When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks.
The data modeling from Rocket Fuel shows that this group leans against a path to citizenship for workers in the U.S. illegally. And these particular voters have become surprisingly easy – some argue creepily so – for campaigns to find and approach. So have consumers of frozen vegetables, who are more likely to oppose abortion. As have people curious about diabetes, a group that tends to settle on a candidate early in the race.
“Knowing the nuances of each voter beyond whether they lean right or left makes every difference,” said JC Medici, the firm’s national director of politics and advocacy. “We can identify what people are persuadable.”
The debate schedule has been a sore point throughout the primary, with the Democratic National Committee sanctioning only a handful of nationally televised contests, often on weekend nights that sapped viewership.
When NBC pushed to hold another debate in New Hampshire next week -- five days before the state's primary on Feb. 9 -- Clinton agreed. But Sanders hesitated.
Donald Trump remained steadfast in his vow to bypass Thursday's debate, insisting his campaign will not face backlash from voters because of his absence.
Speaking Wednesday on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," the billionaire businessman pointed to his performance in the six previous GOP presidential debates as proof he's given voters the opportunity to weigh his candidacy.
"Everybody said I won all six debates and especially the last one, so I don't mind debating. In fact, I actually like debating," he said.
Only Donald Trump could make a debate without Donald Trump all about Donald Trump.
That’s one plausible scenario for what Thursday night’s GOP candidate face-off could turn into should the Republican presidential front-runner follow through on his vow to boycott the session because of a spat with Fox News. With Trump on the sidelines and an audience of the party’s base, the remaining candidates surely could see value in coming to the defense of moderator Megyn Kelly and the network whose prime-time lineup she anchors.
Donald Trump announced details Wednesday of the event for veterans he plans to host at the same time as the Republican debate he's vowed to skip, underscoring his commitment to gaining the upper hand in his feud with Fox News.
Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, said Tuesday that he will skip the debate, hosted by Fox News, after the network mocked him for challenging the credibility of its anchor Megyn Kelly.
The billionaire businessman will host what his campaign is calling a special event to benefit veterans' organizations at the same hour the debate will begin. Trump's event and the debate are set for Thursday night in Des Moines.
Orange City is in the heart of Sioux County, the deepest red, most overwhelmingly Republican part of Iowa. The small town in the state's northwestern corner was settled by Dutch immigrants, and the community proudly celebrates that heritage.
The "Centrum" is downtown, where businesses feature Dutch-themed architecture. The city offers tax incentives to promote the style:
The community is deeply religious. "Living your faith" is an integral part of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Donald Trump picked up the backing this week of Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the legendary evangelical founder of Liberty University.
Not to be outdone, Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, announced his support late Tuesday for Sen. Ted Cruz.
Evangelicals appear increasingly split over the GOP's two front-runners. Trump and Cruz, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, are trying to win over religious voters seeking a candidate who can fight Democrats while staying true to religious principles.
As the Clinton campaign warns wavering Democrats that Bernie Sanders lacks the experience needed to get things done in Washington and is selling an unrealistic agenda, MoveOn.org is responding with a spirited rebuttal – starring a former member of Bill Clinton’s cabinet.
In a video going viral among liberals this week, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich returns to his whiteboard and marker – the same tools he used to mobilize liberals against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal – to layout why a vote for Bernie Sanders is not a wasted vote. It’s been watched 3.5 million times so far.
Over the course of three minutes, Reich tees up and then swiftly moves to knock down a half dozen oft-repeated concerns of the Bernie Sanders “skeptics.” Example: “America would never elect a socialist.” Reich pauses, looks disappointingly into the camera and then says, “Please.”