presidential race

Power Brokers: Kaptur on Sanders’ Campaign, Clinton’s Historic Moment
 

Ahead of Fourth Debate, Republican Confidence in Bush Falters

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But ahead of the debate, the latest The Economist/YouGov poll shows the percentage of Republicans who think Bush could win the general election falling.  

The poll, released Tuesday, shows only 44 percent of Republicans think Bush could win the general election, regardless of who emerges as the Democratic nominee. That's down from 53 percent from just two weeks ago.  

With the Senate Up for Grabs, All Eyes Are on the Presidential Race

Democrats think that Trump at the top of the ticket will make their path to control of the Senate easier. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Among those watching the White House race most closely a year from Election Day are those who stand to gain the most from the top-of-the-ticket contest. House and Senate candidates from both parties know their fates are closely tied to the fortunes of their parties’ respective presidential nominees and the tenor of the national conversation next November.  

“Obviously the national environment is something that, to a certain extent, we have very little control over,” NRSC Communications Director Andrea Bozek said. “So our mentality is to prepare for the worst-case scenario.”  

Would Jim Webb Do Any Better as an Independent?

At the National Press Club Tuesday, Webb announced that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In this campaign that has given an early rise to political outsiders, experts say there could be a place for a presidential candidate to run as an independent for president of the United States.  

The question is whether Jim Webb is that candidate.  

Trump Camp Wants Club for Growth Attack Ads Pulled

Trump, a bully in the eyes of some of his rivals, says he is the one being bullied this time. (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

A week after the conservative Club for Growth launched a $1 million ad buy in Iowa slamming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s conservative credentials, the Republican front-runner fired back Tuesday.  

In a scathing letter, Trump’s general counsel Alan Garten called the 16-year-old conservative organization a “pitiful little group,” said it “shamelessly attempted to extort Mr. Trump to the tune of $1 million” in exchange for its endorsement, and demanded that it remove its two ads from the air. The episode pits the Club for Growth, a group that typically supports candidates who are a thorn in the establishment’s side, against Trump, one of the greatest thorns the Republican Party’s establishment has felt. It’s also placed a politician who has been referred to as a bully – from derogatory comments about women such as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, entertainer Rosie O’Donnell and Republican presidential opponent Carly Fiorina, to remarks about Republican Sen. John McCain’s heroism in the military – in the position where he claims he is the one being bullied.

Graham Looks at Early States as 'the Way Forward'

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GREENVILLE, S.C. At a Republican primary debate watch party in suburban Charleston last week, there was something missing: any sign of support for home-state Sen. Lindsey Graham.  

Ted Cruz Opens His Playbook for the 'SEC Primary'

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Roll Call on the Road logo HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sen. Ted Cruz said the turnout and raucous reception he received Sunday at a pair of campaign rallies in Alabama reminded him of the Iron Bowl.  

GOP Pollster to Christian Group: Balance Ideology With Electability

Bolger said Republicans will have to quickly rally around their presidential candidate if the nominating process stretches into the summer. (File Photo by Tom Williams/Roll Call).

A top Republican pollster on Friday stressed to a gathering of the Christian right the need for an electable Republican presidential nominee, saying a nominee who can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton is a top priority among Republican voters.

With a wide open Republican field, Glen Bolger told the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference his research shows that for GOP voters, electability might outweigh how close a candidate aligns to their values.

Cruz, Paul and Rubio Make Their Case to the Faithful

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Of the three presidential candidates who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday, there was no question whom the audience was waiting for.  

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walked on and offstage to raucous applause. The 300 or so lunching faithful erupted into cheers even before his introduction was complete.