FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Only 1,229 More Delegates to Go
Now that Iowa’s 30 Delegates have been apportioned Cruz (8), Trump (7), Rubio (7), Carson (3), Paul (1) and Bush (1), Fiorinia (1) Huckabee (1), and Kasich (1), Noted New Hampshire Political Reporter Manchester Tadwell says his state has now become this week’s center of the political universe, because its 23 GOP delegates are now up for grabs. And with 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination, our GOP Presidential Wannabes have hardly stumbled out of the starting gate so far.
The Boston Globe says with four days until New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the Republican contest is tightening at the top and churning in the middle as one third of likely Republican voters say they could still change their mind, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Friday.
New York businessman Donald Trump has a nearly 10 percentage-point lead over the field — but the gap between him and the rest of the field has shrunk since his disappointing second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Trump received 29% in the survey, while US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida took second place with 19%.
Ohio Governor John Kasich (who held his 100th town hall meeting in New Hampshire today) placed third in Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll with 13%, former Florida governor Jeb Bush had 10%, US Senator Ted Cruz had 7%, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fell to 5%, and Ben Carson had 4%.
“What a difference a caucus makes,” said David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “By exceeding expectations in Iowa, Marco Rubio is converting likability to electability even more so than Ted Cruz, who, like many conservative Iowa winners of the past like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, can’t seem to convert an Iowa win into a major showing in New Hampshire.”
Political junkies and football fanatics, rejoice! Cancel your weekend plans and settle in before Sunday’s Super Bowl with Saturday’s Republican debate, where GOP candidates will take the stage just three days before the New Hampshire primary.
But Saturday night could be quite lively, indeed, especially after Donald Trump told a Portsmouth rally on Thursday night “And you can tell them to go fuck themselves,” (He was referring to companies that have relocated overseas for more favorable tax rates.)
“If we are attacked, somebody attacks us, wouldn’t you rather have Trump as president if we’re attacked?” Trump said at a rally in Milford, New Hampshire. “We’ll beat the shit out of them.”
Trump says I’d be a “much different person” as president, often relying on expletives and crude language to spice up his stump speech. But according to The Blower’s scorecard, there are still several of George Carlin’s “Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV” Trump hasn’t used (shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits).