staff dialed in to a conference call ...
The ‘Magic Number’ that Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa — 135,000.
That’s the “magic number” to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials.
Four years ago, a ...
Huckabee, Santorum Pick Sides in Trump-Cruz Battle
Des Moines, Iowa – With Monday’s caucuses coming down to a binary choice between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for the top spot, the previous two Iowa winners are aligning themselves with Trump in a demonstration of their disdain for ...
Cruz Super PAC Warns of 'TrumpCare' in New Ad
A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is airing a new TV ad in Iowa that goes for the policy jugular against Donald Trump, equating his past statements on universal health care to positions held by President Barack Obama and Hillary ...
Mike Huckabee’s Home Stretch
Des Moines, Iowa – Mike Huckabee is back where it all began. And where it soon might end.
Eight years ago, the little-known former Arkansas governor became a political celebrity when he won the Iowa caucuses after surging in the final ...
As GOP Race Tightens, the Knives Come Out in Charleston
North Charleston, S.C. — The seven candidates on the main stage here Thursday evening attacked harder, pushed back more forcefully, and battled more fiercely than ever. Just 18 days from the Iowa caucuses, the aperture is narrowing, and the Republican primary ...
Paul Ryan, Haunted by the Past and Concerned for the GOP’s Future, Puts Poverty in the Spotlight
Columbia, S.C. — Paul Ryan isn’t running for president in 2016, but that’s not stopping him from attempting to set the agenda for his Republican party, or from trying to prevent its eventual nominee from repeating the mistakes his ...
Pelosi's Win: A Lost Opportunity for Democrats
Nancy Pelosi won reelection Wednesday to her post as House Democratic leader, holding off a long-shot challenge from Ohio congressman Tim Ryan. The day before, she made a revealing comment to the Huffington Post (in bold):
“This election is not ...
One Week Later: Why I Got 2016 Wrong
I’ve found that in order to successfully cover politics — and campaigns in particular — it’s necessary to trust two things:
1) My own political instincts, so I can ignore “conventional wisdom” and figure out what’s really going on.
2) Outside ...
Trump Bulldozes Blue Wall, Wins White House
New York — Donald John Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, having bested Hillary Clinton in what can be considered the biggest upset in American political history.
The man who has defied the expectations of political observers ...
My Prediction: Clinton 322, Trump 216
Welcome to Election Day.
For several months in this space I have analyzed the electoral map and sought to determine whether Donald Trump has a path to 270 electoral votes (EVs). Despite the tipsy-turvey nature of 2016, the fundamentals of the race ...
Life on the Inside: Mike Pence’s Turbulent Trip with Donald Trump
LaGuardia Airport, N.Y. — We struck the runway with a thud and felt the wheels clawing for traction on the rain-blanketed tarmac, but it hardly seemed an emergency. The Boeing 737 gradually slowed until it reached an ungraceful standstill, at which ...
Can the GOP Overcome Demographic Change in Red States?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article first appeared in the November 7, 2016, issue of NR.
Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Salem, Va. — Lee Stauffacher and Pam McKinney love their home state of California — its paradisiacal climate, its sublime topography — but they had to ...
In Las Vegas, a Tale of Two Debates
Las Vegas — Donald Trump saved his best for last, and his best wasn’t good enough.
It was a tale of two debates — and two elections — here on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where the Republican ...
Bloody Sunday: Trump and Clinton Battle in St. Louis
St. Louis — This city’s professional football team relocated to Los Angeles in the offseason, but for one Sunday this fall, its residents had front-row seats to a different kind of contact sport.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to ...
Trump's Legacy Will Haunt GOP Beyond 2016
Donald Trump’s latest self-inflicted trauma — an 11-year-old recording on which he can be heard recalling his unwanted advances on a married woman and boasting that his celebrity allows him to get away with sexual assault — should not be remembered ...
Clinton Desperate for Early Edge in Iowa
Des Moines – “I, O, W, A! You should go and vote today!”
Such is the battle cry greeting many hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters as they stream out of her campaign rally here Thursday afternoon, heading east to escape a ...
Did Donald Trump Just Become the Front-runner?
Just before Labor Day, National Review published a story assessing Donald Trump’s standing in the nation’s key battleground states, based on loads of demographic data and post-convention polling. The piece sought to determine whether Trump had any realistic ...
Is the House Up for Grabs?
With Donald Trump lagging in the polls and proving a drag on Republican Senate candidates up and down the East Coast, some are beginning to wonder not just whether the GOP will lose in November, but how devastating the losses ...
Inside Trump’s Conquest of America's Most Conservative Districts
When Representative Mark Meadows filed his motion to vacate the chair, effectively calling for the removal of John Boehner as speaker of the House, he accused the Republican leader of constricting the legislative process, consolidating power atop the party, and — ...
Three Reasons Paul Ryan Avoided Eric Cantor’s Fate
It was a steamy summer night on June 10, 2014, when Eric Cantor, then the majority leader of the House of Representatives, suffered a stunning defeat in Virginia’s seventh congressional district. Despite his national profile, a healthy campaign war chest, and ...
