Friday, October 21, 2016


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Iowa Rant

Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump wants a mulligan in Iowa. Here’s his latest:

The real estate mogul is referring to Ted Cruz’s tactics to get voters in Iowa. Cruz was guilty of two things: sending out “voting violation” mailers that nearly cross the line of illegality and sending out his organizers on Caucus night to say that Ben Carson had dropped out.

Cruz has apologized to Carson for the underhanded tactic.

That’s not good enough for Trump who feels Cruz won Iowa based upon the “dirty tricks.”

The mogul’s argument does not hold water as Carson outperformed polling expectations by a point. While Cruz and Rubio also outperformed expectations, few points were gained by Cruz.

Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had a significant ground game in Iowa that most likely lifted results.

Donald Trump on the other hand, with his inexperienced campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, have a hard time organizing their way out of a wet paper bag.

Trump’s ground game couldn’t fill an overgrown nature trail in the Hawkeye State.

With that said, Trump’s tactic of bringing attention to the Texas senator’s dirty campaign is effective.

Ted Cruz should not have allowed the “voting violation” fliers to hit mailboxes and the Carson “drop out” scheme was ugly and unnecessary.

Ted Cruz is proving to be a candidate who will do anything to win, which is unfortunate and unnecessary, but Trump is bringing attention to it to lower trust in the candidate.

Tomorrow’s poll will tell the story if Trump’s negative branding of Cruz will make an impact.

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Last night on CNN, an “Election Alert” blared across the screen.

Just as Iowa voters were beginning to caucus, the host frantically told views that Ben Carson was “taking a break” and heading down to Florida. The candidate would skip the New Hampshire primary.

Very, very odd.

As it turns out, the neurosurgeon was heading home to get a “fresh set of clothes.”

Still wacky as ever.

Here’s the official line from his campaign:

But Ted Cruz’s camp didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the caucus night gaffe and sent troops into caucus sites to tell voters that Ben Carson had suspended his campaign. Carson was not too happy about it. The candidate told Fox News, “At many of the precincts, the information was disseminated that I was suspending my campaign, that I had dropped out. And anybody who was planning to vote for me was wasting their vote and therefore they should reconsider. “If he didn’t know about this, he needs to get rid of the people who were responsible for that,” Carson said. “And if he did know about it, then he needs to — he needs to come out and admit what he did and try to offer a solution.” The anti-establishment candidate, Carson, was correct about what Cruz had done as one of Cruz’s Iowa organizers left evidence behind:

Ben Carson finished fourth with only 9.3% of the vote, although he outperformed the polls that had him at 8%.

Does Cruz owe Carson an apology or was this a case of caucus night confusion?



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