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President Gingrich? That’s who had the big lead in Republican race four years ago today

Donald Trump is dominating the 2016 Republican race, if you consider polling between 27 and 35 percent nationally a dominant position.


Let’s play some Karl Rove on Karl Rove

You can’t negotiate a truce with a guy like Karl Rove, and you can’t make peace with him, either, by endlessly parsing his words. So how do you neutralize him? By playing his game.


Chris Graham: Newt Gingrich is right on global warming

Newt Gingrich thinks John Kerry should resign after telling a conference in Indonesia on Sunday that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”


Poll: Santorum headed toward big win in Louisiana

Rick Santorum appears to be headed toward building on recent victories in the Deep South with another strong showing in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary. Public Policy Polling has Santorum at 42 percent in Louisiana, with national frontrunner Mitt Romney at 28 percent, Newt Gingrich at 18 percent and Ron Paul in fourth at 8 […]


PPP: Romney headed for big win in Illinois

Mitt Romney has a commanding lead in the final polls in Illinois heading into Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary. Public Policy Polling has Romney at 45 percent, Rick Santorum at 30 percent and Newt Gingrich a distant third at 12 percent. Looking inside the numbers, the strength for the former Massachusetts governor is among voters in […]


Poll: Primaries too close to call

Polling done by Public Policy Polling has today’s Republican Party presidential primaries in Mississippi and Alabama too close to call. The PPP surveys have Newt Gingrich with a 33 percent-to-31 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Mississippi with Rick Santorum a close third at 27 percent. Romney has a slight lead in an even tighter […]


David Reynolds: Only in Virginia

On Tuesday when my wife and I went to the polls to vote we found out that the privilege to freely vote for the candidate of our choice has been completely taken away. Yes, again, this is politics as played in Virginia – and other lands where government restricts your choices. I am not referring […]


Suffolk U. Ohio poll shows Santorum edging Romney

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (37 percent) leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (33 percent) by a narrow margin, according to a Suffolk University poll of likely Republican Primary voters in Ohio. Newt Gingrich (16 percent) was a distant third, and Ron Paul struggled (8 percent) in single digits with 6 percent undecided.  The race […]


PPP: Santorum polling better than Romney against Obama

New polling by Public Policy Polling has for the first time a GOP candidate other than Mitt Romney faring better in a hypothetical matchup with Barack Obama. Rick Santorum, riding the wave of a string of victories in Republican presidential contests last week, has for now the mantle of “most electable” Republican candidate, according to […]


Poll: Santorum builds big, if brief, lead in GOP race

It may be fleeting, but Rick Santorum is riding a wave of enthusiasm about victories in presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado earlier in the week to a big lead for the Republican Party nomination in a new national poll. A Public Policy Polling survey released on Saturday has Santorum with the support of […]


W&L convention picks Romney as GOP presidential nominee

Washington and Lee University’s 2012 Mock Republican Convention awarded its nomination to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday. The Indiana delegation put Romney over the top by awarding all 46 of its delegates to him, touching off a flag-waving celebration in the University’s Warner Center. Following the nomination of Romney, the convention’s tri-chairs announced […]


Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion-Dude? Was That You? Edition

On a crowded elevator turn to the friend next to you and say “Dude! Really? On an elevator? Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to apologize for my friend. I want to assure you that I will be having a man to man conversation about his behavior. Oh man, this is just awful! It’s not […]


Poll: Romney on way to Florida landslide?

