Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Senate GOP voted Monday on its leadership for the 111th Congress. The results:
• Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell, KY
• Min. Whip Jon Kyl, AZ
• GOP Conference Chair Lamar Alexander, TE
• GOP Policy Cmte Chair John Ensign, NV
• GOP Conference vice chair John Thune, SD
• NRSC Chair John Cornyn, TX
Looks like GOP House Leader OH Congressman John Boehner will likely keep his position as Minority Leader. There was a half hearted attempt by California Congressman Dan Lungren, part of very conservative GOP Study Group, to run against Boehner.
MO Congressman Roy Blunt stepped down from is position as number two Republican in the house. VA Congressman Eric Cantor will likely ascend to his post as Minority Whip. Cantor is currently Deputy Whip.
The number three House Republican, FL Congressman Adam Putnam, also is stepping down from Conference Chair and IN Congressman Mike Pence has been recruited by Boehner. Pence is a name that might be familiar, as he was speculated to be on McCain’s short list. He is ultra conservative.
TX Congressman Pete Sessions is running for the NRCC Chair against the current Chair, OK Congressman Tom Cole. Boehner has put his weight behind Sessions. Cole and Boehner have clashed in the past, and said that Sessions was the right person to rebuild the majority coalition, recruit great candidates, and get them the support they need.
Michael Steel, former lieutenant Governor of Maryland and unsuccessful US Senate candidate, announced that he is seeking election as chairman of the RNC. It is still unclear if current Chairman Mike Duncan will run for re-election.
Normally the party chair is appointed by the President if the Republicans have control of the White House- now the selection will be left up to RNC members.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Last week, the Republican Governors' Association convened for the annual Republican Governors' Association conference. Although AK’s Gov. and former VP candidate Sarah Palin was the media’s sweetheart, it was the other governors who gave substantive policy ideas and a clear vision for the future of the Party. Their ideas were varying, some calling to go further right and to seize on the successful passage of anti-gay marriage initiatives which passed in several states. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who wants the Party to go even further right on social issues, forgot to mention the resounding rejection of all the abortion restriction initiatives -- the far right’s other favorite topic. On the other sid, Gov. Charlie Crist asked for the Party to look beyond divisive social issues and said:
“Those issues are very important, but there’s a lot of issues that people care deeply about, that affect their lives in a real way, every single day. If you’re going to be successful in this business, you have to win a majority. It’s not just a majority of Republicans, it’s not just a majority of Democrats, it’s a majority of the people.”
Hopefully, Republican will hear the warnings coming from party leaders such as Crist. The country has too many pressing issues that Americans deal with everyday to focus on social issues. The Party needs real solutions that Americans can connect to. Republicans need a new vision and it should be one of common sense, real solutions, focusing on personal freedom and an honest look into the future while rejecting tired policies of the past.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In Presidential news, John McCain has won West Virginia, Alabama, Utah, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Barack Obama has won New Mexico and Iowa.
Ohio has been called for Senator Barack Obama.
North Dakota Governor John Hoeven (R) has won re-election.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R) has won re-election in Kentucky, along with fellow Republican Pat Roberts in Kansas.
Senator Tom Udall (NM) has won, changing the open seat from red to blue. In South Dakota, Sen. Tim Johnson (D) has won re-election.
In the House elections, Florida-24 is now a blue district. Rep. Tom Feeney lost his bid for re-election to Suzanne Kosmas.
John McCain has been called as the winner in Arkansas, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) has lost her North Carolina seat to Democrat Kay Hagan. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) has won re-election in New Jersey. Sen. John Sununu (R) has lost his seat to Jeanne Shaheen (D) in New Hampshire.
Real Republican Majority is happy to announce the re-election of Senator Susan Collins in Maine. She exemplifies the real Republican values of the GOP and is a strong voice for the moderate majority in the Senate.
On the Presidential level:
Obama has been called as the winner of New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut.
McCain has been called as the winner of South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
In the Senate:
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) and Sen. Joe Biden (DE) have won re-election.
In the Gubernatorial elections, the Missouri open seat that was Republican is now Democratic. Delaware is staying blue, along with New Hampshire.
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) has won re-election in Indiana.
Gov. Joe Manchin (D) has won re-election in West Virginia.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) has won re-election in West Virginia.
Stay tuned- at 8 PM, 15 more states will close their polls, along with the District of Columbia. Swing states in this group include Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
Vermont is expected to go to Barack Obama
Kentucky is expected to go to John McCain
Virginia’s Senate seat that is open due to Senator John Warner retiring is being called for the Democratic candidate, Mark Warner.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has won re-election in South Carolina.
The next states to close at 7:30 are Ohio and West Virginia, two more pivotal states in these elections. Stay tuned throughout the evening for more information.
RMC Colorado members report that turnout in the state will well exceed 2 million voters. 1.7M of an expected 2.1-2.5M votes have been mail-in/early voting. And since the clerks can start processing 10 days prior to today, a very large % of results are expected to be released shortly after the polls close at 7pm MST.
Efforts to stop the dangerous Amendment 48 are moving in full force and we are proud to report that things are looking good that 48 will be defeated - hopefully by a large margin.
