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  • 1 year before U.S. election, support for Trump appearing to hold

    11/01/2019 12:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | November 1, 2019 | Miya Tanaka
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With about a year to go before the U.S. presidential election, Roy Mikolaj, a 53-year-old resident of the U.S. Midwest state of Ohio, already knows who will have his support in 2020 -- Donald Trump. Mikolaj is a registered Democrat. But in the previous election in 2016, he was one of the workers in the declining industrial area known as the "Rust Belt" who voted for Trump, a trend that propelled the Republican nominee to the White House after he campaigned to bring jobs back from U.S. trade partners such as China, Japan and Mexico. Following Trump's...
  • The states that will decide the 2020 election oppose impeaching President Trump

    11/01/2019 7:02:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Brookings Institute ^ | November 1, 2019 | William A. Galston
    By a plurality of 48 to 44%, according to the latest poll averages, Americans favor impeaching President Trump and removing him from office. But, as we know, presidential elections are made in the electoral college on a state-by-state basis and senators are elected in this manner as well, which is why it is important to look at public opinion by state. According to a just-released New York Times/Siena College poll, sentiment in the swing states that will determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election differs from the national averages. Like other Americans, voters in these states support an impeachment...
  • We now know exactly how Donald Trump is going to try to get reelected

    10/31/2019 6:49:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 31, 2019 | Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-large
    During Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump's campaign launched a seven-figure national ad buy -- a 30-second commercial touting his first-term accomplishments on terrorism, the economy and immigration. But the real key to the ad -- and the bit that you need to pay very close attention to -- comes in the final moments of the commercial, when the narrator says this: "He's no Mr. Nice Guy. But sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington." Those two sentences are hugely telling when it comes to understanding how Trump (and his campaign) are...
  • Democratic primary voters think only three candidates could beat Trump

    10/29/2019 2:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Business Insider India ^ | October 30, 2019 | Grace Panetta
    A year out from the 2020 general election, most Democrats are currently pessimistic about most of the candidates' abilities to defeat President Donald Trump, Insider polling shows. Out of seven weekly polls conducted over two months between mid-August and mid-October, there are just three candidates that more Democrats think would beat Trump than lose to Trump. Across the polls, 66% of Democratic respondents believed former Vice President Joe Biden could beat Trump, 54% believed Sen. Elizabeth Warren would beat Trump, and 49% believed Sen. Bernie Sanders would be able to defeat Trump. Biden and his team, in particular, have been...
  • Trump’s 2016 campaign was run on a shoestring. His reelection machine is huge...

    10/27/2019 6:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 8, 2019 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Anu Narayanswamy, The Washington Post
    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015 had no pollster, rapid-response team or fundraiser. A bare-bones staff fueled by pizza and energy drinks toiled in a makeshift office at Trump Tower. His opponents vastly outspent him - and lost. But as president, Trump's campaign machine has dramatically escalated, powered by a historically large war chest of donations large and small that has given him a head start over the eventual Democratic nominee. At this point in the last election, Trump's campaign employed 19 consultants. Now, there are more than 200. When Trump had all but locked up the nomination by May...
  • Trump has commanding fund-raising advantage

    10/26/2019 6:47:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Tribune-Democrat ^ | October 26, 2019 | John Finnerty, CNHI State Reporter
    President Donald Trump has been building a commanding fund-raising lead nationally for the 2020 presidential campaign. That trend is mirrored in rural Pennsylvania, where the president received more in campaign contributions than the four leading Democrats combined. Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $125 million in the third quarter of the year, a presidential fundraising record, according to the Associated Press The Trump campaign said that it has raised more than $308 million in 2019. “The power of incumbency is a major, major advantage,” said Chris Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College. Trump “is following...
  • Castro, O’Rourke, and Sanders Take Stage at LULAC Presidential Town Hall

    10/25/2019 9:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Spectrum News ^ | October 25, 2019 | Annette Garcia
    DES MOINES -- Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders took to that stage at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Thursday night for a town hall hosted by The League of United Latin American Citizens. Hundreds of Latinos attended Bernie Sanders got loudest crowd reaction Julian Castro impressed some with immigration knowledge It was an opportunity for not only the moderators--including Spectrum News’s own Annette Gracia--but the audience to ask questions. The candidates were surrounded by hundreds of Latinos ready to cheer on their favorites. “Should we make public colleges and universities tuition free? Yes. Well you know...
  • As Trump pulls out of Syria, his voters are following along. That’s ominous.