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has opened up a 20-point lead in the final days leading up to the Republican primary in Florida, according to a Suffolk University/7NEWS (WSVN-Miami) poll of likely Republican primary voters in Florida. Romney led Newt Gingrich 47 percent to 27 percent, while Rick Santorum got 12 percent and Ron Paul […]


Poll: Romney now holds lead in Florida

Whatever momentum that Newt Gingrich had after his big win in South Carolina seems to be eroding, with new polling in Florida showing Mitt Romney on top by eight points. The latest Public Policy Polling Florida poll has Romney at 40 percent and Gingrich at 32 percent. On Tuesday, PPP had Gingrich at 38 percent […]


Poll: Gingrich has early lead in Florida

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a five-point lead on Mitt Romney among Florida Republicans, according to poll numbers released on Monday by Public Policy Polling. PPP has Gingrich at 38 percent in Florida and Romney at 33 percent. Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucus earlier this month, is a distant third at 13 […]


Chris Graham: Breaking down the McDonnell-Romney endorsement

The cynic’s view could be that Bob McDonnell is jumping on the Mitt Romney bandwagon with his endorsement today of presumptive GOP presidential nomination frontrunner Mitt Romney. If you believe that Romney is not only the frontrunner but the all-but-declared nominee, then the Virginia governor would be guilty of bandwagon-jumping. But then there’s this hard […]


Poll: Gingrich leads in SC

A tracking poll from Public Policy Polling has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich leading Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina by six points. The PPP tracking poll has Gingrich at 35 percent and Romney at 29 percent. Ron Paul and Iowa caucus winner Rick Santorum are well back in a third-place tie […]


Federal judge says state ballot-access law likely unconstitutional

A Richmond federal judge wrote today that the Virginia law requiring that persons who circulate petitions for primary candidates be state residents is likely to be held unconstitutional. The law was challenged by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry and three other candidates who were excluded from the Virginia Republican primary ballot when they did not […]


Poll: Romney appears headed to big win in NH

Mitt Romney is primed to complete the political perfecta of winning both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, according to the final two-day Suffolk University/7News tracking poll of likely voters in New Hampshire. Romney (37 percent) led Ron Paul (18 percent), Jon Huntsman (16 percent), Rick Santorum (11 percent), and Newt Gingrich (9 […]


Suffolk: Romney holds big lead in New Hampshire

A win in Iowa and an endorsement from 2008 Republican nominee John McCain did not provide a bounce for Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, according to the latest Suffolk University/7News two-day tracking poll. Romney dropped 2 percentage points, though he still holds a commanding lead with 41 percent of likely voters in the Jan. 10 […]


PPP: Iowa headed to photo finish

Ron Paul holds a slim lead in Iowa heading into this week’s Republican presidential caucuses, but Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have made up a lot of ground in the past week, making it anybody’s ballgame at this point in time. Paul was at 20 percent in polling released Monday by Public Policy Polling, with […]


Bolling takes swipe at Cuccinelli over primary

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reversed his position on an earlier public call for immediate action that would allow candidates who failed to qualify for the March Republican presidential primary a spot on the ballot. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling took a swipe at his rival for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination in the aftermath, encouraging […]


Cuccinelli amends stance on ballot access

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reversed course on his call for immediate corrective action regarding ballot access for the March Republican Party presidential primary. “After working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a […]


PPP: Paul continues to lead in Iowa

Texas Congressman Ron Paul continues to hold a modest lead in Iowa as the days count down to the first presidential contest of the 2012 presidential cycle. Public Policy Polling has Paul at the front of the pack of contenders in the Iowa Republican caucuses at 24 percent. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is second at […]


Gingrich, Perry fail to qualify for Virginia GOP primary

It looks like the 2012 Virginia Republican presidential primary will be a two-horse race. The Republican Party of Virginia reported on its Twitter feed that Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich did not qualify for ballot access to the March 6 primary. That leaves former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas […]


Poll: Gingrich leads nationally, but …

The good news for Newt Gingrich – and if you’re a loyal backer of the former House Speaker, don’t get too excited, but here it is: Gingrich continues to lead the Republican presidential field in the national polls. The bad news: His campaign appears to be cratering in Iowa and New Hampshire, the homes of […]


Poll: Obama holding steady in Virginia

The conventional wisdom is that how Barack Obama fares in Virginia in 2012 will determine the fate of his re-election campaign. If that is the case, Obama is looking good for a second term. A Public Policy Polling survey of Virginia voters released on Wednesday has Obama running ahead of top Republican challengers Newt Gingrich […]


