Don’t Bury Cruz Just Yet

“Et tu, Schweppe?” A Shakespeare you may be, but a Michael Barone not so much. Without a doubt, Donald Trump had a stellar Tuesday night and drew closer to the nomination. But don’t get out the “Make America Great Again!” party horns just yet. Trump is still almost 281 delegates away from securing the nomination and the hill will be steeper than you think. “These are not margins that can be explained away by geography or demographics. These margins are a symptom of a campaign that has now concluded.” I’d agree except that these margins were similar to Trump’s margins in

Breaking News: Cruz to Pick Carly as Veep?

Gary Aminoff just tweeted the news: Senator Ted Cruz will make an announcement this afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his VP running mate. — Gary Aminoff (@aminoff) April 27, 2016 Gary is Los Angeles regional co-chair for the Cruz campaign. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.

There Is Only One Choice for Vice President: Carly Fiorina

The roller coaster that is the Republican presidential race this year shows little sign of stopping before July’s nominating convention in Cleveland. None of the three remaining candidates has a definitive path to securing the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot. A contested convention seems increasingly likely. No one can predict who will emerge from that contest as the Republican nominee — Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or someone else. What is crystal clear, however, is that the best vice-presidential choice for any candidate is Carly Fiorina. In her own presidential campaign, Fiorina emerged as a smart and

Why Carly Voted for Ted Cruz

An email from Carly Fiorina just showed up in my inbox: […] Last Tuesday, Virginia had a primary—and even though my own name was on the ballot, I checked the box for Ted Cruz. When Republicans lost the last Presidential election, the Republican establishment thought it knew just what to do. Pass comprehensive immigration reform. Stop talking about “social issues.” Go along and get along. Don’t rock the boat. Rather than fight for real change, stand by as government grows increasingly incompetent and corrupt. But they didn’t count on Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is a true constitutional conservative. A real

Breaking: Cruz Picks Up Endorsement from Fiorina

While campaigning in Florida this morning, Ted Cruz announced a surprise, new endorsement from a former GOP rival in the 2016 race: Carly Fiorina. In her remarks, Fiorina urged conservatives to unite behind Cruz in order to defeat Donald Trump: Mrs. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO, told a crowd at a Cruz rally that she voted for the Texas senator during Virginia’s March 1 primary and urged Republicans to rally behind him. “We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box,” Mrs. Fiorina said. “And the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz.”

Farewell Carly and Thank You

Carly Fiorina just announced this afternoon that she will be suspending her campaign: [facebook url=”″] Fiorina is not going to be president this time. But she earned the gratitude of millions of conservative women for her strength, her grace under pressure, her dignified stand against Trump’s bully tactics, her intelligence, and her principles. That goes double-ditto for pro-life women. She has made herself a hero for life, an achievement she can take with her, head held high. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

After New Hampshire: Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz

I want to take a look at each of the candidates in the Republican presidential field following Donald Trump’s rout in the First in the Nation primary state of New Hampshire. In a nutshell, I believe the race effectively comes down to a Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz race. Cruz moving forward may be the only candidate down the stretch with the finances, organization and grassroots support to be able to stop Trump after the first two contests. Disclaimer: The results listed below reflect the results at 12:45a with 88.3% of precincts reporting in. I’ll update with final results later

The Forgotten Story: How Common Core Changed the Race in Iowa

Now that Iowa caucus-goers have spoken, lost in the discussion of Donald Trump’s underperformance, Ted Cruz’s ground game and Marco Rubio’s surge is an acknowledgement of one issue that separated the top Iowa finishers from (as Trump would say) the “losers.” That issue is Common Core. Cruz and Rubio have long been on record as opposing the national standards. Trump has relentlessly raised the issue ever since he entered the race. As the Iowa campaign came down to the wire, Trump released a Common Core-specific ad, and Rubio began devoting more and more time in his stump speech to the

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