In California, voters seem to be leaning more to our side in voting against Proposition 4, another ballot initiative that would allow big government to interfere in private doctor-patient relationships and place teenagers in danger. Just days ago the polls had us down; but it's been trending more in the “NO” vote direction over the weekend and we are urging every CA voter to get out and vote no matter how late- every vote will count.
Members in the important swing state of Virginia are reporting long lines across the state and the lines are saturated with voters, both blue Democratic sample ballots as well as red Republican sample ballots. In short, this race remains a true swing state in the Presidential elections. Early reports are that many traditional GOP voters are crossing lines to support Democrat Mark Warner for US Senate. This is the seat that is being vacated by retiring GOP Senator John Warner.
Moderate Republican Rudy Giuliani was covered today with his thoughts that Senator McCain "has got to win all the states that are Republican states. In other words, he’s gotta bring back all the Republican voters” Giuliani believes that is still a strong possibility.
Analysts are reporting that this election will produce the largest percentage of voters in 100 years - in 1908 66% of voters turned out the highest percentage to date - this year is likely to break that record.
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It’s a cold morning in Norwalk, CT, but the energy at Rep. Chris Shays’s campaign headquarters is more than enough to combat the cold. The team is confident that the race is going well, and we’ve been hearing only positive things from the staff and large group of volunteers, however Congressman Shays still needs every vote he can get in this race.
One thing that is great about Congressman Shays is how positive his race has been. Shays, a real Republican, firmly believes in keeping races clean and positive instead of concentrating on the negative. That has made many voters support Shays and his style of campaigning. We’ll keep updating you from Norwalk- Bethany is out at a polling place and will check in soon, so keep your eye out for that.
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Monday, November 3, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
There are just five days left before the elections. We know that many Americans are excited to see what will happen Tuesday night. Real Republican Majority will be updating throughout the day as exit polling numbers are reported and results come in. In the meantime, we’d like to again remind you about early voting options that are available in 35 states, along with the Nation’s Capitol. Please click here to learn about early voting, and make sure you are ready to VOTE, either early or Nov. 4th, and make your voice heard during these historic elections.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Early voting has opened up in 35 states, along with the
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Tonight is the second Presidential debate for Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. The debate will focus on economic and domestic policy issues, though the economic issues are expected to dominate most of the debate. This evening’s forum will be held in a “town hall” style that tends to favor Senator McCain, while traditional debate formats are Senator Obama’s strength. The debates will run at 9 PM on all major news networks, where they will be hosted from
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
A new poll shows that support for Sarah Palin is beginning to slip, mainly due to what voters perceive as lack of experience. An area that Palin as a lot of ground to make up for is with independent women voters. Nearly three in ten independent women have intensely unfavorable opinions of her, more than twice the proportion holding such views of Biden.
The debate starts tonight at 9:00 EST and will be carried on most major networks.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
This week is the highly anticipated Vice Presidential debate on Thursday October 2nd. After that, a town hall style debate between the presidential nominees is scheduled for next week.
How do real Republicans feel about the debate?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
President Bush invited both candidates to the White House along with leaders from the Hill to work on the economic bailout. Both camps say the current $700 billion bailout plan is flawed and both have accepted the invitation.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The two men have different orator styles. Obama is a highly sophisticated scripted orator but his performances off script in some of the primary debates have been ineffective. McCain is a bit more clumsy when scripted but has a knack for off the cuff/one-on-one situations.
Also schedule for next week is the Vice Presidential debate. This debate might actually be more watched and scrutinized then the presidential debates. Biden is known for his tough style and is a seasoned veteran of Washington. But Sarah “Barracuda” Palin might not be easy prey for Biden.
Below is the complete debate schedule.
September 26, 2008: Presidential debate with foreign policy focus, University of Mississippi
October 2, 2008: Vice Presidential debate, Washington University
October 7, 2008: Presidential debate in a town hall format, Belmont University
October 15, 2008: Presidential debate with domestic policy focus, Hofstra University
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
On Tuesday, current State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins beat a better financed, more recognizable candidate - but one who has a record of being extremely conservative - to be the GOP nominee for
In races across the country, moderate candidates are beating out socially conservative candidates who only serve to alienate independent voters and continue driving a wedge in our Party. Jenkins ran a positive campaign as a fiscal conservative, social moderate and real Republican. If elected, she will bring change to
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In races across the country moderate candidates are beating out socially conservative candidates who only serve to alienate independent voters and to continue driving a wedge in our Party. Jenkins ran a positive campaign as a fiscal conservative, social moderate and real Republican. She will bring change to Washington and change to the GOP.
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Friday, July 25, 2008
This leads to the next big question: who will share the ticket with him?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Cannon had a cash lead and strong name identification. He also secured important conservative endorsements from The American Conservative Union and President Bush, who remains popular in Utah. But Chaffetz was able to paint Cannon as an insufficient conservative on issues like immigration. Chaffetz is likely to beat the Democratic nominee Bennion Spencer, a former television reporter.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Charlie is a real Republican with common sense solutions for some of our nation’s greatest challenges like healthcare and energy dependence. Charlie’s background in the armed forces as well as serving as State Senator gives him the experience and insight to be a great leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Charlie’s opponent was Dean Scontras who ran to the extreme right. He received the National Right to Life Endorsement. The results show how strong the moderate majority is in Maine: 59% Summers and 41% Scontras.
