Posts Tagged ‘republican’

Iowa Republican caucus – 41% could change mind. Romney at 24%, Ron Paul at 22%, Rick Santorum at 15%

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Des Moines Register:

The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows support at 24 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts; 22 percent for Paul, a Texas congressman; and 15 percent for the surging Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

But the four-day results don’t reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21 percent, pushing Paul to third, at 18 percent. Romney remains the same, at 24 percent.

“Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum,” said the Register’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer.

Another sign of the race’s volatility: 41 percent of likely caucusgoers say they could still be persuaded to change their minds.


Op-Ed by Hodge: Big challenges for new 3rd District congressional candidates

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Benjamin Hodge writes at Red County:

Both Patricia Lightner and Kevin Yoder have now officially filed for the Republican primary on Tuesday, August 3.

I have not seen any polls lately — the only publicly-released poll has been this one in February from former candidate Nick Jordan — but I’m confident that both Lightner and Yoder are daily, consistently building up support in the form of voters, volunteers, and donors.  If new candidates decide to enter the race between now and the filing deadline on June 10, they enter with some serious disadvantages, particularly if they aren’t willing or able to put $500,000 or more of their own money in their campaigns: (more…)

Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

Ben Hodge now contributing to leading national GOP blog,

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Kavon (Kay’von) Nikrad of Minnesota operates a site formerly known as — now – and Nikrad Monday invited Benjamin Hodge to join the front-page writing team at the leading Republican Web site.

Bob Dole on Arlen Specter, Bob Dole

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Alternative title to Star story: obligatory semi-annual picture of Dick Bond.

Bob Dole on commitment to principles (knowing Dole, it’s unclear as to whether the former Senate Majority Leader is joking with this quote).

On why he became a Republican: Dole said he counted Ds and Rs before running for office the first time in Russell and quickly determined the Rs were in biggers supply.

“So I became a committed Republican.”

Video: Specter says he is remaining a Republican (on March 18)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

HT Andy Roth.  Sen. Specter on March 18, 2009, during an interview with The Hill:

Dick Kelsey’s Web site

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Sen. Dick Kelsey has a Web site for his congressional run at