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John Kasich’s Home-Field Advantage

March 14, 2016 WEST CHESTER, Ohio—Late last month, the But­ler County Re­pub­lic­an Party un­veiled Rick San­tor­um, the pres­id­en­tial-can­did­ate-turned-Marco-Ru­bio-sur­rog­ate, as the head­line speak­er for its an­nu­al Lin­coln Day din­ner here. Or­gan­izers were ex­pect­ing re­cord at­tend­ance, and not just be­cause the event would take place three days be­fore the Ohio primary. The party was also...

Graham Drops Out of Presidential Race

December 21, 2015 Lind­sey Gra­ham has sus­pen­ded his long-shot bid for the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion. “While we have run a cam­paign that has made a real dif­fer­ence, I have con­cluded this is not my time,” the South Car­o­lina sen­at­or said in a video mes­sage emailed to sup­port­ers Monday morn­ing. Gra­ham struggled to gain...

Exit Lindsey Graham, Veteran and NatSec Pro

December 21, 2015 Correction: An earlier headline said Graham was the last military veteran in the 2016 presidential race; Jim Gilmore is. Lind­sey Gra­ham has sus­pen­ded his long-shot bid for the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion. “While we have run a cam­paign that has made a real dif­fer­ence, I have con­cluded this is not my...

Presidential Campaigns Use Virginia Elections as Opportunity to Qualify for 2016 Primary

November 4, 2015 After serving eight terms in Con­gress, Tom Cole­man got used to ask­ing people to vote for him. This Elec­tion Day, though, Cole­man camped out in front of a Vir­gin­ia pre­cinct ask­ing for sig­na­tures on be­half of an­oth­er can­did­ate. As voters ar­rived at Wash­ing­ton Mill Ele­ment­ary School in Al­ex­an­dria on a...

Rick Perry Will Be Banking on His Military Service in 2016

June 4, 2015 In a field as crowded as Republicans' 2016 presidential scramble, a candidate needs defining characteristics to stand out from the pack. It's a challenge for any candidate, and an especially difficult one for Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The race has other former governors, other social conservatives, other fiscal conservatives, and...

Poll Says Obama is More Popular Than Any of the 2016 Candidates

May 5, 2015 As American voters prepare to move on from President Obama in next year's election, a new poll suggests they actually like him better right now than any of his most likely replacements. In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, pollsters asked whether people felt positively or negatively toward Obama and...

GOP 2016 Hopefuls Line Up To Endorse Letter to Iran

March 11, 2015 The GOP's 2016 contenders aren't just rallying behind a controversial letter Senate Republicans sent to Tehran. Many are eager to affix their signatures. Most potential Republican presidential candidates have now expressed support for the letter signed by 47 GOP senators, warning Iran that the next president could easily undo any...

Joe Biden Says 'There's a Chance' He Might Run for President

January 21, 2015 Joe Biden isn't closing the door on 2016. On Good Morning America on Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos asked the vice president if there's a chance he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. "Yes, there's a chance," Biden responded. "But I haven't made up my mind." And in an interview...

GOP Governors Eyeing the White House Have Plenty to Lose at Home

December 19, 2014 Wielded well, the power of a governor can serve as a massive advantage in the prelude to a presidential run. It's a chance to cement a set of legislative achievements to tout on the campaign trail, and it provides a high-profile platform for espousing one's vision of how a government...

Democrats on the Trail Want Shinseki Fired

May 23, 2014 The Veterans Affairs scandal isn't bad just for President Obama. Witness the growing chorus of Democratic congressional candidates desperate to get some distance from the administration. This week, would-be Democratic officeholders from moderate- and conservative-leaning districts started to call on Obama to fire VA Secretary Eric Shinseki after accusations that...

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