Charlie will face Democrat Chellie Pingree for the open seat in November. Though she will be a tough opponent, she is very liberal and the Summers Campaign knows that he more accurately reflects the people of Maine’s First District.
Senator Susan Collins who is a strong voice for the moderate majority in the U.S. Senate was also on the ballot. She faced no opposition. Representative Tom Allen won the Democratic nomination to challenge Collins. This will be a tough race for Collins but her record of common sense and the work she has done for the people of Maine will be tough for Allen to beat.
Tune in RealRepublicanMajority.org for more election updates.
Monday, June 9, 2008
GOP Nominee Sen. John McCain is also working hard to start attracting the Clinton vote. On his new Campaign blog, his staffers congratulated Clinton on a historic campaign, and also posted a picture of McCain and Clinton together. McCain has voiced his respect for Senator Clinton and Obama.
In other news, moderate Republican Charlie Summers has his primary in Maine tomorrow for the 1st Congressional District. Charlie has recently returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq and has been working hard to reach out and turn out voters. Charlie is a real common-sense Republican, and we urge Maine voters to vote for Charlie Summers tomorrow in the primary.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
GOP nominee John McCain officially kicked off his general campaign last night in Los Angeles against Obama. He said that Obama stands for the wrong type of change, one that has failed in the past. He continued that no matter who wins the election the country will change but that we have a choice between the right change and the wrong change.
In other primaries, former Rep. Dick Zimmer won the GOP nomination for New Jersey Senate race. He will now face incumbent Frank Lautenberg. Zimmer is a real Republican who is focused on returning the GOP to the core tenants of fiscal responsibility and limiting government intrusions in our lives.
Stay tuned to RealRepublicanMajority.org blog for up dates on all the election coverage.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
In other election news, today is the last Presidential primary taking place in Montana and South Dakota. Will the Democrats finally wrap it up? It is anybody’s guess. Clinton has a speech planned in New York which aides have described as a “farewell address”. Obama’s camp is synchronizing the endorsement of at least eight House and Senate superdelegates. All indications are pointing towards Obama being the Democratic nominee by the end of the week. However, Clinton continues to make the electability case to Party insiders. We will continue to monitor.
We will keep you posted on developments for all the primaries around the country.
Monday, June 2, 2008
The rule change has not drastically affected the delegate standing. Clinton still trails by 176 delegates while Obama is less then 50 shy of the new magical number of 2,118.
The other news in the Democratic primary race was Senator Clinton’s win in Puerto Rico. This was a rather lopsided victory in the mostly ceremonial primary. The final results were Clinton 62%, Obama 32%.
This is the last week of primaries in South Dakota and Montana. The week’s end could bring resolution to the Democratic nomination process. Insiders say that Clinton is poised to concede, but she continues to run ads in MT and SD that tout her lead in the popular vote. She still seems willing to take it all the way to the Convention and the Credentials Committee. It is easy to wonder if she is just holding out for a VP promise or another high profile administration position before she is willing to concede.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In last night’s other primary, Kentucky, the results there continue to expose his biggest weakness: white working class voters. Obama may have easily won Oregon but Clinton trounced Obama in Kentucky, 65 to 30. Clinton says she will continue to forge ahead to the last contests and is still lobbying to get the delegations from Florida and Michigan seated at the Convention. With only two weeks and three contests left (Montana, South Dakota and Puerto Rico), Senator Clinton is running out of options.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Even with the huge win Clinton still did not close the delegate gap, and the calls for her to bow out of the race are getting louder. Next week are the Kentucky and Oregon primaries. Clinton is favored to win Kentucky and Obama Oregon.
Yesterday also saw Democrat Travis Childers winning the special election in Mississippi. This is the third special election that Republicans have lost in solidly conservative districts. The losses have prompt questions on whether or not there needs to be a shake up in Republican leadership.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Also, today is the West Virginia primary and Senator Clinton is expected to win big. She will use the likely win to continue to raise doubts on the Democratic front runner Senator Barack Obama’s electability, particularly among white working class voters. Obama’s campaign currently seems to be shifting his attention from Clinton to Republican nominee Senator John McCain in what will likely be the general match-up.
Next week is the Kentucky primary which Clinton is also highly favored to win.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Long lines have already been reported in both states. Indiana has 72 delegates tied to today’s primary and North Carolina has 115. It is unlikely that the results will make a substantial change to the delegate race as the outcomes will likely be very close. Currently it is estimated that Obama has 1,745 and Clinton 1,602. To secure the nomination they would need 2,025 delegates, a number neither is likely to obtain. We will keep you updated on news from today’s primaries.
Monday, May 5, 2008
What do these loses signal for the chances of the GOP in November? In both races the GOP candidates were flawed, both had mounted several unsuccessful campaigns in the past and had a reputation for losing. Jenkins was not a good fit for the district. He has a record of being too far to the right and unabashed pro-lifer who resorts to tactics like displaying plastic fetuses to make his point. He relayed too heavily on divisive issues and hoped to turn out the social conservatives while the Democratic candidate, who is also pro-life, focused on health care and the economy, two issues that better connected with the voters.
