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Marco Rubio starting 2016 with stops in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa

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Marco Rubio is kicking off 2016 with a swing through three early voting states. The Florida senator is expected to make three campaign stops in South Carolina on Saturday. He’ll start the day at with a meet-and-greet at Mutt’s BBQ Easley, in Easley, South Carolina, before heading to Hilton Head for a meet-and-greet. On Friday, the campaign announced it was moving the Hilton Head event to a larger venue because of interest. Rubio will wrap up his day-long South Carolina swing a with…

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Jeb Bush super PAC targets Chris Christie, John Kasich in New Hampshire

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A super PAC supporting Jeb Bush will begin airing advertisements in New Hampshire this week as the former Florida governor tries to make gains in advance of the state’s Feb. 9 primary. On Tuesday, Right to Rise USA released a 30-second spot that contrasts Bush’s record with the records of Govs. Chris Christie and John Kasich. The advertisement — dubbed “Three Governors” — focuses on Bush’s record in several areas, including hurricane response, job creation and health care. Bush has…

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Half of U.S. voters embarrassed with Donald Trump as president, Quinnipiac poll finds

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Six weeks before the Iowa Caucuses open the 2016 presidential race in earnest, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz lead the Republican field nationally, but Trump trails either Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and 50 percent of American voters say they would be embarrassed to have Trump as president, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released Tuesday. Trump has 28 percent of the GOP pack, with Cruz of Texas at…

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Jeb Bush picks up several Lindsey Graham backers in South Carolina

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has moved quickly to pick up key members of Lindsey Graham‘s financial network in South Carolina after Graham suspended his campaign. Graham’s withdrawal from the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday has opened up opportunities for his former rivals, particularly in his home state of South Carolina. Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, a veteran fundraiser who was Graham’s state finance chairman, has signed on to help Bush, a campaign official…

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Donald Trump says he’s ‘totally committed’ to GOP

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Donald Trump says he’s now ‘‘totally committed to the Republican party’’ and won’t run as an independent if he’s not the GOP nominee. Trump was responding to concerns that he would stay in the race as an independent if another Republican wins the nomination, and send Hillary Clinton to the White House by splitting the conservative vote. The business mogul says he’s gained great respect for the people he’s met during his candidacy and is honored to be the front-runner.…

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RPOF adopts new ballot rule for Presidential Primary

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday approved a plan for candidates running in the state’s presidential preference primary that doesn’t require them to pay homage to the party faithful. The state’s GOP executive committee voted 35-1 to adopt a rule that gives candidates options to get on the ballot, instead of making them show up to November’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando. The lone “no” vote was not immediately identified. Now, candidates may also task volunteers to get at least 125 signatures in each of…

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