New Poll: Who Is America’s Most Popular Senator?

Morning Consult is out with a fresh batch of approval ratings for all 100 U.S. Senators. Check out the top three most popular senators, as rated by their constituents: 1.) Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 75 percent approve 21 percent disapprove 2.) Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) 70 percent approve 22 percent disapprove 3.) Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) 69 percent approve 17 percent disapprove What about the top three most unpopular senators according to disapproval rating? 1.) Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) 44 percent approve 47 percent disapprove 2.) Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) 51 percent approve 43 percent disapprove 3.) Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Three Big Predictions for the Democratic National Convention

Now that we’ve all caught our caught our collective breaths after an exciting week in Cleveland, it’s time to turn our attention to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, which starts today. In anticipation of another eventful week, here are three predictions for the 2016 DNC: 1.) There will be no ‘Ted Cruz Moment.’ Look, the Wikileaks email release is big, it is, but even Bernie Sanders has gone on the record saying that he is not surprised by it. It’s best not to expect a thinly veiled “vote against our nominee” (which is now the plain speak translation of

Report: Trump Benefited from Media Coverage, Clinton Suffered

A blitz of both positive and negative media coverage played a large role in propelling Donald Trump to capture the Republican nomination, according to a new Harvard study out of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. The study analyzed the coverage of both print and broadcast sources, reaching the conclusion that “Trump exploited their lust for riveting stories.” Had Trump spent money on advertising equivalent to the amount of free media coverage he got, he would have spent roughly $55 million, the study found. Trump’s next closest competitor, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, got just $36 million

Six Things More Likely to Happen Than “President Gary Johnson”

A lot of folks in the Twittersphere are weirdly obsessed with Gary Johnson. I don’t quite understand the appeal. He’s kind of a dork, and he has absolutely no chance at winning the presidency. In fact, here are six things more likely to happen than a “President Gary Johnson.” 6.) Bernie Sanders Wins the Democratic Nomination Hahaha, oh, poor Bernie! The fix is in. But don’t give up! You’re still more likely than President Gary Johnson! 5.) Mexico Pays For “The Wall” Probably not. But still a much better bet than Gary Johnson. 4.) The New York Knicks Win the 2017 NBA

New Poll: Trump, Clinton Statistically Tied in Florida

Donald Trump has significantly narrowed the gender gap in Florida, with both men and women supporting him over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 45-44 percent, according to a new survey released yesterday by Public Policy Polling. Overall, Trump holds a narrow one-point lead among the 737 likely voters surveyed, though this puts Clinton well within the margin of error of 3.6 points. Still, this represents positive news for Trump, who, in previous polling, has trailed Clinton by as many as 13 points and has not led her in a poll since early March. The survey also reveals continued weaknesses

Trump’s Surge Continues: The Donald Pulls Ahead of Hillary in More Polling

Two more national polls were released this weekend showing Donald Trump closing in on — and even pulling ahead of — Hillary Clinton. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Trump just three points behind Clinton in a head-to-head match-up, an eight-point jump from last month and within the poll’s margin of error. And an ABC/Washington Post poll has Trump leading Clinton by two points, an 11-point swing from two months previous. Added to other recent polling, the combined RealClearPolitics average now shows Trump barely leading Clinton nationally, a massive surge from just weeks ago. Looking more closely at the numbers,

Who Are the Real Extremists on Abortion?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently made headlines for her extreme position on abortion. During a recent appearance on the The View, Clinton explained her support for Roe v. Wade by saying that an unborn baby has no legal rights and can be aborted right up until the moment of birth. Not to be outdone, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said yesterday, “I think we should expand funding for Planned Parenthood,” America’s biggest abortion business. I guess that’s one big business the Vermont socialist likes. But there’s more. . . Sanders also said, “I will use the Department of Justice

Clinton Collapse in Wisconsin?

I hope this is an outlier, because Hillary Clinton is an incredibly weak candidate, but the latest Wisconsin poll shows Bernie Sanders beating Hillary, 49 percent to 45 percent. The outsider candidates (Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Sanders) continue to roll. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.

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