Although these loses can be contributed to weak candidates the GOP will have a tough time in November if they continue to push such divisive issues and ignore the ones people are actually concerned about. Let’s hope that these special elections serve as a wake-up call to the Party and candidates. The past tactics of running on social issues in hopes to turn out the far right base will not win elections any longer. If GOP candidates do not propose commons sense solutions to the real problems that voters care about we will see many more losses in November.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
McCain said in a speech that he has been working “tirelessly” to address the problem of healthcare but he refuses to create another entitlement program that will likely get out of control, nor with he make more federal mandates to states that cannot be properly funded. McCain has also pledged to work with governors and state officials as he continues to devise all the details of the plans. He said he has been inspired by the creativity of some states and how they have addressed the healthcare situation for their residents. He said he will be looking to the best state models and that his plan will be a collaboration of them.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Updated delegate count estimate:
* 2,025 need to secure nomination
Yesterday’s results do not bring the Democrats any closer to a conclusion towards their nomination process. Clinton has won the last three big state primaries, and is able to argue that Obama will have a hard time winning these states, particularly states that make up the Rust Belt come the general election. She has been able to capture blue collar voters better then Obama, an important demographic for the Democrats. However, Obama still leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, and number of contests won. Clinton will have to persuade superdelegates to cast their vote for her because she is the better candidate for the general election, even if the Democratic voters do not agree.
The focus now turns to Indiana and North Carolina, whose primaries take place on May 6th. The tone of the campaigns has been increasingly nasty. It will be interesting to see how this progresses as they move to the next round.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Both campaigns have also sent out scores of volunteers, campaigners and surrogates in massive grassroots efforts across the whole state hoping to reach every voter and make the case for their candidate.
The polls currently see Clinton leading Obama by almost double-digits. Clinton will need a commanding lead tomorrow to show that she is still a viable candidate. She is down in the pledge delegate count, over all votes cast and number of contests won.
We will keep you posted tomorrow on any developments from Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Today President Bush took the recommendation of Gen. Petraeus’ to keep current troop levels but promised that the war is not endless.
Monday, April 7, 2008
One area that the prolonged Democratic Presidential nomination process has hurt McCain is fundraising. He is substantially behind the Democrats in the money race. Many insiders are saying that the lack of media coverage and the fact that McCain seems not part of the race has hurt his ability to fundraise. Republican donors are not yet inspired to write the big checks because they don’t have a Democratic opponent who they want to beat.
Even though he lags in funding McCain runs neck and neck in most of the general match up polling. The last polling shows him running less then a point behind Obama and over two points ahead of Clinton.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The Democratic leadership has contended that the economy will dominate the debate in coming weeks, but next week Gen. Davis Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are scheduled to testify to two committees which the three White House candidates serve on. This will definitely distract from the economic debate. As well Republicans are pushing for a vote on key immigration policy.
As the three most crucial issues come up it is apparent that Capitol Hill is where the presidential campaign will be waging its current battle. All three of these issues propose very tricky options for the candidates that will surely play out until November.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
There are fifteen other candidates vying for the Libertarian nomination that will be decided during their convention held in Denver May 22-26.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Today Senator John McCain promised not to play election year politics and to look at solutions in terms of what will help ease the crisis now. He even suggested that he would be open to ideas that are a tangent to Republican Party lines. Saying “I will not allow dogma to override common sense.” He did say that he does not believe it is the role of the government to bail out people or institutions, small or large, who act irresponsibly. McCain has admitted that compared to his foreign policy and national security credentials he lacks when it comes to economic policy. He is work to change that perception.
Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton have also proposed plans to help ease the strain on the house crisis and the economy. Both plans are similar which call for big government spending and bipartisan committees.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
“It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy — particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.”
The last few weeks have been rocky for the Obama campaign. The airwaves have been filled with video of his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. making racist, anti-American comments at sermons Obama attended. Obama has had a hard time separating himself from these comments which has the potential to unravel his tight coalition of white and black voters. He could not shake the doubts that these comments had caused and told advisors that he wanted to address the public. The Obama campaign has keep race out of much of the debate and hopes to continue to do that. He has two more important speeches planned for the coming weeks on other topics.
Full transcript of the speech
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The race now continues on to the Pennsylvania primary on April 22, where 188 delegates are up for grabs. Pennsylvania will be an interesting state and is still anyone’s to win. Clinton seems to fare well in larger states, but will the last two wins in WY and MI help give Obama a bump? Will Clinton continue the attack ads that seemed to help secure her March 4th victories in TX, OH and RI? It will be a long six weeks for the people of Pennsylvania.
As the Democrats continue to bash each other the Republicans are coalescing around nominee John McCain. Last week former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was named Chair of the Victory Committee by the RNC. She will lead fundraising and get-out the vote efforts. After Easter McCain plans to launch his general campaigning starting with a biographical tour around the country In the mean time the Democrats will continue to be duking it out, unless a backroom deal is broker. Neither candidate seems willing to budge though.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Clinton won both the MI and FL primaries but Obama's name did not even appear on the ballot in MI and the candidates had agreed to not campaign in FL. The DNC could just seat the delegates as the results are now, an option the Obama camp obviously does not favor. This also puts the Party in the position of looking weak. States would not be afraid of reprisal and could start holding primaries before Christmas 2012. They could always hold new primaries. The estimated cost of doing so could be in the tens of millions of dollars. Florida has said that would hold a new primary but the DNC would have to ante up the $18 million to do so. With the cost of launching a national campaign on the horizon, the DNC could not afford to spend $18 million on new primaries. There is the option of holding caucuses. The Clinton camp has said they would not participate in caucuses. And of course the DNC could just stick to their guns and punish the states for breaking Party rules. That would upset two very pivotal states come November.
