Sen. Marco Rubio's mounting list of GOP presidential primary losses points to the limits of what some call his Starbucks-voter strategy, a campaign that has banked heavily on winning upwardly mobile, young suburban families.
But as Rubio's third-place and fourth-place finishes on Saturday show, his attempt to court white-collar Republicans is being vastly overshadowed by Donald Trump's success in energizing angry blue-collar conservatives.
If the trend continues, it raises serious doubts about whether the Florida senator can emerge as the establishment alternative to Trump.
Forty-eight hours after praising the rise of Ted Cruz as “nothing short of a miracle” during a rally for the Republican presidential candidate, an Idaho pastor was experiencing a miracle of his own Monday – recovering from a bullet to the head and other gunshot wounds sustained in an ambush outside a Coeur d'Alene church.
Tim Remington, a popular leader of the community’s religious right, was shot six times Sunday afternoon by a suspect authorities identified as a 30-year-old former Marine, Kyle Andrew Odom of Coeur d’Alene. A manhunt was underway Monday to find him and a silver Honda that sped from the Altar Church parking lot.
In a sign of his vulnerability in next week’s Florida primary, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has started airing a brutal television ad calling rival Marco Rubio a corrupt politician.
The 60-second spot targeting the Florida senator comes as Trump is struggling to limit the damage of a multi-million-dollar ad assault by Republican groups trying to stop the New York billionaire’s march toward the party nomination.
Polls have found Trump holding a double-digit, but narrowing, lead over Rubio in Florida's March 15 primary, a winner-take-all contest for 99 delegates.
Michael Bloomberg said Monday he would not enter the presidential race, acknowledging his concerns that a third-party bid could help elect Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz.
Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, had been considering an independent run as an alternative to Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Republican and Democratic front-runners. But polls showed he would seriously lag behind them both.
"When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win," Bloomberg wrote Monday in an essay announcing his decision.
The conservative Club for Growth is again taking on Donald Trump with a repeat showing of two ads it believes helped halt the billionaire's rise in early voting states.
The club is known for trying to oust GOP lawmakers who go soft on conservative economic policies. But it has emerged as one of the main groups attacking Trump, where its ads in Oklahoma and Iowa may have helped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz clinch victories.
The $2-million ad buy on cable and digital is now running in Illinois in advance of March 15 voting.
For all their shared views, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have come to this presidential contest with very different theories of how to command the presidency, driven by the Democratic schools in which they grew up and prospered.
In Sunday's presidential debate, Clinton demonstrated her pragmatic positioning, which caused her continued grief as Sanders hammered her on positions she has taken that date back to the more centrist 1990s. Sanders demonstrated his inflexible ideological bent, which caused him grief as Clinton hammered him on choosing purity even when that meant opposing steps such as money for the auto industry bailout on which so many jobs in Michigan depended.
The Democratic debate was nowhere near as confrontational as Thursday's Republican gathering, with its unintelligible shouting and references to candidate anatomy, but it represented the best honing of counterarguments by one candidate against the other in the party's long presidential contest.