Poll: Cuccinelli with big early lead in ’13 GOP gubernatorial race

Ken Cuccinelli holds an early 19-point lead in the race for the 2013 Republican Party gubernatorial nomination, according to poll numbers released by Public Policy Polling on Tuesday. The attorney general leads the lieutenant governor by a 44 percent-to-25 percent margin in the PPP survey of GOP voters. The lead is based largely on Cuccinelli’s […]


Poll: Obama still leads GOP field

President Obama is far from a safe bet for re-election in 2012, but despite his political troubles, the Democrat still leads the Republican field. A new poll by Public Policy Polling has Obama ahead of the top six GOP contenders by margins ranging from three to 11 points. The toughest matchup continues to be Obama-Mitt […]


Poll: Another new frontrunner in GOP race?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in the Republican Pary presidential race a new national poll. Gingrich is at 28 percent in a poll released today by Public Policy Polling. Herman Cain, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in several recent polls, was second in today’s PPP release at 25 percent. Mitt […]


Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion-Nashua Debate Edition

It’s not that we have a deficit, we usually have had one, it’s that the deficit is 1.6 Trillion. It’s not that we have illegal immigrants, we always have, it’s that the numbers are close to 20 million. It’s not that we have debt, we always have, it’s that it is 14 Trillion. It’s not […]


Obama maintains strong position in new Virginia poll

President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Virginia is over 50 percent, and he would take the state in presidential voting if the election were held today, and by a comfortable margin. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee does the best of the expected Republican contenders and still trails Obama by a 52 percent-to-43 percent margin, according […]


Trump Card: The Donald leads among GOP contenders

Donald Trump would hold a healthy early lead over the Republican field in the 2012 presidential race if he were to throw his hat into the ring. That’s the finding of a new survey of likely GOP primary voters conducted by Public Policy Polling. Trump has the support of 26 percent of likely Republican primary […]


Poll: Obama looking good, relatively

The good news for Republicans – Barack Obama is testing weak in the national polls. The good news for Barack Obama – Republicans are testing even weaker. “Obama’s numbers continue to tell the same story. Voters aren’t all that enamored with him right now, but when they look at him, and then they look at […]


Obama sitting pretty in Virginia for ’12?

Polling done last week in Virginia suggests that Barack Obama would do well in what has become a key swing state in the 2012 presidential election. Obama, who in 2008 became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Virginia since the 1960s, leads his closest potential Republican challenger in the state by six points, according […]


Poll: Obama’s numbers up against GOP field

Barack Obama is polling better in the first month of 2011 than he has since late 2009. A new Public Policy Polling survey of voter preferences looking way ahead to November 2012 buttresses recent gains in job approval in other surveys. Obama would beat Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee by five-point margins, […]


The World According To ChrisGraham.com: What the mosque issue is really all about

Chris Graham breaks down the controversy over a proposed Muslim community center in New York in terms of the burgeoning divide that marks American politics and American civil society. Link to the column on TheWorldAccordingToChrisGraham.com.


The World According To ChrisGraham.com: Even more fun with numbers

Public Policy Polling is helping me fill out another slow late-spring news day. Thanks, fellas! Today’s tidbits from PPP – that Democrats have a slight, slight lead in a generic congressional ballot over Republicans for the first time since December, and that Barack Obama continues to lead his potential 2012 GOP opponents in hypothetical one-on-one […]


Stop the Presses | The GOP’s Palin Quandary

Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m a Republican Party strategist. So I’m musing on the news that somehow, some way, Sarah Palin is even more popular among the GOP base now that she’s up and quit her job as governor of Alaska barely halfway through her one term in office, that two-thirds of my […]


Stop the Presses | The death of the Dems

We can’t leave well enough alone. Barack Obama won the keys to the White House, and our liberal and progressive friends are fretting over how he’s going to govern. We’re going to be Republicans fighting each other to the death before you know. Stop the Presses commentary by AFP editor Chris Graham. Length: 2:18.