National Politics - 2016

GOP Presidential Status Check: Wide Open Race

“REPUBLICAN” NOMINATION A LOG JAM … || By FITSNEWS || A new national poll shows a wide open race for the “Republican” presidential nomination – but only two GOP candidates are currently within striking distance of presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Obviously it’s still early.  The GOP field is far…


|| By FITSNEWS || A new national poll shows a wide open race for the “Republican” presidential nomination – but only two GOP candidates are currently within striking distance of presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Obviously it’s still early.  The GOP field is far from set, the contenders have only begun to stake themselves out on the issues … and Clinton’s scandals will eventually have to pick up some traction, right?  Right?

Or are hard questions reserved only for certain campaigns?

Anyway … while we wait for that, Quinnipiac University has released its latest snapshot on the national race.  According to that poll, five GOP contenders – former Florida governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker – are currently tied for first place.

Each of those five candidates received the support of 10 percent of the “Republican” electorate – followed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (7 percent), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (6 percent) billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump (5 percent) and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (4 percent).

Ohio governor John Kasich and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina were  tied with 2 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas governor Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina each received the support of one percent of respondents – while former New York governor George Pataki and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania registered less than a percentage point’s worth of support.

While the lay of the land is interesting, the hypothetical match-ups between GOP contenders and Clinton is more revealing.

On that score, only two GOP candidates – Paul and Rubio – come within five percentage points of Clinton in a hypothetical general election matchup (both trailing her by four percentage points).  By contrast, Bush (viewed as a more centrist “Republican” candidate) trails Clinton by a whopping 10 percentage points, while Walker (another “centrist” alternative) trails Clinton by eight percentage points.

This website has long-maintained that “electability” in a general election is no reason to support a candidate in a primary … unless of course that candidate happens to fit with your preferred ideology.  Also previous electability arguments made by status quo “Republicans” didn’t pan out …

Still, expect to hear Paul and Rubio bombard voters with messages about their “ability to beat Hillary Clinton” in 2016 – while no doubt taking a few pot shots at rivals (like Bush and Walker) who don’t stack up as well against the likely Democratic standard-bearer.


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FastEddy23 May 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm

You should have another poll and include the democrat candidate(s).

John Boy May 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Well, I don’t see the next POTUS on that list. Bless their hearts…

Big Circus Tent vs. Clown Car May 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Doesn’t matter how they run, I can’t stop laughing at them.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Back to back posts by Junior Samples and John Boy.

The 1970’s called. they want their TV series back.

Junior Samples May 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply
Rocky May 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Well——– I got a Pataki, behind a Bush, while Rand tries to run for a Cruz, Sanitorium’s in, Herman Cain is laughin’, and everyone feels like a Rub (io). Carly says she’s gonna do for us all, what she did for the folks at HP, and Trump is running, we’re all crying, and swearing up to Chirstie. Walker has momentum, Kasick is flat, and there’s a big ole’ Huckabee, Dr Carson is saying, what ever he pleases, and Graham is playing the hack. And through it all, Hillary polls 10% or better against them all.

Guest May 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Obamacare finished in June
Obama illegal immigration finished for years so says da Judge
GDP last quarter MINUS .07

Good bye dems!

Rocky May 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Get back to me when we’re at minus -5.6% for two straight quarters – which reminds me of a joke – What kills the grass? A Bush! Also, the illegals get citizenship because both eventual candidates support it (Bush / Hillary), and the current plan if the subsidies are not upheld – the GOP plans to – get ready for it – keep the subsidies in place.

Flipped His Shit May 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

These idiots sure dream big…

Guest May 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

What kills brain cells? Me!

FastEddy23 May 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm

“Pataki behind a Bush”? What a revolting image. … Christy? What a revolting image. … Kasick isn’t about right or left, just wants the money. What a sick idea. … Huckleberry? Great guy, but, this voter had hoped to continue to see a separation of Church and the Devil’s Game.

Graham = a ham what am and might just get us all killed.

Dr. Carson would be fantastic as Surgeon General in charge of the VA system.

The Donald should find someone to support besides Him Self.

Perry and Cruz? Well, first off they are or pretend to be Texans … Otherwise either would be my third and/or fourth choice.

Rick Perry May 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I just want to say, that I greatly appreciate the support I receive from Grand Tango, and I look forward to winning the support of the people of South America, I mean South Carolina. And on the side note, I’d sure like to score me some of that Haley. I’ve been hittin’ a lot of the Indian places around Dallas, because you know we have a lot of techo jobs down here, and their food is good. Very flavorful, and I’m just wondering about Nikki……… and the flavor. Oh crap, gotta go, Cruz is calling me again.

Reese Bobby May 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

IF, and this is a BIG “IF”…If Lindsey were to assume residence at the big White House… WHO pray tell, would be the First Lady? Inquiring minds want to know…

Reese Bobby May 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

“I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician” – Charlie Chaplin

FastEddy23 May 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Walker, Rubio way ahead of Bush in Iowa poll:

(There are a few responses in that poll that really hate the idea of a KarlRove/Bush/republicrat win.)

Lizard's Thick Dick May 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm

If it’s going to be that kind of political party, I’m going to stick my dick in the mash potatoes.

Mark May 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Ted Cruz who fought federal aid for Sandy victims, now wants federal aid for Texas Flooding. What a tool. Typical Repugnut.


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