Ultimately this Democratic in-fighting can only help the Republicans. As the Republican Party comes together to build a strategy to win the general, the Democrats will still be figuring out their nominee. No option makes everyone happy so the Democrats are going to have unhappy voters on their hands.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Does this endorsement help or hurt McCain? Bush’s approval ratings hang in the 30% range but he continues to have much higher ratings with people who consider themselves conservative. McCain could definitely use help courting the base that are skeptical of his conservative credentials. But general elections come down to independent and moderate voters, an area where the President is very unpopular. Independent voters seem to have been responding to this message of change that the Democrats have been using getting and too cozy with the President might turn off these voters who are ready for a new direction.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Click to read all of McCain’s acceptance speech
The Democratic nominee is still unclear, now more then ever. Senator Hilary Clinton won three of the four primaries: TX, OH and RI. Obama won VT and still leads in the delegate count 1,451 to 1,365.
The next round of primaries for the Democrats are Saturday March 8th in Wyoming and Tuesday March 11th Mississippi. There are only about 60 delegates up for grabs in those primaries. The real fight is over the April 22nd Pennsylvania Primary where they will be battling for 188 delegates.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Democrats appear to still have no end in sight. Many are saying it is a must win for Senator Hillary Clinton who has lost the last eleven primaries. Latest polls show she does lead in OH and the TX race is virtually tied.
McCain continues to shift his focus to the general election and today will give a preview on how he will run his national campaign. He said he will not only focus on the “must win” states, Florida and Ohio, but opt to run a campaign in every state. He even wants to be a competitor in California, traditionally a blue state. The Arizona Senator cited his western roots, environmental commitment and his appeal to Independents as reason he could be a viable candidate in CA.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Bloomberg, however, did not leave himself completely out of the race. He did change his mind about endorsing a candidate stating that this race is too important to stay out of and, “If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House.”
The one-time Democrat, one-time Republican turned Independent has also been mentioned as a good Vice Presidential pick for both McCain and Obama.
Click to read the entire piece in the New York Times
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Now that Senator John McCain has all but secured the Republican nomination, the next important question turns to who will be chosen as his running mate? While logic dictates that he look to someone with the skills to balance his perceived weaknesses, would the best candidate be someone with strong economic policy experience given the uncertain economic times we currently live in? Or will his priorities be centered on a running mate who is trusted by the noisy conservative wing of the GOP to shore up the doubts they have about his candidacy? Perhaps the best choice will be a person whose age balances McCain’s or whose ideology appeals to the middle where most American’s gravitate. And let’s not forget about those Independents that are being so successfully courted by Senator Obama these days. With their numbers and importance growing the choice of the right running mate could well be the key to the outcome of this pivotal national election.
Nary has a day passed when another potential VP candidate is rumored. We’ve all heard about Secretary of State Condelezza Rice, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX.), and 47 year old Governors Tim Pawlenty (MN) and Mark Sanford (SC). Rob Portman, the 52 year old former Office of Management and Budget Director, U.S. Trade Representative and Congressman from Ohio, Senator Mel Martinez (FL) and Governor Charlie Christ also of Florida are more names heard frequently.
While it is clear there is abundant talent within the GOP to choose from, it is equally clear that Senator McCain must select a running mate that has the widest possible appeal to the majority of his Party and to the moderate factions of the electorate, no matter their affiliation.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Huckabee will continue on in the race. There are several weeks now until the next set of primaries, which will be delegate-rich states like Ohio and Texas on March 4th.
On the Democratic side, Obama won in Washington and Wisconsin, along with Hawaii, where only the Democrats competed. This gives Obama ten straight wins over Senator Clinton.
To read the full transcript of McCain's remarks following his victories, click here.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
In total, 56 delegates are at stake today; 37 in Wisconsin and 19 in Washington. On February 9th, Washington State held caucuses which were determined 18 delegates to the National Convention. These delegates, however, will go to the Convention Unpledged, meaning their votes are not tied to any one candidate.
In both Washington and Wisconsin, the type of primary held will be an open primary, meaning that both Independents and Republicans can vote. As we witnessed in earlier states such as New Hampshire, this process benefits Senator McCain who has the ability to bring in Independents to the Republican Party.
With this weekend’s endorsement of Senator McCain by former President George H.W. Bush, Republican support seems to be coalescing around his candidacy.
Governor Huckabee spent time this past weekend campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has stated that he is staying in the race to rally the Republican base, implying the far-right wing of the Republican Party.
To date, McCain has gained 830 delegates compared to Huckabee’s 217. Governor Mitt Romney, who recently dropped out of the race, asked his delegates to switch their support to Senator McCain. Because they are not required to make the automatic shift, McCain’s 830 total does not reflect Romney’s potentially additional 286 delegates.
