Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), once labeled nothing more than a “gadfly” by a former Bush strategist, has emerged as the GOP’s leading candidate in the crucial Iowa caucuses, the first post-Christmas poll to be published this year has found.
With the nation’s first primary vote just six days away, Paul is leading former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) 24 percent to 20 percent, according to the democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) group.
The same survey also found that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) has sunk dramatically in recent weeks, down to just 13 percent, putting him within the margin of error of other second-tier candidates like Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) at 11 percent and Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) at 10 percent.
Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was tied with Perry at 10 percent, followed by former ambassador Jon Huntsman (R) at 4 percent and former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer (R) at 2 percent.
The poll found that while Paul leads the pack, he does so thanks to a broad coalition of voters, not all of whom are actually Republicans. PPP found that about one-fourth of Paul’s supporters are either independents or Democrats who plan to cross over and support him in the Republican primary, giving him the crucial edge over Romney who otherwise holds a narrow lead among Republicans.
PPP also found that Paul is pulling much greater support from younger voters, who he wins over Romney by a margin of 35 percent to 11 percent. He’s also got an edge when it comes to how committed his supporters are: 77 percent are “firmly committed” to him, while Romney’s core support is at 71 percent who are firmly committed.
Finally, in potentially the most crucial campaign metric, Romney seems to be losing momentum where Paul is gaining. PPP found that Romney’s favorability rating has dropped into negative territory for the first time in months, going from 49 percent favorable and 40 unfavorable — a 9 percent rating — to 44 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable –a -3 favorability rating.
PPP concluded that if Paul can maintain his ground game and bring in younger voters to next week’s caucuses, “he’ll win,” but they warned: “If turnout ends up looking a little bit more traditional, Romney will probably prevail.”
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019