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Mitch Perry Report for 8.3.15 — Forget Thursday. 14 GOP prez candidates debate tonight in NH

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Happy Monday, which, if you live or work in Tampa, means another perilous morning for actually driving your car, as it’s raining hard once again as I write this (6:18 a.m.). This weekend’s storms and floods indicate that Tampa may never become the major city it aspires to; though there are plans to raise taxes to pay for stormwater projects this year, the conventional wisdom laid down by geologists and past and present mayors of Tampa is that the way that the…

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Donald Trump leads GOP field in yet another national poll

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Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential field of candidates just days before the first major debate of the political season, leading with 19 percent support in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. He’s followed by Scott Walker at 15 percent, and Jeb Bush third at 14 percent. All other Republican candidates earn single digit backing. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is favored by 9 percent of primary voters; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are tied…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.30.15 — Jim Gilmore joins the GOP race for prez. Why?

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While the political media world continues to profess astonishment at Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, how about talking about the latest Republican to enter the 2016 sweepstakes? Say hello to Jim Gilmore. Jim who, you might ask? Actually, “why” might be the better adverb here. Gilmore, 65, was governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. (Virginia term limits governors to only one four-year term.) He also ran for president in 2007 before dropping out of the race amid a lack…

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New Monmouth New Hampshire poll: Donald Trump 24 percent, Jeb Bush 12 percent

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Another GOP presidential poll shows that Donald Trump’s comments about John McCain’s war service 10 days ago did not implode his campaign, as too many pundits predicted. A Monmouth University Poll of likely New Hampshire Republican votes shows the New York businessman/celebrity leading the field with 24 percent support, double the next closest competitor, Jeb Bush, who is at 12 percent. Shooting up to third place in the poll is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is tied with Scott Walker at 7…

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2016 Republicans use Donald Trump, TV to make debate cut

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Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump‘s credibility and branding the billionaire businessman “a cancer on conservatism.” Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire. With the first debate of the Republican presidential campaign approaching, the White House hopefuls are trying everything they can to improve their polling position. A candidate needs to place in the top 10 in an average of national polls to meet the criteria…

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Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush, rest of GOP presidential field in new Fox poll

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Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in a new Fox News poll released on Friday morning with 18 percent support. The businessman/celebrity’s rise has been dramatic; He’s up seven percentage points since last month and up 14 points since May. Scott Walker is second with 15 percent, followed closely by Jeb Bush at 14 percent. In fourth place is Rand Paul at 8 percent, Marco Rubio at 7 percent, Dr. Ben Carson at 6 percent, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee at…

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Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush nationally in USA Today poll, 17-14%

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With Scott Walker’s official entry into the GOP presidential contest on Monday, there are now 15 Republicans vying for the highest office in the land. But if you were to just follow the polls in the past week, there are now two men that matter in the mid-summer of 2015: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. A new Suffolk University/USA Today poll published on Tuesday shows the bombastic New York City businessman leading Bush in a new poll, 17-14 percent. Walker is third in…

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