From his statement:
"Today we are living in a time of war, a new and vastly more complex time
of war. We also have more important challenges at home, chief among them, we
clearly need to address those parts of our economy that demand attention. And at
this critical time in history, the key point I want to make is the United States
of America cannot be permitted to falter. Part of our Republican creed is a
prevailing sense of duty. In the coming election, we do not have the luxury of
taking a pass on our unique role and responsibilities in the world. And the
indisputable fact that unites the greatest number of Republicans, most
independents and many good Democrats is the fact that no one is better prepared
to lead our nation at these trying times than Senator John McCain.
"As someone who also helped lead our great Party at the RNC and later as President, I believe now is the right time for me to help John in his effort to start building the broad-based coalition it will take for our conservative values to carry the White House this fall. His character was forged in the crucible of war. His commitment to America is beyond any doubt. But most importantly, he has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment. So I am very proud to endorse John McCain for the presidency for the United States of America. Few men walking among us have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom, and I am happy to help this remarkable patriot carry our Party's banner forward."
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Political pundits were shocked that the Virginia race took so long to call. What that implies is that conservatives by and large voted for Huckabee, still unable to see McCain as a 'true conservative'.
In the Maryland Congressional race, incumbent moderate Wayne Gilchrest was defeated by far-right candidate Andy Harris. This is a huge loss to moderates across the nation as Congressman Gilchrest has always been an independent thinker and not one who was afraid to stand up for principle. Though the First District is generally a Republican District, the vote totals from last night prove otherwise. Democrats came out to vote in droves.
Some interesting figures:
Republicans Total Votes: 68,775
Democrats Total Votes: 65,541
Gilchrest Votes: 23,342
Harris Votes: 30,853
It is certain that many Gilchrest voters, who are not comfrotable with Harris' extreme positions, will choose to vote Democrat in the Fall. Could this be yet another district handed over to the Democrats?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Senator McCain is expected to sweep all three locations, athought Governor Mike Huckabee has steadily been gaining in Virginia. The more interesting of the races will be on the Democratic side. Senator Barack Obama has a strong lead in the 3 locations; Senator Clinton has downplayed the races and lowered expectations of how well she will do today.
Congressman Gilchrest faces two far-right primary challengers. Gilchrest has been a strong common sense conservative for his district and has been an adamant supporter of environmental conservation, perhaps the most important issue for residents of his District. Unlike what most elected officials face in the rest of the nation, Congressman Gilchrest has been criticized for not being conservative enough. He has separated from the conservative wing of the GOP on some issues, such as the Iraq War, yet has received the endorsement of President Bush and other notable Republicans.
Gilchrest's opponents do not have the knowledge of the District nor the experience and background that Congressman Gilchrest does. Please continue to check back on updates on this election and the results of the presidential primaries today.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Despite Huckabee's wins in Kansas, Louisiana and other more conservative states, Senator McCain has a sizable lead over him in delegates. Estimates stand that McCain has about 723 delegates compared to Huckabee's 217.
The 'Potomac Primaries' take place tomorrow, when Virginia, Maryland and the District will all hold their presidential contests.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
nomination today at the CPAC Conference. This move virtually hands over
the nomination to John McCain, who swept many of the Super Tuesday primary
states earlier this week.
In his statement, Romney said,
"In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. This is not an easy decision. I hate to lose. If this were only about me, I'd go on. But it's never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have toRomney secured just 175 delegates on Tuesday, a disappointing showing for the former Governor of Massachusetts who poured millions of his own dollars into the campaign. Each state GOP is allowed to determination how they will reallocate his delegates.
now stand aside for our party and for our country."
From the AP:
“I think they’ve made their case against me pretty eloquently,” he said,Today McCain and Romney both address the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference, where McCain is expected to make his case of why the far-right conservative wing of the GOP should support him.
adding wryly, “if that’s the right word.” He asserted that the pundits’
conservative hero Ronald Reagan — and his — reached across the aisle to
Democrats just like he wants to do as president.
“I do hope that at some point we would just calm down a little bit and see if there are areas that we can agree on for the good of the party and for the good of the country,” he said.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
McCain – 559 total (including early primary states)
New Jersey: 52
New York: 101
North Dakota: 6
Romney – 265 total (including early primary states)
North Dakota: 8
West Virginia: 1
Huckabee – 169 total (including early primary states)
North Dakota: 5
West Virginia: 18
Paul – 16 total (including early primary states)
North Dakota: 5
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The current delegate count stands at:
McCain – 475 total (including early primary states)
California: 11 (still processing…)
New Jersey: 52
New York: 101
Romney – 151 total (including early primary states)
North Dakota: processing…
Huckabee – 93 total (including early primary states)
West Virginia: 18
Paul – 6 total (including early primary states)
McCain – 383 total (including early primary states)
New Jersey: 52
New York: 101
Romney – 135 total (including early primary states)
North Dakota: processing…
Huckabee – 54 total (including early primary states)
West Virginia: 18
Paul – 6 total (including early primary states)
Total Delegates to Date:
McCain – 208 total (including early primary states)
Connecticut: 27Delaware: 18
New Jersey: 52
New York: 101
Romney – 99 total (including early primary states)
Huckabee – 54 total (including early primary states)
West Virginia: 18
Paul – 6 (including early primary states)
McCain – 190 total (including early primary states)
New Jersey: 52
Huckabee – 54 total (including early primary states)
West Virginia: 18
Romney – 99 total (including early primary states)
Georgia has become a three way race between Huckabee, McCain and Romney. The crucial area comes down to the Atlanta suburbs.
