Choice of Trump vs. Clinton leaves evangelicals reeling

The Rev. Bryan Moak senses worry in the pews. Worshipers in his evangelical church are anxious about the presidential elections, which offer what many consider two seriously “flawed” candidates — with those flaws becoming more glaring every week. “I’ve never seen it like this before,” said Moak, executive pastor at Hillside Church in Bloomington, echoing other Twin Cities pastors. “You may have used term ‘lesser of two evils’ before, but not like this. “If you’re a Republican, Donald Trump has made it awkward to talk about your guy,” he said. “And if you’re Democrat, it’s the same.” Evangelical Christians long have been considered a large and reliable voting bloc for GOP presidential candidates, with more than 75 percent casting Republican ballots in past three presidential races. But this year, the candidate whose platform supports their position on abortion restrictions and who holds the prospect of appointing like-minded U.S. Supreme Court justices is the same man who last week was heard saying he grabbed women’s genitals. It’s created an excruciating moral dilemma for many evangelicals, who represent about one in five voters and attend churches across Minnesota. Evangelicals care deeply about immigrants, the poor, the vulnerable, said Carl Nelson, president of Transform Minnesota, a coalition of 360 evangelical churches. But they’re also committed to “the sanctity of life” and their religious freedoms.That “puts us at odds with both political parties,” he said. Trump losing ground The cracks in the white evangelical voting bloc were widening before the latest bombshell that Trump had bragged “you can do anything” to women if you’re a celebrity. Many already were uneasy with Trump’s inflammatory statements about immigrants, women, Muslims, along with his casino ownership and multiple marriages. Last Continue Reading

Exit Polls: 4/10 GOP Voters Would Consider Going 3rd Party If It’s Trump vs. Clinton

Hannity: 'The Establishment Is Lost, and They Have Been Beaten Badly' Huckabee: 'Hillary Is In for the Ride of Her Life' When She Takes On Trump Fox News conducted exit polls yesterday in the Super Tuesday 2 primary states, interviewing approximately 1,600 voters in each state.The polls gave a fascinating snapshot of what voters were thinking as they cast their ballots.Watch more above. 'We Need Protection': Trump Speaks on the Meaning of His Campaign Cain: 'Pathetic & Destructive' for GOP Establishment to Resist Trump Continue Reading

Trump vs. Clinton: Can Halloween Mask Sales Predict the Election?

Charlie Hurt: Until FBI Letter, Clinton Camp Thought 'They Had It in the Bag' Issa: Comey Reopening FBI Clinton Email Probe 'Matter of His Integrity' Judge Nap: FBI Must Have Found Something Substantial in Clinton-Related Emails Donald Trump will win the presidential election, according to a poll that tracks and compares the sales of presidential candidate Halloween masks.Leading costume retail chain Spirit Halloween released their 2016 presidential "mask index" over the weekend, and it Trump was ahead of Hillary Clinton 55 to 45 percent.Over the past 20 years, the poll has reportedly correctly predicted every presidential election winner based on the top-selling mask.For the "mask index," Spirit Halloween teamed up with Harris Poll to survey more than 2,000 U.S. adults, asking why they would dress up as either candidate this Halloween.According to Spirit Halloween, key finding included the following:The top reason Americans chose Donald Trump is to be funny (39%), whereas the top reason Americans choose Hillary Clinton is because they like her (31%).About 1 out of 4 Republicans (23%) and Democrats (27%) who indicated that they would dress up as the opposite party’s candidate would do so to frighten America.Twice as many Americans who would choose to dress up as Donald Trump say they would do so to mock him, compared to Americans who would choose to dress as Hillary Clinton to mock her (32% vs 16%).So, what do you think of the poll? Is it a trick or a treat? Let us know in the comments! Liberals Bash FBI Director Comey Over Clinton Probe After Praising Him in July Mother of Jailed Sailor: 'Hold Hillary to Same Standards' as My Son on Classified Info Three Arrested for Voter Fraud in Key Swing States Continue Reading