Ryan: I Never Asked For Trump's Endorsement
The Republican speaker of the House is, for all intents and purposes, calling the Republican presidential nominee a liar.
The backstory: In Wisconsin’s first congressional district, Paul Ryan faces a quixotic primary challenge from little-known businessman Paul Nehlen, who ...
Trump Caps Divided Convention with Uncharacteristic Discipline
Cleveland — For the better part of four days, the Republican National Convention had been less about Donald Trump than about the flotsam of the Republican party left in his wake — and the attempts of its members to cobble together a ...
Ted Cruz Isn’t Changing a Thing
Cleveland — As soon as Ted Cruz dropped his bid for the presidency on May 3rd — after a 17-point shellacking in Indiana at the hands of Donald Trump – the Texas senator’s team began preparing for his next presidential run. Top ...
RNC Suspense: Will Cruz's Name be Placed Into Nomination?
CLEVELAND — We might soon witness a final bit of procedural drama here at the Republican National Convention.
According to multiple GOP sources, a faction of Ted Cruz loyalists is weighing whether to formally enter his name into nomination during Tuesday ...
'Never Trump' Dies With a Whimper in Rules Committee
CLEVELAND — The “Never Trump” movement died with a whimper Thursday night. And to be clear: There was never a bang to begin with.
After months of hype — and weeks of misleading media narratives — the efforts to derail Donald Trump at ...
Cruz, Walker to Make 2020 Pitches in Cleveland
Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are both slated to speak at next week’s Republican National Convention, at which Donald Trump will be coronated as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
But in the minds of many anti-Trump conservatives, the 2020 campaign ...
Cruz Shakes Up Senate Office, Expands Political Operation
Ted Cruz has been conspicuously silent since his return to Capitol Hill from the campaign trail, but the gears, as always, are turning. Behind closed doors Cruz has been supervising the vast expansion of his electoral enterprise, integrating the operations ...
Everyone Is Afraid of Enid Mickelsen
Enid Mickelsen will be the establishment’s enforcer at this summer’s GOP convention, working on behalf of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to squash dissent and facilitate the uneventful nomination of Donald J. Trump.
That is, unless Mickelsen ...
Trump Struggles to Close the Deal with Evangelicals
New York — Donald Trump began his summit with social conservatives here Tuesday by promising to stay for as long as it would take to answer their questions and address their concerns.
But after an uneventful 75 minutes during which he fielded ...
Gov. Branstad's Son to Lead Trump's Iowa Campaign
Eric Branstad, the son of six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, will lead presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign in the Hawkeye State, according to multiple GOP sources.
Reached for comment, Eric Branstad says he attended the Trump campaign’s “...
For Paul Ryan, everything was going according to plan.
It was a sunny Tuesday morning, and the speaker of the House, joined by seven congressional Republicans, had just wrapped up a meeting with community leaders at a rehab center in ...
Senator Barrasso to Lead GOP Platform Committee
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming will chair the Platform Committee at this summer’s Republican National Convention, and his co-chairs will be Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin and North Carolina congresswoman Virginia Foxx, according to a source familiar with the appointments.
Exclusive: In Koch World ‘Realignment,’ Less National Politics
On a frigid Tuesday in February, a team of top political operatives from the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the umbrella group that controls political activities for the sprawling donor network led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, arrived ...
Cruz to Name Fiorina as Running Mate
Ted Cruz will announce today his selection of Carly Fiorina as his running mate for the presidency, a source familiar with the decision tells National Review.
It could not be confirmed what precise language Cruz will use in making the ...
Fact vs. Fiction: A Guide to This Week’s RNC Meeting and July’s Convention Rules
The Standing Committee on Rules will take center stage this week at the RNC’s spring meeting in Florida. Reporters, convention delegates, and campaign officials will hover over the group’s gathering, ready to seize on the slightest proposed tweak ...
Wisconsin: Tipping Point for Cruz vs. Trump?
Brookfield, Wis. — One week before Wisconsin’s presidential primary, Ted Cruz stood before hundreds of supporters in this Milwaukee suburb and cast the contest in sweeping terms, framing it as a “battleground” where forces opposed to Donald Trump could turn ...
Fiorina: No 'Deal' to Become Cruz's Running Mate
Milwaukee — Carly Fiorina says no “deal” has been struck with Ted Cruz to become his running mate, but she won’t rule out joining the GOP ticket should he emerge as the nominee.
Her remarks came moments after Cruz identified ...
How 'Michael Jordan' Missed His Shot: The Story of Marco Rubio's Epic Underachievement
Miami — “I loved watching Michael Jordan play basketball, because he could do things with the basketball that were not teachable,” Whit Ayres, a highly regarded Republican pollster, said in between sips of coffee in a downtown D.C. hotel conference ...
