"The Vicious Snake" story Donald Trump told during a rally has been going viral all over the world. According to South Carolina exit polls: three-quarters of South Carolina GOP voters support Trump's Muslim ban.
Trump clobbers Rubio and Cruz in Nevada, cementing his frontrunner status
LAS VEGAS ? In the months leading up to Tuesday?s caucuses here, both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio ran the kind of campaign you?re supposed to run if you want to win Nevada. They came. They saw. They organized. They even pandered (a little).
But they did not conquer.
As soon as caucus sites closed Tuesday night, the networks called the Silver State for tinsel-haired mogul Donald Trump. The speed of that projection, which came long before most precincts had officially reported their results, suggested an overwhelming margin of victory for ?the Donald? ? even though, unlike Rubio and Cruz, he never bothered to build much of a Nevada campaign at all.
?If you listen to the pundits, we weren?t expected to win too much; now we?re winning, winning, winning!? Trump said in his victory speech. He then listed the upcoming contests that he expected to win as well ? among them Cruz and Rubio?s home states of Texas and Florida. ?It?s going to be an amazing two months. We might not even need two months, folks, to be honest.?
Asked about Trump?s local get-out-the-vote operation, aides pointed to the Trump International Hotel, a 64-story tower wrapped in 24-carat-gold glass that looms over the Las Vegas Strip. Pressed for details about Trump?s voters, they noted that ?a lot of people? work there.
?Mr. Trump has a giant building with his name on the top,? campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Yahoo News. ?Maybe that?s a good thing.?
Yet despite his lack of infrastructure, Trump triumphed for the third time in a row. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Trump led with 46 percent of the vote; Rubio and Cruz trailed with 24 percent and 22 percent, respectively. At the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, supporters cheered the news of the billionaire?s big win. One tried to sneak a bucket of Bud Light bottles into the ballroom. Secret Service agents openly worried about people getting drunk and rowdy.
By confirming, yet again, that the star of ?The Apprentice? doesn?t have to play by the same rules as his rivals, Nevada, the first three-man contest to date, has created a dynamic that may come to define the rest of the rapid-fire Republican primary season: Trump leads; Rubio picks up steam; Cruz holds on, keeping his opponents from clinching the nomination. (Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson remain in the race, but neither was competitive in Nevada.)
Robbins: It's over; Trump is going to be the Republican nominee
By Mel Robbins, CNN Commentator
CNN)?It's over. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.
He just added Nevada to the growing list of caucus primary wins, and while he needs more delegates to clinch it, who the heck can stop him now?
He is leading in national polls and in many state polls; he's succeeded in upending rivals such as Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson; and there's no one in sight who can stop him. The only question is when will the GOP embrace him? The answer: no time soon.
The establishment doesn't like him because it can't control him. Yet he's the only conservative candidate who stands a chance against Hillary Clinton. The polls may reflect Marco Rubio doing well as a conservative uniter, but no one will hammer Clinton's biggest weakness better than Trump, and that's Clinton fatigue.
Sorry, Bernie fans, the Democratic nomination is hers to lose.
Bush has limped away from the race in a manner that validates almost every insult Trump had flung at him (these are just from the past two weeks):
"Total disaster," "had to bring in mommy to take a slap at me," "zero communication skills," "weak candidate," "spent a fortune of special interest money on a Super Bowl ad," "desperate," "failed campaign," "Not a leader!" "by far the weakest of the lot," "Jeb failed as Jeb," "gave up and enlisted Mommy and his brother," "Weak," "no chance."
At least Jeb had the guts to face the truth and withdraw. John Kasich is a nice guy, and he gives good hugs, but under what scenario does he actually win? Carson is just as surprised as you and me that he's still on stage, which means he doesn't belong there.
Staying in the race is delusional at this point. It's time they pack their bags and turn their loss into a win on the speaking and publishing circuit.
That leaves Rubio and Cruz. Neither one of them can beat Clinton, or Trump for that matter. Yes, Cruz captured Iowa, but he is too scary for moderate Republicans and independents. And the GOP "establishment" can hope that with Jeb gone, Rubio will scoop up enough non-Trump votes to cruise to a victory, but that's not happening either. After Cruz and Trump grab their share of the undecided, there won't be enough left to give Rubio the bump he needs to pass Trump.
