Mark Z. Barabak traveled to Marshalltown, a small town in central Iowa, and talked to people there about the roiling campaign debate over immigration. What they said provides an important reminder that voters' views are usually much more nuanced than the loud proclamations of candidates on the stump.
New Hampshire, which holds its first-in-the-nation primary eight days after Iowa's caucus, prides itself on its easy access to the ballot. This year, as in past elections, scores of unknowns will share the primary ballot with better-known names like Clinton, Trump and Jeb Bush. Michael A. Memoli moderated a debate this week with 23 of the lesser knowns. His account of the experience is a tale of grass-roots democracy persisting in the media age.
Latinos make up one of the fastest-growing groups in the American electorate and one that could be pivotal in this election. Kate Linthicum had two stories this week about the country's Latino population. One looked at the rapid growth of the potential Latino electorate and why actual turnout likely will continue to lag behind that potential. The other presented the latest evidence on a fact often ignored on the campaign trail: the number of immigrants in the country illegally has been declining rapidly over the last decade.
"I'm like a fungus," he says. "I grow on people."
The two of them teamed up for a look at Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, whose goal in Iowa is coming in third.
Finally, amid the welter of campaign promises, do you wonder what the public sees as the top priorities for the government? The nonpartisan Pew Research Center surveyed Americans, and here's our account of what they found out.
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Can Rubio swing the nomination even if he loses the first few contests? What percentage of the delegates would Trump have to amass to become unstoppable? Where does Cruz need to prevail? David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report teamed up with the data experts at FiveThirtyEight.com to answer those questions. The result is an invaluable map to the contests ahead. On the Democratic side, Wasserman also makes a telling point: Iowa and New Hampshire are must-wins for Sanders; Clinton, by contrast, could definitely win the nomination without them.