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New Normal Isn’t Friendly to Trump

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

The dust is starting to settle after the conventions, and it looks more like quicksand for Donald J. Trump.

The GOP presidential nominee was in a precarious electoral position before the conventions because of his high unfavorable ratings and penchant for saying controversial things. Four days in Cleveland was supposed…

The Most Important Question to Ask Trump Defectors

Nathan L. Gonzales August 12, 2016 · 1:28 PM EDT

“Quitting the Republican Party” is the easiest way to make the news these days, but the stories about Donald Trump defectors don’t go far enough to understand the potential impact on the November elections.

Conservative columnist George Will revealed in late June that he had changed his voter registration to…

The Country is More Divided Than You Think

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 5, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT

After two consecutive weeks of covering both party conventions, standing in both arenas and being on the floor for parts of all eight nights, I came away with at least one big takeaway: We live in a divided country—a very divided country. 

At first glance, this isn’t breaking news.…

What I Learned Outside the Convention Bubble

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

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

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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

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?

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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

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

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…