We all know " Voting for President is about voting who you dislike " The ONLY thing that will kill " The Donald " who he picks for a running mate . If he picks Wille Robertson he might have a chance against " Our Gal " !
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey endorsed Donald J. Trump on Friday, a major turn in a wild race and one that gives the New York businessman a major boost as he heads into the pivotal Super Tuesday contests.
As much as it is desperately trying, the Republican establishment appears powerless to stop Donald Trump, a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals
That's because GOP voters feel even more strongly that they will support Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, if he runs as an independent ? as he has threatened to do should the GOP establishment cross him, according to Rasmussen.
The poll, conducted March 6 to 7, found 36 percent of likely Republican voters are likely to vote for Trump if he runs as a third-party presidential candidate.
That figure is unchanged from last July when Rasmussen first asked the question, but it now includes 24 percent who say they are "very likely" to vote for Trump if he runs independently. That's up six points from 18 percent in the previous survey.
The poll's margin of sampling error is +/- 3 points.
The New Jersey-based Rasmussen Reports is a nonpartisan electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.
Newsmax/Fabrizio Lee Poll: Trump Trounces Clinton Among Independents
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a commanding 16-point lead over likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among independent voters, according to an exclusive Newsmax/Fabrizio, Lee & Associates survey.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a commanding 47 to 31 percent lead over expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among independent voters, according to an exclusive Newsmax/Fabrizio, Lee & Associates survey that the organizations released Wednesday afternoon.
While the online survey of 1,500 registered voters shows the former secretary of state essentially tied with the GOP front-runner, 45 to 44 percent, the poll's most eye-popping result is Clinton's pronounced weakness among independent voters, where she trails Trump by 16 points.
The results fly in the face of most pundits' predictions that Trump's strong personality and tough policies would alienate the temperate "swing" voters, who often decide the outcome of national elections.
Trump continues to have high negatives after a bruising primary season, but Hillary appears to be in even worse shape.
"They don't necessarily like him. But they dislike her more," said Tony Fabrizio, a veteran of four presidential campaigns and co-founder and partner of the polling firm Fabrizio, Lee & Associates.
Fabrizio is a nationally recognized GOP strategist and pollster who played a pivotal role in electing Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, the surprise tea party winner in the Bluegrass State last year. Fabrizio has worked for nearly two dozen U.S. senators and over 50 members of Congress.
The public-opinion expert bluntly says the poll results show Trump can defeat Hillary Clinton in a general election and win the presidency for the Republicans.
He contends that Trump's large lead among independents indicates the voter anger fueling Trump's populist rise in the GOP primaries is spilling over into the electorate at large. If so, that would turn the 2016 election on its head and give the outsider Trump a built-in advantage.
"The voter anger is leaking over to the general, absolutely," says Fabrizio. "Independents want somebody who is going to speak their mind just as much as Republicans do. Looking at responses that measure the frustration level people have with politics and politicians, there's no question that independents, while maybe not as frustrated as Republicans, are far closer to Republicans on their level of frustration than they are to Democrats."
Fabrizio perceives a host of other troublesome indicators for Clinton in a hypothetical match-up with Trump. Among them:
The poll's undecided voters prefer a Republican in a generic presidential ballot over a Democrat, by almost a 3-to-1 margin, 41 percent to 14.
Undecided voters are much more likely to rate President Obama's job performance negatively.
Those expressing no preference between Clinton and Trump favor smaller, rather than bigger, government.
A majority of undecided voters state they intend to vote for a Republican, rather than a Democrat, in their local congressional race.
Overall, 12 percent of respondents were undecided over which candidate they would support. Independent voters unaligned with either party were almost twice as likely to be undecided, at 23 percent.
One reason the poll's undecided voters appear to be leaning so Republican, Fabrizio suggests, is that many of them are indeed natural GOP voters.
News today . The Big " R's " are making the calls to The Donald , getting on their hands & knees wanting to keep the Majority in the Senate . It's exactly what Trump wanted & needed . He KNEW the Washington politicians would eventually need the dry cleaners to get the soil off the trousers !
Between Our Gal & the Donald it will keep the Mud Hole alive & well. Record posts I see.