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Name: Christian Ackermann

Born: February 19, 1966

State: Arkansas

Position: Senator (R)

Background: born in Fayetteville, Arkansas to a wealthy family of Austrian descent who made their fortune in the oil business; Ivy League education at Dartmouth and Harvard where he met his college sweetheart and future wife Betty, who is of Korean descent. 4 children. Holds a JD and degrees in history and mathematics.

Arkansas Attorney General 1999 - 2005, Senator since January 3rd, 2005 (12 years so far) - defeated Blanche Lincoln in 2004.

Ideology: staunchly conservative on the issues (fictional Jeff Sessions). Is seen as compassionate conservative on health care and as a harmonizer in the senate, who is not engaged in dirty campaigning despite having a strong conservative agenda. Appeals to Establishment Republicans due to his links to the economy, wall street and his pro-business voting record. Appeals to traditional conservatives and the religious right due to his strong catholic faith which is a prominent topic during his campaigns.

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After a meltdown, Donald Trump rage quits the race. Saying "Screw this race, screw the people, being a fascist, racist, billionaire that makes money is more fun than this" flipping the camera the bird he stormed off stage.

 

 

He lost 3 debates and spend 7 million. 

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THE STATE OF THE RACE

 

So, with Trump out, what next? The Republican nomination could go to any of the following

 

Republicans

Businessman Donald J Trump (NY)

Fmr nominee Mitt Romney (MA)

Fmr Gov Sarah Palin (AK)

Gov John Kasich (OH)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC)

Sen Rand Paul (KY)

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (CA)

Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)

Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)

Fmr. Gov Mike Huckabee (AR)

 

So who'll take it? Ted Cruz seems promising, having the endorsement of the Speaker of the House, fellow conservative Texan Bob Findlay. If he copies Findlay's success, and gets heavy grassroots support, he could pull it off. Meanwhile John Kasich, seen as a more moderate voice, has the support of Senate Majority Leader John Logs. However, will voters react badly to a few switched positions in the past? Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Nominee, looks like a good contender. However, will the scandals of the previous campaign come back to haunt him. Other Republican candidates include Ben Carson, who once stabbed a man (alledgedly), libertarian Rand Paul and Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin.

 

Meanwhile, Clinton is up against Biden again for the Democratic nomination, with a surprisingly good showing from Socialist Bernie Sanders. John Kerry is running again, but will it all end like 2004 again?

 

OOC: Are any third parties running?

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Name: Arthur Reynolds

Party: Independent 

State: New York

Position: Mayor of Albany

Background: Born on October 12th 1957, Reynolds was a working class engineer until he ran for Albany mayor in 2013.

Ideology : Fiscally center-left, Socially Liberal. 

 

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December 3rd Update. 

 

Romney is the clear Front Runner

Cruz appears to be in second

Kasich is stuck in third gear

And Mike Huckabee is pulling up the rear

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Its Christmastime. Bo change in our rankings. But could this be a coronation for Republican front Runner Mitt Romney. 

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33 minutes ago, jdm06ltd said:

Its Christmastime. Bo change in our rankings. But could this be a coronation for Republican front Runner Mitt Romney. 

Let's hope not TED CRUZ TAKE THE ENERGY OF THE SPEAKERSHIP

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Just now, jdm06ltd said:

@Reagan04

Maybe the bible thumping speaker is why he is losing?

Well, I think that it would certainly bolster him in Iowa, South Carolina, Super Tuesday and the Plains. The Conservative Grassroots should be on board, but you are the GM, just my two cents, I think my popularity would help in those regions.

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Just now, jdm06ltd said:

@Reagan04

 

Cruz is leading in Texas, OK, MO, and Iowa. 

Fair enough, perhaps if Palin gets behind him after Iowa, or perhaps Iowa momentum on its own, we can bridge the Southern gap.

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Senator Ackermann endorses Ted Cruz.

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Majority Leader Logs holds a rally, speaks about moderates and how people who are in the middle would find a home with Kasich.

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"If we Cruz we lose, Ted cannot beat Hillary Clinton, but I can get it done," -John Kasich gives stirring speach in New Hampshire passing Romney for the lead. 