Poll: Trump, Sanders gain ground among base

NEW BRUNSWICK - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump gained ground among New Jersey voters, breaking the 50 percent barrier for the first time, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Monday.Meanwhile, Democrat Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the same poll, trailing her by 9 points.Trump, the GOP frontrunner, is now the choice of 52 percent of registered Republican voters saying he is their choice in New Jersey's June 7 primary, poll numbers show.That's a positive sign for Trump heading into the state's winner-take-all primary contest. He's trailed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was supported by 24 percent of registered Republicans, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 18 percent.Even though Trump is gaining support among the party's base, he would still face significant challenges in New Jersey's general election, where polling shows would lose a hypothetical matchup with Democratic frontrunner, Clinton, 36 percent to her 50 percent. MORE: Heidi Cruz headed to Freehold TownshipThe poll even has Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders beating Trump in a hypothetical matchup with 55 percent of voters overall supporting the Democratic candidate compared to 34 percent for Trump.In fact, the Republicans best shot in the general election is Kasich, who tied Clinton among voters overall at 43 percent. The poll did not pose a Kasich versus Sanders matchup to participants.The difference? Independents, said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University. Kasich leads Clinton by 10 percentage points over voters with no party affiliation."He’s playing much better in the general, but unfortunately, that's coming after the party selection," she said. "The dichotomy here is really interesting: electing based on party preferences vs electing based on the general election."On the Democratic side, Sanders still trails Clinton by 42 percent Continue Reading

Trump accepts NY Conservative Party nomination; touts job creation

MANHATTAN - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accepted the Conservative Party of New York State’s nomination Wednesday, saying he will reverse the “devastation” that job losses have inflicted in the Empire State.The real estate billionaire returned to his home city — “Nobody knows me better than New Yorkers,” Trump said — for the event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown. Trump cast the election in dire terms, saying that only he could bring back jobs and business to the state.“There’s no hope, there's no hope other than if I become president,” Trump told the crowd.The state Conservative Party’s delegates voted overwhelmingly to nominate Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, earlier in the day with only a handful of abstentions, said Michael Long, the party chairman.Long said Trump and his outsized personality give him a chance to win left-learning New York in November — which hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan in 1984."It’s an uphill battle, but I believe this is the best time for a (conservative) candidate to pull off New York state and the guy to do that is Donald Trump,” Long said.Trump spoke for about 25 minutes without a teleprompter to the gathering of about 300 people. He pledged to reverse job losses he said have crippled the state, along with high taxes.“I couldn’t believe it — the devastation that has happened to this state,” Trump said. “I couldn’t believe it. So we’re going to turn things around."Trump pledged to impose a 35 percent tariff on United States companies that relocate to Mexico or overseas.“Number one, they’re not going to leave — that’s about 95 percent (of businesses),” Trump said about the impact a high tariff would have. “And Continue Reading

Will Trump, Clinton campaign in NY?

ALBANY - Donald Trump’s top supporters in New York are hoping the Republican presidential candidate can find time in his schedule to campaign here before Election Day.Some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are hoping the same.“I hope (Trump) does spend a lot of time in New York,” said former state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, who has been a key fundraiser and adviser for Clinton’s New York campaign. “I think he should spend every day from now until Election Day in New York. He might move the needle one point.”Jacobs’ reasoning is simple: Every day and dollar spent here is one not spent in traditional swing states like Ohio and Florida, which teeter back and forth between Republicans and Democrats and are key to deciding the election. INTERVIEW: Trump says wage hike makes NY 'uncompetitive'OPINION: Buchanan, Bronxville readers on Trump vs. Clinton ELECTION 2016: Readers weigh in POLL: Clinton takes big lead on Trump in NY With polls showing Trump trailing significantly in the state, New York could again earn its nickname as the presidential campaign’s ATM state – a place where candidates swoop in, raise money from deep-pocketed donors and leave.But Trump’s New York backers insist the Republican candidate will make time for the state both candidates call home.Trump, the Manhattan-based business mogul, has repeatedly said he hopes to put New York in play this November, and his state advisers are asking his national team to open his schedule for rallies in Buffalo, Albany and Nassau County.Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, appears content to follow a more traditional route, focusing her in-person efforts in swing states and traveling back to New York primarily for high-grossing fundraisers with deep-pocketed supporters.Carl Paladino, the Buffalo businessman who co-chairs Trump’s New York campaign, said he and other New York advisers recently submitted a strategic Continue Reading

