New polling shows that the Republicans hold a slight edge over Democrats in enough key midterm Senate races to give the GOP control of the Senate.
With Republicans needing to take back six seats from Democrats to win back the majority in the Senate, A New York Times/CBS News/YouGov online survey of more than 100,000 likely voters, finds that Republican challengers hold leads in eight states for Senate seats currently held by Democrats, and no Democrats are leading in a state currently held by a Republican.
Although YouGov's survey still forecasts very tight contests and there are currently 10 races determined by no more than six percentage points, The New York Time's Upshot forecast has a 61 percent chance of a GOP-controlled Senate. FiveThirtyEight, a polling aggregation website, predicts that Republicans to have a 65.1 percent chance of winning back control of the Senate. more >>
Upset with how the Obama administration has handled recent global conflicts such as the rising threat from the Islamic State, Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared to suggest he has an increased interest in seeking a 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz said in an interview on Sunday with ABC News that aired on "This Week" where he heavily criticized President Barack Obama's leadership and his lack of urgency in dealing with the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, that the situation has caused him to more deeply consider a presidential run.
Cruz, who is in his first term, argued that the United States needs a leader that will not only lead within the American borders, but also must be capable of maintaining power and presence on the global front. more >>
Barack Obama's announcement that he will delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections in November has drawn severe criticism from Latino and immigration groups, who say the president has put politics before people.
"President Obama let the politics of fear get in the way of standing up for justice and fairness," says Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
"It is ironic that at a moment when immigrants, Latino and Asian-American communities have shown their strength — at the ballot box, at the workplace and in their communities — the president has chosen to stand instead with politicians and others who prefer a short-term gain," Hincapié says in a statement. more >>
Ever since Ben Carson famously criticized President Barack Obama's health care policies during a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many conservatives have rallied behind the retired neurosurgeon's conservative, anti-big government rhetorics and urged him to run for president in 2016. But despite passionate support among his fans, how will he overcome the fact that he has no political experience?
Carson has not officially announced his candidacy and plans to wait and see how November's midterm Congressional elections pan out, but he has already won a straw poll in Iowa and his book sales have beaten that of Hillary Clinton. Carson won the Polk County Iowa Republicans dinner straw poll, gaining an astonishing 62 percent of the vote Sunday night, and his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future, is expected to remain No. 1 on next week's New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, a spot the book has claimed since June. By comparison, the candidate that is the favorite to many liberals, Hillary Clinton, her book, Hard Choices, is No. 6 on that list.
Although winning a small poll of just 261 people at a dinner and having a best-selling book don't quite mean much in the realm of total support for a presidential election, it should be noted that The National Draft Ben Carson Committee has raised over $8.7 million, according to the Washington Post. By comparison, Clinton's super PAC, Ready For Hillary, has raised $8.25 million. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and rising conservative superstar Dr. Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at a Polk County Republican Party dinner in Des Moines, Iowa Sunday night by a landslide. He is getting a team together should he decide to battle for the White House in 2016.
A report by The Des Moines Register said the event was dominated by Carson's supporters who travelled from areas like Kansas City and Minneapolis. Carson won 62 percent of the 261 votes in the poll while his closest rival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, got just seven percent of the votes. Texas Gov. Rick Perry got four percent while the remaining votes were scattered among several other potential 2016 candidates.
Appearing on the O'Reilly Factor Tuesday, Carson told host Bill O'Reilly that he is already raising money and putting a team together should he decide to run for president in 2016 after midterm elections in November. more >>
Tea Party candidates had few victories in the 2014 congressional primary season. By challenging "establishment" Republicans, did those Tea Party challenges, nonetheless, make the Republican Party more conservative?
After winning 10 targeted races in the 2010 congressional midterm elections, the Tea Party movement of the Republican Party had only one clear victory this year. Tea Party-backed John Ratcliffe knocked off 91-year-old Ralph Hall in Texas' 4th Congressional district. Other than that, those backed by the Tea Party were unable to be "2014's Ted Cruz," the Tea Party candidate who won election as Texas senator in 2012. It seems as though 2014 is the year the "establishment" held its ground.
Even though the movement claims that the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June to economics professor Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District as a major Tea Party victory, Brat did not receive the movement's support until the very end of the race when they saw he could win and should not be considered a true champion of the Tea Party movement, Dr. John Ishiyama, a professor of political science at University of North Texas, explained in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>