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.
December 21, 2015 - Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina ended his presidential bid today for the 2016 Republican nomination. Graham's campaign had struggled from the start with consistently polling in the single digits.
In a video address to his supports the third term senator said "while we have run a campaign that has made a real difference, I have concluded this is not my time."
Senator John McCain of Arizona who is a close friend of Graham said " republicans have lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate not to mention the candidate with the best sense of humor."
December 20, 2015 - As the first voting of the 2016 presidential primary is now just a short six weeks away , Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has a solid lead in Iowa while New York Businessman Donald Trump is firmly in control in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.
In Iowa Cruz has the support of 40% , followed by Trump at 31%. In third place is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 12% followed by Dr. Ben Carson with 6%.
After those four GOP White House hopefuls its a sharp drop off with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush , Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky , former CEO Carly Fiorina and former Governor Mike Huckabee all knotted up at 2% each.
At 1% of support is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie , Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Showing zero support are Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York Governor George Pataki and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
While Iowa at the moment appears to be a three person race , in New Hampshire the argument can be made that four candidates have a shot at winning the Granite State's presidential primary.
Trump has the support of 32% followed by a distance Cruz at 14% , Rubio at 13% and Christie at 11%. In fifth place is Kasich at 8% followed by Bush at 6%. Tied at 5% each are Carson and Paul followed by Fiorina at 4%.
Scoring zero percent in New Hampshire are Pataki, Huckabee, Graham, Santorum and Gilmore.
In South Carolina Trump has the support of 38% followed by second place finisher Cruz at 23%. Rubio is at 12% followed by Carson at 9%.
Bush is up next with 7% followed by Paul at 4% Kasich with 2%. At 1% each are Graham , Christie, Huckabee and Fiorina. Registering zero percent of support in South Carolina are Santorum , Pataki and Gilmore
December 14, 2016 - A new poll on the Iowa Caucuses shows that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas as rocketed to a 10 point lead over national Republican front runner New York Businessman Donald Trump.
Cruz has the support of 31% followed by 21% for Trump. In third place is Dr. Ben Carson with 13%. Not to long ago it had been Carson who had been challenging Trump for the lead in Iowa.
In fourth place is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 10% , followed by his one time mentor former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 6%.
In a three way tie for sixth place with 3% each is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
At 2% is Ohio Governor John Kasich followed by former CEO Carly Fiorina and former Senator Rick Santorum at 1% each.
Scoring zero percent in the poll are Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former New York Governor George Pataki.
This week on December 15 will see the final Republican presidential debate of the year. The Iowa Caucus is scheduled for Monday February 1, 2016.
December 3, 2015 - Political pundits have been saying since July that the rise of New York Businessman Donald Trump in the polls would soon come to an end. As the new year approaches not only is Trump still the front runner for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination he now has a 20 point lead over his closest rival.
Trump has the support of 36% of those polled followed by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas with 16%. Receiving over 30% of those polled is another bench mark for Trump, as political analysts have long said he may have hit his ceiling of support and could not get past the high twenties. With the latest poll , Trump has raced past the 30% percent mark.
In third place is Dr. Ben Carson with 14% followed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 12%. Trump, Cruz, Carson and Rubio are the only GOP White House hopefuls in double digits. In fifth place is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 4%.
Tied as 3% each is former CEO Carly Fiorina and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The 3% is a troubling number for the one time front runner Bush who has spent millions of advertising without so far making any impact in the minds of voters.
As 2% each are Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Coming in at 1% of support is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
In this latest poll Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York Governor George Pataki and former Senator Rick Santorum registered zero support.