Georgia, one of the more conservative states participating in a primary today, is still too close to call. McCain and Huckabee are just points apart there. Stay tuned for more...
The current delegate standing is:
John McCain: 111
Mitt Romney: 94
Mike Huckabee: 47
The results of the first round of delegate apportionment were:
Mitt Romney: 40
Mike Huckabee: 33
John McCain: 15
Stay tuned for results from the second round of votes.
California is being reported as one of the states to watch closely--John McCain and Mitt Romney are running neck and neck in polls there. California is expecting an unprecedented turnout today. Last week Senator McCain scored the endorsement of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger-- a factor that may prove to benefit him today. What is even more interesting about the California primary is that voters will be using paper ballots. It may not be until late into the night or early tomorrow that we have an official result. Polls close at 8pm local time in the state. 173 delegates in total are up for grabs in California alone.
Stay tuned to this blog throughout today and tonight for up-to-the-minute news from around the country. The presidential spotlight page of our site has current polls, primary processes and more. Please check it out!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
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“Today we applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his strong effort in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Mayor Giuliani ran a campaign of ideas and real solutions that tried to bridge the gap in a broken GOP.
“For the first time in years the debate was focused on real issues that all Republicans care strongly about. Issues like keeping Americans safe at home and abroad, solving the dilemma of sky rocking costs for entitlement programs and promoting real solutions to the illegal immigration debacle that seems to be beyond resolution.
“Mayor Giuliani stayed true to his convictions and made it clear that he would work with common sense and common ground as his guide. We have no doubt his candidacy restored the faith of many centrist Republicans who had lost confidence that the GOP could once again lead with common sense. We urge the eventual Republican nominee to take a page from this playbook, keep the rhetoric limited, the real solutions plentiful and the message broad enough to welcome all Republicans into a Republican Big Tent and encourage Independent voters to join us.”
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
It appears that Florida will be the end of the line for the Giuliani campaign. Reports from late Tuesday revealed that Giuliani would drop out of the race and endorse Senator McCain. This development is huge for the McCain campaign. The next major contest- Super Tuesday on February 5th- includes a host of states that Giuliani at one time had wrapped up. States such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California would then pledge their delegates to Senator McCain. Governor Romney alledges he plans to campaign in several of these states, but there is still a question of whether he will be able to really play a strong role.
On the Democratic side, Senator John Edwards is also expected to drop out of the presidential race today. There are no reports of whether he will make an endorsement today.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Final polls heading into today's election show Senator John McCain with a 4 point lead over Governor Mitt Romney. Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are also competing for votes. This state was expected to go strong for Giuliani, but in recent weeks he has fallen in the polls both in-state and nationally. In fact, there are rumors that he could withdraw his presidential bid as early as Wednesday. The candidate, however, believes he will have a strong showing and expects to continue his bid into the Super Tuesday states.
How will the election change after Florida's primary? Will a clear front-runner emerge, or will we still have a contentious battle as February 5th approaches?
For more, click here.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Bush is also expected to talk about hte war in Iraq and the troop surge that seems to have been working as the violence in that region is down. Bush's address comes just one day before the Florida GOP presidential primary.
For more, click here.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Overall, the debate was friendly and had virtually no attacks from one candidate to another. The major issue addressed was the economy and thoughts on the economic stimulus package that gained bi-partisan support this week in Congress. Romney and Giuliani announced their support for the bill but said it did not go far enough.
Latest polls that the election in Florida is still anyone's game, but Romney and McCain are currently the leaders of the pack. Yet, as we saw on the Democratic side in New Hampshire, polls can prove to be very wrong in the end, as Clinton's landslide was not predicted by a single poll.
Click here for the full transcript from last night's debate. Be sure to check out the presidential spotlight section for more stories on the debate plus updated polls.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Duncan Hunter, a Congressman from California, dropped out of the race because of his low numbers in the early battleground states.
Up next for the Republican Party is Florida on January 29th. Florida will be an interesting state to watch because it is the first state that Rudy Giuliani is expected to play a serious role in. Giuliani has dumped much of his resources into the state and has already had supporters participating in early voting.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Mitt Romney: 39%
John McCain: 30%
Mike Huckabee: 16%
The results illustrates the fact that there is no clear front-runner thus far into the primary season. With Mike Huckabee's Iowa win, John McCain's win in New Hampshire, and now Romney's win in Michigan, the field is wide open and candidates who expect to come into play in Florida and the February 5th 'Super Tuesday' states still have a strong opportunity to win the GOP nomination.The Romney campaign poured millions of dollars into the state of Michigan and ran more ads than any other candidate. He also made a special point to ensure that voters knew of his family's history in Michigan, as his father was Governor there in the 1960s.
In the largely uncontested Democratic race, Senator Clinton easily won with 55% of the vote. The other major candidates did not participate in this primary. Some question how much of a victory this really was with 40% primary goers voting as uncommitted.
Up next is South Carolina and Nevada, who head to the polls on Saturday, January 19th. Stay tuned to this website for more on the Presidential Primaries.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
If Romney loses today's election, this could be the end-all of his campaign. He recently pulled ads from South Carolina and Florida (January 19th and 29th, respectively) to focus solely on winning Michigan. He has vowed to stay in the race through February, but a loss today will hinder his fundraising success as voters will look to other frontrunners to support.
