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7 things to watch in monthlong sprint to Iowa caucuses

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The 2016 presidential election has defied all expectations so far. An enormous field of GOP candidates, still a dozen strong with a month to go before the leadoff Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. The billionaire outsider who has tapped into the anger and fears of a nervous nation. A son and brother of presidents who is struggling to connect with voters despite his tremendous financial advantage. In less than a month, voters will begin having their say in what could…

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Florida primary ballot set: 13 Republicans, 3 Democrats

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Florida’s presidential primary ballot will feature 13 Republican candidates and three Democratic ones. Monday was the deadline for candidates to ask to have their name removed from the March primary ballot. Bobby Jindal, who suspended his presidential campaign in November, was the only candidate who asked to be dropped from the ballot. Florida Republican voters will choose from among these candidates: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand…

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Marco Rubio in 4th place in Iowa in new poll

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Despite the support from more major donors and the so-called GOP establishment, Marco Rubio‘s campaign doesn’t appear to be doing much in Iowa, site of the first caucuses next year. The Florida senator remains in fourth place in Iowa, according a poll released Sunday. The big story in the Des Moines Register  is the rise of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who leads the survey with 31 percent support, giving him a 10-point lead over Donald Trump, who has 21 percent support in the…

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Donald Trump irks Jewish donors with comments on Mideast peace

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The Jewish donors gathered Thursday had two demands of the Republican presidential candidates who’d come to speak to them: unambiguous support for Israel and respect. Donald Trump seemed to fail at both. The party’s 2016 front-runner openly questioned Israel’s commitment to the Mideast peace process in his remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, echoing comments he made the night before in an interview with The Associated Press. He drew boos after refusing to endorse Jerusalem as the nation’s undivided capital.…

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Bobby Jindal to be on Florida GOP ballot for president next year, but not George Pataki

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Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia delivered a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday with a list of 14 GOP presidential candidates who have qualified to be on the Florida presidential preference primary next March. The letter lists Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rand Paul (shown in photo signing forms in Orlando two weeks ago at the Sunshine Summit putting his…

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New Bloomberg poll: Donald Trump 24%, Ben Carson 20%, Marco Rubio 12%

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A Bloomberg Politics poll released on Thursday morning shows Donald Trump continuing to lead the GOP race for president with 24 percent, followed up by Dr. Ben Carson at 20 percent. Marco Rubio continues his rise — the Florida Senator is now at 12 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is fourth with 9 percent. Jeb Bush is next up with 5 percent, followed by Chris Christie at 4 percent, and then a four-way tie at 3 percent between Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Mike…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz says GOP has gone too far in responses to Paris terrorist attacks

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accusing Marco Rubio and other Republicans of descending to the bottom of the barrel in their partisan responses to the Paris terrorist attacks. “This weekend our three Democratic candidates for president held a substantive conversation about keeping our country safe that remained serious and demonstrated respect for voters,” Wasserman Schultz said, referring to the Democratic presidential debate broadcast live on CBS on Saturday night from Des Moines. “In sharp contrast, Republican candidates for president…

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