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As Donald Trump struggles, some Republicans talking 2020 challenge

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Mark Cuban isn’t ready to launch a formal campaign to challenge President Donald Trump. Yet Cuban, an outspoken Texas billionaire who describes himself as “fiercely independent” politically, sees an opportunity for someone to take down the Republican president, who is increasingly viewed as divisive and incompetent even within his own party.

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Disorder at Donald Trump rallies: As American as cherry pie?

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Even before the presidential candidate arrived at the rally, the arena seethed. Fistfights broke out as the national anthem played. Supporters tore up demonstrators’ signs, beat them with sticks, pummeled them with folding chairs. The year was 1968; the candidate was Alabama Gov. George Wallace. If you’re struggling with feelings of deja vu, you’re not alone. The recent dark turn of the 2016 presidential campaign — the ugly scuffles and confrontations at Donald Trump‘s rallies — has brought back memories…

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Donald Trump campaign abandons plans for rally Sunday in Jacksonville

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The Donald Trump road show will go on Sunday… but not in Jacksonville, as plans for a Cecil Field rally appear to have been abandoned. Trump, whose rallies have an energy not seen in these parts since the era of George Wallace, will make one Florida stop in Boca Raton Sunday, with his earlier stops that day in Illinois and Ohio, where his polls are within the MOE of Ted Cruz and John Kasich respectively. Sources familiar with the thinking of the Trump campaign…

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Today on Context Florida: History repeats, Andrew Jackson, Florida’s primary, momentum and school readiness

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Today on Context Florida: Hoping for a moderate presidential nominee in 1972, Martin Dyckman says the Democrats who controlled the Florida Legislature set up a primary intended to award Sen. Edmund Muskie most of the state’s delegates. George Wallace won them instead – 75 of the 81 – with pluralities in all but one congressional district and 41.6 percent of the overall vote. The damage to Muskie, who placed fourth, was irreparable. It contributed significantly to the eventual nomination of the…

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Darryl Paulson on the zenith of Donald Trump

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Here are two critical points concerning Donald Trump. First, he is barely a Republican. Second, he is certainly not a conservative. It is obvious that Trump is leading the field of 17 Republican candidates. His support in four recent polls all had Trump in first place, ranging from a low of 21 percent in the Bloomberg poll to 26 percent in both the Fox poll and the Monmouth University poll. That’s the good news for Trump. The bad news is…

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Martin Dyckman: Winner-take-all primary could backfire on Florida GOP

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The first Florida presidential primary that ever mattered was intended to enhance U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. It dealt him a staggering defeat instead. Florida Republican leaders might want to consider that example before structuring next year’s primary as a winner-take-all clincher for former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. For the Republicans going into 2016, the field is even more volatile than it was for the Democrats in 1972. No assumption is safe.…

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