Rebuttals to Trump's Path in the Rust Belt
Predictably, there was plenty of disagreement with Wednesday’s story, “Michigan Shows Trump Could Redraw Electoral Map vs. Clinton,” which outlined Trump’s not-totally-implausible path to the White House by winning four Rust Belt states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin) ...
GOP Implosion Accelerates in Motor City Wreck
Detroit — It was not immediately clear which of the four remaining candidates won Thursday’s Republican presidential debate here. But there was no shortage of losers.
Marco Rubio, needing a strong performance to reassure donors and persuade voters ahead of ...
Keep an Eye on Oklahoma Tonight
Rival campaigns expect Donald Trump to clean up on Super Tuesday, winning a majority of the 11 nominating contests, securing the most delegates from them, and padding his overall lead in the delegate hunt.
That said, keep an eye on Oklahoma ...
Conservative Leaders Hedge on Support for Cruz
A group of conservative activist leaders that voted late last year to endorse Ted Cruz over Marco Rubio held a conference call Tuesday to re-evaluate their positions based on new developments in the Republican presidential race, according to multiple sources ...
Jeb Bush and the Death of a Dynasty
As the sun came up over South Beach on June 15, 2015, it was good to be Jeb Bush.
Florida’s former two-term governor had certainly endured turbulence in the six months since a low-grade Facebook video announced that he would explore ...
The GOP Delegate Fight Begins Tonight
Charleston, S.C. – The first four contests in the Republican primary are about building momentum and proving viability; the contests from March onward are about collecting enough delegates to secure the nomination. At least, that’s the conventional wisdom among ...
The Downside of Nikki Haley's Endorsement
Charleston, S.C. – What a difference one week makes.
Last Wednesday, following an embarrassing fifth-place showing in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio was on the ropes. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were heading into South Carolina as firm first- and second-place ...
What Exit Polls Reveal About 2016's GOP Electorate
Manchester, N.H. — With two nominating contests down and dozens more to go, we’re only just beginning to get a glimpse of the voting patterns that will define the Republican electorate in 2016.
Still, there is already much to learn ...
Marco Rubio's New Hampshire Nightmare Scenario
Bedford, N.H. — Marco Rubio might have a major problem on his hands heading into South Carolina: Jeb Bush.
We don’t know which, if any, of the three governors — Bush, John Kasich, or Chris Christie — will capitalize on Rubio’...
Christie Revels in Rubio Takedown — But Did It Come Too Late?
Exeter, N.H. — Chris Christie said Sunday that Marco Rubio is no longer “the anointed one” after he tripped up during last night’s presidential debate, responding to Christie’s criticisms with a performance that has indeed disrupted the momentum ...
'New York Values' Cost Trump, and Six Other Lessons from Iowa's Entrance Polls
Iowa didn’t just give political junkies their first set of results to pore over; it gave them their most accurate look yet at the moods, priorities, and preferences of the 2016 electorate.
Unlike polling done by media outlets, academic institutions, ...
RNC Officials Visit Iowa to Observe Caucuses
Des Moines, Iowa – A week ago I reported that Iowa GOP officials had invited Republican National Committee members to visit Iowa during the caucuses, so they could get an up-close look at what they’re confident will be a much-improved ...
In Trump's Absence, His Rivals Bloody One Another to a Draw
Des Moines, Iowa — Fox News’s Megyn Kelly called him “the elephant not in the room.” And yet, improbably, Donald Trump seemed somehow to emerge victorious from the last GOP presidential debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
The Republican front-runner, ...
Vander Plaats Fires Back at Trump, Mocks 'Two Corinthians'
Ottumwa, Iowa – Hours after Donald Trump took to Twitter to hurl a series of insults and accusations at Bob Vander Plaats, the influential Iowa Evangelical and Ted Cruz backer, Vander Plaats returned fire during a Cruz rally here Tuesday afternoon.
GOP Officials in Iowa and New Hampshire Fight to Stay Atop the Nominating Calendar
As Republican officials in Iowa and New Hampshire prepare to host the first two elections of this year’s presidential campaign, they’re working feverishly behind the scenes to ensure it’s not their final turn at the front of ...
Rubio’s Team Plots Path to Nomination: Third in Iowa, Second in N.H., First in S.C.
Ottumwa, Iowa — After facing questions for months over his passive campaign approach and his unwillingness to identify one of the early nominating states as a launching pad, Marco Rubio and his senior aides have begun sharing a specific blueprint for ...
South Carolina’s Critical GOP Primary Race Is Wide Open
Charleston, S.C. – Ted Cruz wins Iowa. Donald Trump wins New Hampshire. Then what?
It’s a question that Republicans are beginning to ponder this week as they travel here for Thursday’s presidential debate and the Republican National Committee’...
Rubio Campaign Snags Prominent Strategist Gary Marx
Marco Rubio’s campaign has hired Gary Marx, a prominent Republican strategist with deep ties to the evangelical world, as his senior adviser for conservative outreach, NRO has learned.
Marx was previously working on behalf of Scott Walker, and became ...