    10/25/2019 2:59:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2019 | Greg Sargent
    A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds a sharp rise in the percentage of Trump voters who do not think the U.S. bears responsibility to do anything about the fighting in Syria. Apparently, President Trump’s pullout -- which has created an unfolding disaster there, including the threat of a reconstituted Islamic State -- may be driving Trump voters away from any sense of responsibility for that region. Which raises a question: What will happen to the GOP in the After Trump era? Will it become a more nationalist party, along the lines of the “America first” vision that Trump has been articulating...
  • Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

    10/25/2019 2:06:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Iron Mountain Daily News ^ | October 25, 2019 | Will Weissert, The Associated Press
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania. His second campaign, far better financed and organized than his first, is pressing every potential tactical advantage, including trying to capture even small slivers of the Hispanic vote, hoping it adds up to the narrowest of winning margins. “I think that you win campaigns with what we call ‘tajaditos.’ Little bits. You have to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” said Bertica...
  • The Democrats Are Blowing This Election

    10/25/2019 1:40:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 4, 2019 | Yascha Mounk
    To defeat Trump, the Democratic presidential nominee will have to do more than turn out the base. A theory for how to win the 2020 presidential election has quickly become conventional wisdom among Democratic campaign strategists and many prominent pundits. It goes like this: The country has become so polarized that swing voters barely exist anymore. Elections are now decided by which side better manages to mobilize its base. So Democrats need to stop worrying about winning over moderates—and confidently move to the left. Proponents of this “progressive mobilization theory” can point to a few important pieces of evidence. Plenty...
  • ‘It’s too much’: Democrats shudder at Trump’s money machine

    10/23/2019 8:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 21, 2019 | David Siders, Maggie Severns and Natasha Korecki
    Democrats are increasingly worried by the spending chasm between the two sides — and its implications for 2020. Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have raised more than $300 million this year for his reelection — more than any other sitting president in history at this point in the campaign. Trump has nearly twice as much cash on hand — $158 million, between his campaign account and the RNC — as Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee had at this time in his successful re-election run. Already this year, Trump’s campaign operation has spent close to $23 million...
  • UPDATED: Pro-Trump rally set for Friday in Glens Falls (New York State)

    10/23/2019 9:00:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Post-Star ^ | October 22, 2019 | Staff
    GLENS FALLS — The Friends who Support President Trump group will hold a rally on Friday. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the office of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, located at 5 Warren St. in Glens Falls. People are asked to bring flags, signs or banners to show support for the president. The rally was previously planned to take place at the intersection of Route 29 and Route 4 in Schuylerville.
  • Trump’s Rallies Aren’t a Sideshow. They Are the Campaign.

    10/22/2019 4:25:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 22, 2019 | Michael C. Bender
    President Trump is closer to his second Election Day than his first, and an impeachment probe threatens his political future. But inside Trump campaign rallies, it’s still 2016. At each rally, energy pulsates through a crowd that waited hours to stand and chant for a border wall, a drained swamp and Hillary Clinton’s incarceration. They rejoice in the mention of every electoral vote as Mr. Trump recounts his victory, state by state.
  • Hillary Clinton: “It’s Going to be Very Very Hard” to Beat Trump

