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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Prepare the starting gate, the race is about to begin

We now know who will be on stage for the Fox News debate in Cleveland on Thursday night. Plus, reaction continues to trickle in from Monday night’s forum, the latest candidate who is supposedly “in trouble,” and finally, Dems love Hillary no matter what she does.

Voters First Forum: Two Winners And A Bunch Of Losers

While there was no actual “debate” at last night's "Voters First Forum" give the organizers some credit; the one-on-one format of questions from a moderator with no give and take among the candidates did allow each candidate to put their best foot forward. But what putting their best foot forward showed is that most of them are Lilliputians compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Trump Triumphant

Erick Erickson, RedState

The simple truth of Thursday is that Trump has the least to lose and is least likely to lose it. The other simple truth is that Trump’s campaign would not even exist if the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. kept its promises and liked the non-monied portion of its base.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are the Republicans making history?

With the hours counting down until Thursday night’s first official Republican presidential debate, talk remains centered on polls and which candidates will get the chance to face off in the primetime portion of the program. Plus, Chris Christie’s big talk and Ben Carson says no to political correctness.

Donald Trump third in STL Tea Party poll; Ted Cruz on top

Gregg Palermo, FOX 2 News (St. Louis)

Donald Trump is surging in GOP presidential polls ahead of next week’s first Republican debate among the party’s presidential candidates, but the controversial businessman finished third in a sampling of conservative activists, according to a survey released Saturday by the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition.

Trump Surges in New NBC News/WSJ Poll

Carrie Dann, NBC News

Days before the first Republican debate, Donald Trump has surged into the national lead in the GOP primary race, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush following, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows. Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back Bush.

Why Trump Is Good for the GOP

Paul Goldman & Mark J. Rozell, Politico

Trump2016.com is merely the latest quadrennial installment in this presidential election saga, complete as always with disdain from the “serious” candidates and the “mainstream” press. But rather than spurn the disruption, the GOP would do well to focus on what’s going wrong. It isn’t complicated.

Is Trump the one-man, 2016 Tea Party wave?

Fox News

Trump’s success in harnessing populist energy and enthusiasm is reminiscent of 2010’s Tea Party wave. Naturally, there are comparisons.

Just Be Yourself Mr. Trump

While Jeb Bush is cramming for this week's GOP presidential candidates debate Donald Trump doesn’t have to. He’s at the top of the national polls not because he managed to memorize a bunch of poll-tested lines fed to him by rented “friends,” consultants and advisers, but because he’s speaking for millions of country class Americans who are fed-up with government by the political class, of the political class and for the political class.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: The phenomenon of Trump

Entering perhaps the most important week thus far in the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the question of “who’s in, who’s out” (Thursday’s debate, that is) is becoming a little clearer. Also, the ‘real’ Rand Paul campaign, and, how about a 3rd Obama term?

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Why polls matter in August

Another poll shows Donald Trump well out in front of the large Republican presidential field, while several candidates are scrambling just to make it into the top 10 in nationwide surveys. Meanwhile, Trump’s presence at the debate is causing some of his opponents to alter their strategy.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are you listening GOP establishment?

Mike Huckabee is taking heat from Democrats and establishment Republicans for his blunt comments on President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. Outspoken candidates like Huckabee, Trump and Cruz are making the news cycles and firing up the base. What’s wrong with that?

Sarah Palin would be welcome in a Trump administration, says Trump

Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post

“She’s a great person,” Trump said, “and Todd and the whole family. These are great people. And one of the things I most admire about her is that she took so much nonsense — lies and disgusting lies and she handles it so well. She’s tough and smart and just a great woman.”

Presidential Horse Race 2016: “Can Trump Win?”

Donald Trump’s staying power in opinion surveys has many pondering whether he can actually win the Republican nomination. Also, the latest on Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and the struggle to qualify for next week’s debate.

New Hampshire poll: Trump 24%, Bush 12%

David Jackson, USA Today

Another new poll out of New Hampshire indicates that Donald Trump’s recent dust-up with John McCain has not slowed the billionaire’s political momentum. Trump now has a 2-to-1 advantage over Jeb Bush among likely voters in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, according to a Monmouth University Poll.

Poll: Trump has double digit lead in NH

Washington Times

The GOP establishment is trying hard to downplay Donald Trump’s chances of actually winning the nomination, but they can’t ignore the most recent poll numbers. Trump’s message is resonating with Tea Partiers and his support appears to be growing with each successive survey.

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie loses ground to Trump; state deficit at $10.2B

Brent Johnson, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Two new polls show Gov. Chris Christie lost support in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire as Donald Trump surged into the top two of the crowded field vying for the Republican nomination for president.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: “Why is he here?”

Today’s look at the 2016 GOP presidential race includes the “big” news concerning Jim Gilmore’s impending announcement, Carly Fiorina’s answers to real questions from conservatives and President Obama warns the world about the Republican candidates.

Where is the outrage, GOP candidates?

Eric Erickson, RedState

GOP presidential hopefuls should be talking about the Republican congressional leadership’s utter betrayal of conservative voters rather than making routine campaign stops. When Mitch McConnell refuses to allow a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, why aren’t they speaking up?

Trump’s Rise and the Tea Party: Rooted in the Failed Leadership of the GOP

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Readers asked me to expand on my Friday column about the rise of Donald Trump as a contender for the Republican nomination for President. In my view Donald Trump is just the latest in a long line of message carriers who have spoken for grassroots Americans fed-up with the duplicity and betrayals of the Republican establishment and Washington’s ruling class. One of the great ironies of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign may very well be that the establishment Republican political class will finally receive their comeuppance at the hands of Donald Trump, the most unlikely of populist conservatives.