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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Ted Cruz exits the stage alone on Day Three of the Republican Convention

Day three of the Republican Convention was supposed to be the most predictable yet, but turned out to be anything but thanks to a rather odd address by Ted Cruz. Plus, Carried to its extreme, John Kasich’s election boycott could make him the goat of the century; If Hillary wins, expect a mass exodus from the military Special Forces, and, Newt Gingrich is pushing Trump to undo Obama administration on Day One – literally.

What will Cruz say to the GOP convention?

Al Weaver, Washington Examiner

Ted Cruz is now set to make a return to the national spotlight when he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. With this return comes uncertainty, as supporters of the Texas senator are not entirely sure what he will do in the future or even in his speech.

Trump's Best Path to Victory

John Brabender, Wall Street Journal

But there is a path to 270. For Mr. Trump to win, he needs to incite a national movement and a significant shift in voting behavior. He can worry less about specific states to target and spend more time on a national branding and message campaign centered on motivating specific audiences, not states. Mr. Trump did precisely that to win the Republican primaries.

Poll: Trump's VP is unknown to nearly half of voters

Lisa Hagen, The Hill

A new NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll found that 48 percent of voters don’t have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), saying they don't know enough to have an opinion. Twenty-six percent view him favorably, while another 26 percent view him unfavorably. Pence will have a big opportunity to introduce himself to the country during a prime-time speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Trump Bounces Back

Shane Goldmacher, Politico

Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to bring his convention back from the brink of disaster. The focus on Clinton provided a glimpse of unity for a party that, at times, has seemed to be splitting at the seams during the primaries. And it came on the night that Trump formally became the Republican nominee in a roll call vote that went surprisingly smoothly as days of noise and unrest from Never Trump forces fizzled.

Donald Trump Junior: 'For My Father, Impossible Is Just the Starting Point'

Susan Jones, CNS News

At the end of his tribute to "my mentor, my best friend, my father," Donald Junior listed all the things his father will do as president, including working with "everyone" to pass legislation; reforming the tax code; repealing and replacing Obamacare; appointing judges "who believe that freedom requires limited government"; and putting America and Americans first.

Clinton’s Lead Is As Safe As Kerry’s Was In 2004

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

While Obama won twice with pre-convention leads of 3 to 4 points, John Kerry went into his convention with a lead of about 3 percentage points in 2004, but lost to George W. Bush. And in 2000, Bush had about a 4-point lead on the eve of the conventions, but lost the popular vote to Al Gore. (Bush won the Electoral College, of course.)

The Most Important Speech At The GOP Convention Last Night Was Not Delivered By Chris Christie

In a campaign that is all about communicating brand before policies and ideas Tiffany Trump’s remarks stood out as what may very well be the first speech about love delivered to a national political convention and for that distinction we deem it the most import speech of the evening.

Is the Party Over for Bushism?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

On trade and immigration, the returns are in. Should the GOP go back to globalism, amnesty, or open borders, it will sunder itself and have no future. And if the party is perceived as offering America endless wars in the Middle East and constant confrontations with the great nuclear powers, Russia and China, over specks of land or islets having nothing to do with the vital interests of the United States, then it will see its anti-interventionist wing sheared off.

Melania Trump: Winner

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Donald Trump actually did a great entrance to introduce his wife. She came on stage and was stunning. But it was not just that she is an objectively gorgeous lady, she was proudly American. She was not ashamed of where she came from. She was not ashamed of her family. She was not ashamed of her native country. But she was proud to be American. She was proud to be on that stage. It was all so very refreshing.

Melania Trump: 'Our Country Is Underperforming'

Susan Jones, CNS News

In her well-received speech to the Republican National Convention Monday night, Melania Trump promised that the presidential race "will be hard fought all the way to November. There will be good times and hard times and unexpected turns. It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama," she added with a smile.

The continuing political decline of Hillary Clinton

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

It's hard to overstate just how bad Clinton's numbers are. And a new Washington Post-ABC News poll is the latest to suggest they just keep getting worse — so much so that they are in some ways about as bad as Trump's.

Social conservatives win on GOP platform

Bernie Becker, Politico

Some say the 2016 GOP platform is the most conservative one yet. Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List noted that the platform now calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and codifying the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of certain federal funds for abortion, as part of what the group called the “strongest pro-life platform in the Republican Party’s history.”

The Melania And Rudy Show Built The Trump Brand

Trump’s goal, as we see it, was to build and reinforce his brand, as much through non-verbal as through verbal communications. By keeping establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan, that millions of Americans hate, off the stage, and by putting Mrs. Trump, the very embodiment of the Trump brand, plus a highly targeted group of political outsiders on the stage, Trump went far in accomplish that goal.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Turmoil and red meat at the first day of the Republican Convention

The evening program of the first day of the Republican National Convention offered plenty of interest, but the “stars” of the show were not necessarily the ones you would expect. Plus, #NeverTrump wanted convention chaos and in getting it killed necessary reforms of the RNC that conservatives have been working on for years; Ted Cruz will back Trump because everyone will be better off when The Donald wins, and, Beyond Cleveland, Trump is just getting started.

Conservatives, I Urge You to Join Me: Unite Behind Trump and Pence

By: Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Friends, we've had our howl of frustration, but this is now a binary choice: Trump and Pence vs. Hillary Clinton. In this battle there is only the victory or defeat of constitutional liberty and the rule of law. In this battle there is no third option, there is no compromise, there is no sitting out the election. I’m all in for Trump and Pence and I urge you to join me and them in making America great again.

Cruz steps into spotlight for Trump

Jordain Carney, The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz is stepping back into the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention, where his rival, Donald Trump, will be crowned the presidential nominee. Republicans will be watching to see if Cruz has some nice things to say about Trump, who invited the Texan to a speaking role in a gesture of party unity.

Why Mike Pence is a gutsy choice for Trump

Steve Moore, Fox News

Pence softens Trump’s rough edges. He is a policy wizard who will fill the Trump cupboard with solutions to immigration, college tuition costs, government debt, terrorism, declining incomes, social unrest and the panoply of things that have gone wrong in America in the age of Obama. Trump-Pence. Now that’s a ticket that really can make America great again.