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POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8:32 AM
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

It’s been Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s moment lately in the Republican race for president.

And he’s bound to get a lift from the latest national Quinnipiac University poll Thursday, which found that Rubio leads the sprawling GOP field, albeit narrowly, and would perform best in a hypothetical general-election matchup with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Rubio has the support of 15 percent of Republicans surveyed, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 13 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 11 percent. No other candidate gets more than 9 percent (New Jersey Gov. Christie has backing from 7 percent). Fourteen percent say they are undecided.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:38 PM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a group at a Politics and Pie at the Snow Shoe Club Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

NASHUA, N.H. – Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz derided the 17 announced and potential GOP presidential candidates here for a state-party summit Friday and Saturday as a “clown car of extremism” crammed with peddlers of discredited policies.

She said they all, to one degree or another support trickle-down economics approaches, cutting taxes for the wealthy, that have failed to spur economic growth and contributed to the crash of 2008. In addition, the Republicans stand against gay rights, legislation mandating equal pay for women, and abortion rights.

“They might as well be one person,” said Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:16 AM

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire voters get right to the point.

How, the man at the Snowshoe Club asked Jeb Bush, do you address the frustration many people feel at the prospect they may be forced to choose between another Bush and another Clinton (Hillary) in 2016?

“I have enough self-awareness to know that that is an oddity,” said Bush, the former Florida governor who is the son and brother of former presidents.

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 3:18 PM

Hillary Clinton’s lead over potential Republican opponents has shriveled in the crucial swing states of Colorado and Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator who announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination Tuesday, was leading the former first lady by three percentage points in Colorado – 44 percent to 41 percent, and by a single point in Iowa, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton was ahead of Paul in the third swing state tested, Virginia, with a four-point margin, 47 percent to 43 percent, but that was her closest shave there against any of seven potential Republican nominees.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:16 PM

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul top the field among likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, but 43 percent say they are undecided, according to a new poll from Boston’s Suffolk University.

Asked to name their first choice for the GOP nomination, 19 percent chose Bush, the former Florida governor; 11 percent picked Walker, the Wisconsin governor, and 7 percent named Paul, the Kentucky senator.

Six percent backed businessman Donald Trump, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy Monday, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each drew about five percent. Sixteen other potential candidates got fractional support.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:08 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee. "I am the only one who can make America truly great again," the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Maybe he’s serious this time.

Donald Trump, the real-estate mogul and reality television personality, Wednesday announced he was forming a committee to explore a candidacy for president. On Thursday, he is scheduled to attend a classic meet-and-greet at the home of a state representative in New Hampshire, the first primary state.

“Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians --- who are all talk and no action!” Trump said in a statement. “I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world - and very little debt!”

POSTED: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:04 PM
A protestor interrupts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he fields questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Christie was saying that the federal Environmental Protection agency was engaged in “overreach” with plans to regulate pollution of groundwater by agricultural chemicals when a heckler stood up and began shouting.

“I’m from New Jersey also!” Joe Mangino, of Beach Haven, yelled as he stood up. He unfurled a banner calling on Christie to finish the job of Sandy recovery, noting he as had to move his family three times since 2012 and his home still is not restored.

“I will not shut up,” Mangino said, as Des Moines Police officers closed on his position and began escorting him out. This wa a reference of course to Christie’s famous command to another Sandy protestor on the boardwalk in Belmar at an event last October.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 9:09 AM
In this Feb. 26, 2015, photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Wisconsin’s governor recently leapt into the top-tier of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential class. In the weeks since, Walker has stumbled under the bright lights of his newfound status. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Seeking to bolster support among social conservatives, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he would soon sign a state law that bans abortions after 20 weeks.

In an open letter to the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, the likely presidential candidate also said he would support similar legislation stalled in Congress.

“As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks,” Walker wrote. “I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk…I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.”

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