    10/22/2019 6:27:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Pen Media ^ | October 22, 2019 | Benjamin Goldman
    Hillary Clinton made a pretty big slip up this weekend while at a speech in Portland to promote her new book. Clinton, who has been eating up headlines with attacks on candidates and speculation she will enter the race, told the crowd: “We have very admirable candidates vying for the nomination, but at the end of the day there are a lot of forecasters that are saying look, if the economy stays in good shape and he’s not impeached or he’s impeached but not convicted, it’s going to be very very hard because of all of the advantages he will...
  • Tulsi’s troubles are a bad omen for Democrats and other commentary

    10/21/2019 7:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 20, 2019 | The Editorial Board
    Presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a liberal who supports banning assault weapons and “raising the minimum wage to $15,” is still “too moderate for today’s Democrats,” sighs David Catron at The American Spectator. Which goes to show that the party has “no chance of beating Trump in 2020.” Unlike Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s radicalism, Gabbard’s liberalism is “relatively rational.” She is pro-choice but opposes late-term abortion; worries the “secretive” impeachment investigation will polarize America even further; and refuses to “execute a flip-flop on the withdrawal of troops from Syria,” as other Democrats did. Her campaign is likely to prove...
  • What Third-Quarter Fundraising Can Tell Us About 2020

    10/20/2019 11:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 15, 2019 | Julia Wolfe and Chris Zubak-Skees
    When a presidential candidate raises a lot of money, they’re probably going to tell you about it, which leads to a lot of headlines like this:(HEADLINES-AT-LINK) Those headlines aren’t wrong, but they also don’t tell you that much on their own. That’s because each candidate who’s bragging about his or her fundraising total is doing it in a vacuum. It’s tough to know whether to care about, say, Bernie Sanders’s haul without knowing what the other candidates brought in. Luckily, all candidates must file detailed reports of their fundraising and spending at least once a quarter. This information, which is...
  • Trump Supporters Celebrate Payoff of Fundraising Efforts in California

    10/20/2019 12:18:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    KNTV-TV ^ | October 20, 2019 | Sergio Quintana
    Many supporters of President Donald Trump are celebrating new fundraising figures from California – figures that show him outpacing any single democrat, although he has not raised more than the total amount that Democrats have. The new figures are significant because they’re from so-called “small amount donors,” supporters who gave $200 or less. The figures also show that he has raised much more money than any of his Democratic rivals in what’s usually a democratic state – but the numbers also show that he’s benefiting from being the only viable Republican in the race. Between July and September Trump has...
  • Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle

    10/20/2019 1:02:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2019 | Matthew Rosenberg and Kevin Roose
    On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google, hitting the kind of incendiary themes — immigrant invaders, the corrupt media — that play best on platforms where algorithms favor outrage and political campaigns are free to disregard facts.
  • Scoop: Mulvaney predicts post-impeachment landslide

    10/18/2019 10:52:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Axios ^ | October 6, 2019 | Jonathan Swan
    In numerous recent conversations with colleagues, including last week's senior staff meeting, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has said he thinks President Trump could win 45 states in 2020 after the impeachment process — a magnitude of landslide that few if any independent pollsters would dare predict. Between the lines: People who've heard Mulvaney make this remark say he wasn't joking or even exaggerating. He appears to genuinely believe that impeachment will have a profoundly positive effect on Trump's political fortunes, according to 3 sources who have heard Mulvaney make the 45-state prediction. Mulvaney also believes that...
  • This election model says 2020 is 'Trump's to lose'

    10/18/2019 8:35:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 17, 2019 | Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-large
    Donald Trump: Two-term president? While that prospect may seem distant amid an endless series of terrible headlines -- Syria! Ukraine! Impeachment! -- for the President of late, a trio of new electoral models from Moody's Analytics all predict a victory for the incumbent in 2020. "Results from each of the three models tell equally compelling stories about what could happen on Election Day, but we hesitate to hang our hat on only one of them," reads the report. "As a result, we average the predictions of the three models. Under the average of the three models, Trump would hold on...