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What I Learned Outside the Convention Bubble

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 3, 2016 · 11:19 AM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. — Stephanie Peditto is a reminder that it’s good for reporters to venture outside the bubble because normal people don’t always follow the campaigns closely.  

After nearly two consecutive weeks of covering party conventions, it was time to take a break from the overwhelming world of…

Clinton Campaign Readying National Olympic Ad Blitz

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 27, 2016 · 9:23 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA- Hillary Clinton is planning a massive television ad buy during the Olympics, on the heels of accepting the Democratic nomination for president.  

Hillary for America has reserved time for a high seven-figure national network and cable advertising campaign during the Summer Olympics, which begin August 5, according…

Utah No Longer Safe for Donald Trump

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 1, 2016 · 9:19 AM EDT

President Barack Obama fell just short of 25 percent of the vote in Utah in the 2012 presidential election, but Donald Trump can’t take the Beehive State for granted in November. 

A June 2-8 poll by SurveyUSA for the Salt Lake Tribune showed Trump and Clinton tied at 35 percent,…

Republicans Need Gary Johnson to Save the Senate

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 30, 2016 · 9:05 AM EDT

On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.  

Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity…

Why Won’t Bernie Go Away?

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2016 · 3:59 PM EDT

In a race full of surprises, I’m surprised that Democrats are surprised that Bernie Sanders isn’t quite ready to exit quietly stage left from the presidential contest.

The Vermont senator took one step closer to bowing out on Thursday night, but stopped short of a concession.

“The major political…

The Strategy That Could Have Taken Trump Down

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 3, 2016 · 9:46 AM EDT

More than a dozen Republican presidential candidates spent a year of the nominating contest waiting for someone else to attack and take down Donald Trump. But the GOP contenders had a common goal with a flawed strategy: Trump’s opponents should have attacked the celebrity’s supporters instead of the candidate,…

Comparing the GOP Divides, 1964 and 2016

by Stuart Rothenberg May 24, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

With the GOP national convention still almost two months away and Donald Trump already wooing skeptical Republicans, it’s too early to know how divided the Republican Party will be in November. But minimizing that divide is critical to Trump’s prospects.

The party’s last serious fracture occurred in 1964, when…

Clinton Begins General Election With Advantage

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 3:00 PM EDT

Even though the general election presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hasn’t officially started, it’s impossible to label the race as a toss-up.

The path is challenging for any GOP nominee. Based on how the majority of states are likely to fall, the GOP nominee needs to…

Don’t Assume Paul Ryan Will be Speaker Next Year

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

Stu and I have been working together for nearly 15 years and any acute political instincts I’ve developed I owe to him. In many ways, we’ve morphed into the same mind, including our valuations of players in fantasy baseball. But after reading Stu’s column, “Ryan Rides to the Rescue…

Clinton Starts with a Decisive Advantage

by Stuart Rothenberg May 13, 2016 · 9:30 AM EDT

The warnings about jumping to conclusions about November are widespread.

I’ve heard that it’s early in the presidential race and that we underestimated Donald Trump last time so we should be careful now. I’ve also heard that Trump’s strength with working-class whites could change the electoral map, giving him…