Presidential primary brief: 498 days until Election Day


Welcome to the Monday presidential primary brief provided by Alabama Today. Every week you can find your latest headlines on the presidential primary races as we count down the days until Election Day.

245 days until AL Presidential Primary

498 days until Election Day

Convention Dates: Republican July 18-21 2016, Democratic July 25-28 2016

Weekly Headlines:

Primary Brief_GOP_June 29 2015

Primary Brief_Dem_June 29 2015
Press Clips:

Chris Christie Launches Campaign Website Three Days Before His Announcement (National Journal 6/27/15)

If the trips to New Hampshire and leaked announcement invitations weren’t big enough clues, Chris Christie is in for 2016. Like several other campaigns this cycle, Christie’s team went for a digital-first approach ahead of a formal announcement: The New Jersey governor launched a campaign website Saturday, just three days before he’s expected to announce his White House bid from the gym of the Livingston high school where he graduated. He signaled the site’s launch in a series of tweets Saturday morning.

New Poll: Bernie Sanders closing in on Hillary Clinton (The Blaze 6/26/15)

With the progressive wind at his back, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is emerging as the most viable Democratic challenger, at least in New Hampshire, to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. A WMUR/CNN poll released Thursday evening shows Sanders has narrowed the gap between him and Clinton from 21 percentage points to just 8 points in less than two months, for a Clinton lead of 43 percent to 35 percent. The poll was taken from 360 likely Democratic voters from June 18 to June 24. A year ago, Clinton trounced Sanders by 59 percent to 5 percent.

2016 candidates react to Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (NBC News 6/26/15)

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples prompted a flood of responses on Friday morning, including from those eyeing the White House in 2016. Reaction from the presidential hopefuls poured in almost immediately after the decision was announced. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton tweeted just moments after the news broke that she’s proud to celebrate the “historic victory.”

Here’s what climate hawk Martin O’Malley would do as president (Grist 6/25/15)

Say what you will about Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and current Democratic presidential candidate, but the man is a wonk. He may lack for narrative, but he will give you plenty of commonsense solutions. And he has a demonstrated commitment to combating climate change. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that despite his lagging far behind Hillary Clinton and even lefty Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the polls, he is the first candidate to produce anything resembling a detailed climate policy. It’s only a work in progress, and it isn’t even available yet on the campaign website. But O’Malley’s team shared with Grist a white paper outlining some significant climate change policy proposals. Collectively, they would go further than President Obama has — or than Hillary Clinton has called for thus far.

State Dept. gets Libya emails that Hillary Clinton didn’t hand over (NY Times 6/25/15)

The State Department said on Thursday that 15 emails sent or received by Hillary Rodham Clinton were missing from records that she has turned over, raising new questions about whether she deleted work-related emails from the private account she used exclusively while in office. The disclosure appeared to open the door for Republicans on Capitol Hill to get more deeply involved in the issue. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who is running for president, said he planned to send a series of questions to the State Department about the missing emails and about why it allowed her to use the personal account.

Scott Walker to announce 2016 intentions next month (CBS News 6/25/15)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will make his presidential intentions known the week of July 13, he said on Fox News Thursday night. In a crowded field of more than a dozen Republican candidates, Walker’s standing in the 2016 polls is relatively decent, so far. In a recent Fox poll of likely Republican voters, Walker tied for fourth place. A recent NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll put him in second place. The two-term governor has gained a reputation as a staunch conservative after successfully taking on unions in his state and pushing an often polarizing conservative agenda. Walker told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren that he would bring that same moxie to Washington, should he decide to run.

2016 contenders react to Obamacare ruling (Politico 6/25/15)

Here’s how the 2016 presidential contenders reacted on Twitter to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a major component of the Obamacare health law:

Fox News Poll: Bush, Trump score post-announcement bumps (Fox News 6/24/15)

There’s been a lineup change in the race for the GOP nomination, as businessman Donald Trump moves up after declaring his candidacy. He’s now second in the order after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who also got an uptick in support after his formal announcement. For Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still — by far — the team leader, according to a new Fox News national poll on the 2016 presidential election.

After son’s death, Biden not ruling out 2016 bid (CNN 6/22/15)

As Vice President Joe Biden slowly returns to official duties in Washington following his son’s death, a decision on mounting a third presidential bid looms in the not-so-distant future. In just more than a month, Biden will determine whether or not to make another go at the top job. And while many Democrats say they’re doubtful he will launch a presidential campaign, his supporters are holding out hope he decides to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. As he steps back into public life, Biden has set an early August deadline for making his intentions known, said a Democrat familiar with his thinking. Before his son’s death, Biden consistently said he wasn’t ruling out making a third bid for president.

Republicans reject donations from white supremacist leader (Politico 6/22/15)

The leader of a white supremacist group mentioned by Dylann Roof in his alleged manifesto has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns in recent years. Earl Holt, president of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, has given to prominent 2016 candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum over the years, among others, while provocative statements in his name have been posted online, including on the conservative news site TheBlaze, under the user name Earl P. Holt III.


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