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Bottom line, i always think about November. To be honest I like Ted a lot. He wouldnt be able to beat Hillary in November. Kasich wins the Nomination I get the rest belt against Hillary, if Romney wins that Puts California, New Jersey and a lot of New England in play. 

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With Romney I have never lost Maine, NH, or Massachusetts in November

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 My Endorsement?- Personal (opinionated) Blog post

By Henry Mann

 

So, the Republican nomination has descended into a three-way that could go to any of the 3. We have Ted Cruz, the evangelical southern senator campaigning as an outsider (despite having the support of the Speaker of the House, fellow evangelical nutjob politician Bob Findlay. Ironically, Findlay's support of Cruz may be driving moderates away from him. Then there's John Kasich, in his second attempt at the presidency (His campaign in 2000 amounted to very little) with his flip flopping on some issues seeming unappealing. And then there's Romney, round 3. Romney, with his tax scandals and baptising the dead, could help the Republicans in New England, but he may be a burden to them in the South. If he became the nominee, his best case scenario would be to take a southerner as his running mate, or perhaps Kasich, as a show of unity and to help in the rust belt.

 

Now, a few people have been asking me how I intend to vote. It's still early days, and since I'm not a member of a party, I cant vote in most primaries. I probably would have supported Donald Trump. I know, I know, he does say some pretty outlandish things. But I think he's a skilled man, and half the stuff he says was to attract voters. Bear in mind, the man was a Democrat for years. Since he's out of the race, the best chance we have of seeing him in the White House now is if he runs as an independent or if he becomes someone's running mate. So my endorsement goes too...

 

 

John Kerry.

 

I'm not satisfied with any of these candidates, but John Kerry seems better than any Republican or "presumptive nominee" as some of my colleagues now refer to her as, Hillary Clinton. He has a long and proud record, being lieutenant governor under Mike Dukakis (one of my favourite losing candidates ever), beating favourite Howard Dean for the nomination in 2004 and narrowly losing to President Bush, his tenure as Secretary of State alone shows he is more qualified than Clinton.

 

(P.S: Should any of the candidates be reading this, if you need a press secretary, I'm willing to put our differences aside...)

 

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11 hours ago, jdm06ltd said:

Bottom line, i always think about November. To be honest I like Ted a lot. He wouldnt be able to beat Hillary in November. Kasich wins the Nomination I get the rest belt against Hillary, if Romney wins that Puts California, New Jersey and a lot of New England in play. 

I have won with Ted alot lol, also Ted would have crushed her irl.

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@Reagan04

How do you figure? Mathematically all of my pollsters and Pundits predicted he would have a worse electoral beatdown than McCain?

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1 minute ago, jdm06ltd said:

@Reagan04

How do you figure? Mathematically all of my pollsters and Pundits predicted he would have a worse electoral beatdown than McCain?

>listening to the polls

But either way, I don't see that, some polls had him up in places like Minnesota and Virginia, while he may have lost Michigan or Pennsylvania, I see him winning in MN, VA, NV, or NH plus the Trump states excluding Michigan most likely.

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Just now, Reagan04 said:

I have won with Ted alot lol, also Ted would have crushed her irl.

I disagree. Cruz would not have been able to draw in the large numbers of working-class voters who weren't voting for a hard social conservative or a possible imperialistic, but merely wanted reform and an outsider in Washington, and without those votes, I would not think he could have come close to winning.

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1 minute ago, Patine said:

I disagree. Cruz would not have been able to draw in the large numbers of working-class voters who weren't voting for a hard social conservative or a possible imperialistic, but merely wanted reform and an outsider in Washington, and without those votes, I would not think he could have come close to winning.

The GOP always runs better on conservative tickets, and Ted would have been able to tap into that somewhat, he showed that support from the grassroots.

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However it may have been at the expense of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina where he was getting destroyed. When I vote in the primaries I am voting for who I think has the best shot at winning. Not. Who I like. Cause if I voted for who I agree with we would get crushed every 4 years. 

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