February 4, 2016 - The results of the Iowa Caucuses have brought some clarity to the the 2016 presidential race. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas soared to a first place finish while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just barely edged Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The aftermath of the voting in Iowa also caused four other candidates to realize it was time to pack it in. We'll take a look first at the results of the Iowa Caucuses.
While the last polls heading into caucus night had showed New York Businessman Donald Trump in the lead, Cruz with an apparently superior ground came was able to upset Trump with a first place finish. Cruz netted 27.6% of the votes cast followed by Trump with 24.3%. In a strong third third place finish and one of the big stories of the night Senator Marco Rubio of Florida came on strong and won 23.1% of the vote.
For the rest of the Republican field Dr. Ben Carson , who at one time led the polls in Iowa , came in fourth at 9.3%. Next up was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 4.5% and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 2.8%. Former CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Governor John Kasich tied at 1.9% apiece followed by two more candidates tied at 1.8% each those being former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Rounding out the GOP field was former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 1% followed by for former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore at 0%.
On the Democrat side it was not to the middle of the next day when Clinton was finally declared the winner with 49.9% to 49.6% for Sanders. Former Maryland Martin O'Malley got up on the score board with 0.6%.
With the results of Iowa know in the history books, it was time for four candidates to take their campaign buttons and put them in storage. First to realize it was not his time was O'Malley who ended his White house bid on caucus night as did Huckabee.
The next candidate to realize it was time to throw in the towel was Paul , who said he would return to Kentucky to concentrate his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Finally Santorum , who actually won the Iowa Caucus in 2012, announced he was leaving the race.
Here is one more salute to the campaign buttons of O'Malley , Huckabee , Paul and Santorum.
January 25, 2016 - With one week to go the Iowa Caucus its time for former Governor Texas Rick Perry for put on a Ted Cruz campaign button as Perry has just endorsed his fellow Texas Cruz for president. No stranger to presidential politics , Perry ran for the Republican nomination in 2012 and in 2015 before dropping out last September. Perry is expected to campaign with Cruz in Iowa on Tuesday.
The Perry endorsement is probably Cruz's biggest endorsement so far of the presidential race and gives him so fuel heading into the last week of Iowa. While the Perry endorsement is good it probably is not going to generate as much excitement as last weeks endorsement of New York Businessman Donald Trump by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.
Latest poll out on Iowa shows Trump in the lead with 34% followed by Cruz with 23%. In third place is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 12% followed by Dr. Ben Carson with 7%.
Next up is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6% followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush all knotted up at 4% each.
Scoring the support of 2% each are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee , Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
In last place in the poll was former CEO Carly Fiorina with 1%.
January 9, 2016 - With the first votes of the 2016 presidential primary season set to be cast in just a few weeks , Senator Ted Cruz of Texas leads in Iowa while New York Businessman Donald Trump is ahead in New Hampshire.
In Iowa, Cruz has the support of 27% followed by Trump at 23% and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida at 15%. They are followed by Dr. Ben Carson at 9% , former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 7% and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at 5%.
The rest of the field is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 4%, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 2% and all tied up at 1% each are former CEO Carly Fiorina , Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
In New Hampshire the undisputed front runner is Trump at 33% followed by Rubio at 15% and Cruz at 12%. Bush has the support of 9% followed by Kasich at 7%. Tied at 5% each are Christie and Paul. Next up is Carson who has the backing of 4% of those polled followed by Fiorina at 3%.
December 31, 2015 - Matching her dominance in poll numbers, former Secretary State of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign buttons are the best sellers of 2015.
According to Chris Daniels of campaingbuttons-etc , Clinton campaign buttons when compared with all 5 Democrats and all 17 Republicans running for the White House in 2016 accounted for 18.2% of sales for the year. Clinton's closest competitor and no stranger to retail merchandising himself, is New York Businessman Donald Trump with sales of campaign buttons of 12.5%. Trump is followed surprisingly by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 8.1%. While current national polling has Bush is low single digits, the percentage of campaign button sold indicates that Bush may be doing better than is actually be reflected in potential voter surveys.
Campaign buttons for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey registered sales of 5.3% followed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 4.7% and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas , Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Dr. Ben Carson all with 4.6%. Former CEO Carly Fiorina accounted for sales of 4.2%.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had sales of 3.5% followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 3.2%. Ohio Governor John Kasich campaign buttons accounted for sales of 2.9% followed by former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina all with 2.6%. Louisianan Governor Bobby Jindal clocks in at 2.5% followed by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley with 2.4%. Next up is former Texas Governor Rick Perry with 2.2% of campaign buttons sales.
Having campaign button sales figures as anemic as their actual polls numbers are former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia at 1.4%, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee with 1.3% , former New York Governor George Pataki with 1.2% and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore at 0.7%.
In comparing sales just among Democrats , Hillary Clinton campaign buttons accounted for 64% followed by Sanders at 16% , O'Malley 8.6% , Webb 5.2% and Chafee 4.9%.
Measuring their strength of sales just among Republicans, Trump led the field with 18.2% followed by Bush at 11.8%. Compared to other GOP White House hopefuls Christie campaign buttons accounted for 7.7% followed by Rubio at 6.9%, Cruz and Carson 6.7% , Fiorina 6.2 % and Paul at 5.1%.
Long since departed from the race , Walker campaign buttons registered 4.6% of sales followed by Kasich at 4.3%, Graham at 3.9% and Santorum and Huckabee both at 3.7%.
Rounding out the campaign buttons sales figures for Republican presidential candidates was Jindal at 3.6%, Perry 3.2%, Pataki 1.7% and Gilmore at 1.1%.
December 29, 2015 - Former New York Governor George Pataki has ended his race for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. Despite having severed three terms as governor of the "Empire" state , Pataki's campaign had struggled to gain any support or standing in the polls.
Regularly registering at 1% or less , Pataki never made the main debate stage in the 5 presidential debates held between August and December of 2015. Because he had garnered so little support its unclear what impact Pataki's exit will have on the remaining 12 candidates battling for the GOP nomination.