RealRepublicanMajority.org will make more election coverage as today goes on.
Monday, January 14, 2008
New polls released over the weekend show John McCain leading Mitt Romney in Michigan by a margin of 27%-24%. Michigan is Romney's home turf-- his father was Governor of the state in the 1960s. The future of his campaign is riding on his success there. New national polls show McCain leading Mike Huckabee 28%-20% (ABC News/Washington Post). A CBS News/New York Times poll shows McCain leading Huckabee 33%-18%.
This presidential race is very close and any of the candidates still have a chance to win. Michigan will be an interesting state to watch, but what happens on February 5th, Super Tuesday, will really set the stage for the 2008 general election.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Romney's strategy completely failed him. His entire plan was to win in Iowa and New Hampshire and use momentum to carry him through to the GOP nomination. His campaign is not on its last legs, and if he loses one more, his campaign will be over. Next up is Michigan on January 15th. Romney's father was once of the Governor of that state, and he has many other relatives who have run unsuccessfully for public office there.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been laying low in these early primaries, waiting to come into play in Florida on January 29th and compete heavily in the states that will vote on Super Tuesday, February 5th.
On the Democratic side, Senator Hillary Clinton staged a huge comeback, beating Senator Obama 39%-36%. All of the polls and political pundits got New Hampshire wrong here as Obama was up as much as 30 points in the final polls.
Stay tuned to this website for more on the presidential primaries.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
What effect will the New Hampshire results have on the rest of the primary season? If McCain wins, will he have staying power, seeing that his campaign is already low on funding and infrastructure, or will Giuliani have an opening as there won't be a clear front-runner heading towards February 5th?
Stay tuned to RealRepublicanMajority.org for the latest news and updates.
Monday, January 7, 2008
A Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogy poll shows John McCain leading Mitt Romney 34%-29%. A CNN/WMUR/UNH polling of likely voters in the state showes McCain over Romney 32%-26%. And finally, McCain leads Romney 34%-30% in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll.
The outlook is not good for the Romney campaign. If he loses tomorrow, his run for president is essentially over. For months, Romney has led in both Iowa and New Hampshire and his campaign strategy was dependent upon his success in thoses two states. On Saturday, Romney won the Wyoming caucus; however, no other candidate made an effort in that state, so his win means virtually nothing.
The candidates also participated in two debates, one hosted by ABC, the other by FoxNews. Romney was targeted the most in both debates, largely for his flip-flopping on major issues. Romney himslef admitted to changing his positions. For a link to the ABC debate, click here. Stay tuned for a link to the full FoxNews debate.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Republican Huckabee surged in the poll over the last month, defeating former MA Governor Mitt Romney who outspent Huckabee in a 20 to 1 margin. 60% of voters who turned out to vote in the Iowa election described themsevles as Evangelical Christians. This demographic certainly played to Huckabee's advantage. The question now is, will Huckabee be able to ride this wave of momentum? Likely not, as the next primary will be next Tuesday, January 8th in New Hampshire, where voters have a long history of supporting individual freedom and where Huckabee will not find such a base of religious voters.
In order to remain in the race, Romney MUST win New Hampshire. His entire campaign has focused on being able to win Iowa and New Hampshire and buidling momentum from there. With Iowa out of the picture, all eyes are on New Hampshire. If he fails to come in first, it's all but certain his campaign is over.
The full results for the night were:
Mike Huckabee: 34%
Mitt Romney: 25%
Fred Thompson: 13%
John McCain: 13%
Ron Paul: 10%
Rudy Giuliani: 3%
Duncan Hunter: 0%
For complete coverage, click here.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
There is much hype that surrounds the Iowa caucuses, however, what is rarely mentioned is the actual impact that Iowa election holds: Republican voters in Iowa have only 40 Delegates available to them to send to the GOP Convention in St. Paul which has the power to officially nominate the person who will represent our Party in the November general election. Iowa, being one of the smaller states in the U.S. in terms of population, carries little weight in the overall number of delegates needed to win the nomination. More populous states, such as Florida which has 129 delegates availble, will have a greater impact on the nominating process.
While most of the GOP nominees have put all their eggs in one, or two, baskets-- Iowa and New Hampshire-- other candidates have examined the delegate selection process and have seen the importance of doing well in other, more populous states, many of whom head to the polls for primary day on February 5th.
No doubt, the momentum of past elections has propelled candidates from Iowa straight to the general election, but this year will prove to be much different. Never before have we seen so many states holding primaries in early February and with so little time between the states' elections. It is imperative to watch how the importance of these Iowa caucuses change the ultimate outcome of the election.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Earlier this week Governor Huckabee called a press conference to unveil a new ad attacking Romney, but at the last moment at the press conference, announced that he would not air the ad on television. However, he still showed the ad to the press which enabled reporters to record the video in the room and air the ad themselves on their respective networks. Clearly, Huckabee knew what he was doing by allowing press to see the ad-- he could still call himself the 'good guy' because he did not participate in an attack of him main opponent in the state, yet was able to get the message across that he wanted voters to know about Romney's record. Hopefully voters will be able to see through this tactic.
For more on polling in Iowa and the other early primary states, click here.