Presidential Primary Brief: 456 days until Election Day


202 days until AL Presidential Primary

456 days until Election Day

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

Weekly Headlines:

Primary Brief_Democratic Polls_10 August 2015

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Press Clips: 

Trump defends record on women as rivals pile on (U.S. News and World Report 8/9/15)

 Donald Trump doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon, so his rivals are scrambling to figure out how best to handle the blowback from every new bout of bluster drowning out their campaigns. Lead the charge, if you’re the sole woman in the Republicans’ White House race and trying to crack the top tier for the next debate, by questioning Trump’s ability to withstand the pressure of the presidency.

Donors after Carly Fiorina’s debate performance: ‘Nothing attracts money like success’ (Reuters 8/7/15)

 Republican Carly Fiorina moved fast on Friday to capitalize on a profile raising debate performance, appealing to potential donors and urging grassroots supporters to open their wallets for her underdog 2016 White House bid. The former business executive and only woman in the 17-­‐strong Republican presidential field won rave reviews for a strong performance in the early debate on Thursday, out of the prime-­‐time spotlight.

Kasich Backs Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants (Wall Street Journal 8/9/15)

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Sunday called for a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., as well as a guest worker program to meet the needs of the labor market. “The 12 million who are here, we ought to find out who they are,” he said on CNN. “If they’ve been law-­‐abiding over a period of time they ought to be legalized and they ought to be able to stay here. There are people who contribute a lot to the U.S.”

#BlackLivesMatter shuts down Bernie Sanders, accuses liberals of ‘passivity’ (Christian Science Monitor 8/9/15) 

Bernie Sanders, a self-­‐proclaimed socialist, and budding Democratic presidential candidate, was pushed off stage by Black Lives Matter protestors at an event in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday. As The Washington Post reported, Mr. Sanders was scheduled to be the final speaker at a lengthy program held at a city park, but, before he could take the microphone, a small group of protestors from a Seattle chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement took the stage and demanded that the crowd hold Sanders “accountable” for not doing enough, in their view, to address police brutality and other issues on the group’s agenda.

Hillary Clinton certifies email handover, but aides demur (Politico 8/8/15

Acting in response to a request from a federal judge, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday submitted her first official, formal certification under penalty of perjury that she had all her work-­‐related email turned over to the State Department. However, two aides to Clinton appear to have rebuffed parallel requests from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that they similarly certify that they’d turned over certain emails and other records in their possession relating to their work at State.

Post-­‐debate polls Finds Trump still leading pack, Carly Fiorina winner of debates (MSNBC 8/9/15)

 Following Thursday’s Republican debates, an overnight poll shows Donald Trump maintaining his edge over the crowded field of Republican candidates. The survey also finds a majority of Trump supporters say they would vote for him as an independent candidate for president, in the event he does not win the Republican nomination. The NBC News online poll conducted by SurveyMonkey over Friday night and into Saturday showed possible movement among the candidates following the debates, as well as Republican primary voters declaring Carly Fiorina the overall debate winner.

Republican debate draws 24 million viewers (New York Times 8/7/15)

Fox News’s telecast of Thursday night’s Republican debate drew a staggering 23.9 million viewers, making it the highest-­‐rated presidential primary debate ever and among the most-­‐ viewed events in cable TV history. The debate smashed Fox News’s previous record for viewership and it became the ninth-­‐most-­‐viewed cable program ever, according to Nielsen. The top eight were college football bowl games broadcast on ESPN. The debate also had 7.9 million viewers in the 25-­‐to-­‐54-­‐year-­‐old demographic that is coveted by advertisers.


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