Poll: Clinton up 5 points over Trump in Arizona

Hillary Clinton is hanging on to a small but widening lead over Donald Trump in what remains an up-for-grabs race for Arizona's 11 electoral votes, according to a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday.Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee and a former U.S. secretary of State, was supported by 39 percent of the likely Arizona voters surveyed, while Trump, the Republican nominee and real-estate developer, is backed by 33.9 percent.Another 20.7 percent hadn't decided yet who to vote for in the Nov. 8 general election.The statewide telephone poll was conducted Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, following a turbulent week in the presidential race. The candidates met in a notoriously rancorous second debate on Oct. 9, days after many Republicans across the nation — and, in Arizona, U.S. Sen. John McCain — withdrew their support for Trump over his vulgar remarks about women, captured in a 2005 recording. MORE: About the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News pollAnd it arrives as the Clinton campaign has this week dispatched a trio of high-profile surrogates to Arizona: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was in Flagstaff and Tucson on Tuesday; daughter Chelsea Clinton to Tempe on Wednesday and first lady Michelle Obama in Phoenix on Thursday. There is speculation Hillary Clinton herself could make an appearance.The Clinton campaign announced Monday that it is putting more than $2 million into its advertising efforts in Arizona.Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, is supported by 5.9 percent in the poll, while Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, has less than 1 percent support.The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.Clinton was leading Trump by less than 2 percentage points, 35.1 percent to 33.5 percent, among likely voters in an Aug. 17 to Aug. 31 Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. That outcome fell within the poll’s margin Continue Reading

Is Trump vs. Clinton election making some Phoenix homebuyers jittery?

Metro Phoenix’s housing market hummed along during August and September. Sales picked up and prices hit a new post-crash high, despite the heat.But then a few weeks ago, homebuyers seemed to get a little scarce. Owners of houses for sale started seeing fewer visitors. Some open houses began attracting a smaller number of buyers.It could be election jitters, say some real estate agents. The housing market often slows around big elections as people turn their attention to political battles.It could be that more potential homebuyers were traveling or spending time with kids who were out on fall break.Or it could be that homebuyers can choose from many more Valley houses priced above $500,000.I polled about two dozen Valley real estate agents, housing analysts and homebuilders about the apparent slowdown in buyer traffic at houses for sale."Things do slow down for the election," Joseph Callaway of the Valley real estate team Those Callaways told me. "The fact that this election is so polarizing, people may be more apprehensive than usual."He said its their experience that the apprehension goes away a week after elections are over.Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes'  Arizona division, said model-home traffic was up in September and then dipped during the past few weeks.“This could be due in part to trepidation about the election," he said. "It could also be due to many schools being on fall break, or the fact that the weather is cooling off.”Diane Watson of Realty Executives of Scottsdale told me she’s been seeing less rush from buyers during the past several months.“I would absolutely say that in the current market unless people are in a 'need to buy' situation due to say a relocation, they are taking their time,” she said.  “I think the overall uncertainly of the election leads people to want to cool their heels a bit.”Valley real estate agent Continue Reading

Trump vs. Bush: ‘Am I talking or are you talking?’

Jeb Bush and Donald Trump aren't the best of friends. We knew that, but sometimes in debates the intensity of dislike two candidates have for each other comes to the fore, and it did Tuesday night in Las Vegas.In a discussion of Trump's proposal to kill the family members of terrorists, Jeb Bush reiterated his attacks on Trump's credibility as a potential commander in chief, saying it was "another example of the lack of seriousness.""It makes no sense to suggest," the former Florida governor said, and blasted previous supportive comments Trump made of Hillary Clinton.Trump tried to defend his plan, leading to this exchange:They went at it again in a later exchange after Bush tweaked Trump for complaining about the number of questions that focused on him. Trump told Bush, sarcastically, "You're real tough," and took a shot at Bush's poll numbers. Continue Reading

Why aren’t Trump, Hillary coming to Ky?

From 1964 through 2004, Kentucky voters gave their electoral votes to the eventual winner of the presidency, whether they were a Republican or Democrat. It didn't matter. In fact, at the end of the 2004 election, the state had sided with the eventual winner in all but two presidential contests since 1924.But that has changed.The Bluegrass State is now a GOP stronghold in presidential races. It has gone red in the last four elections. It went for George W. Bush twice. In 2008, Kentucky's choice was U.S. Sen. John McCain. Four years later, it was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But McCain and Romney lost on the big stage.Instead, Barack Obama, a Democrat, won the presidency.What happened?The easy answer as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fight for the White House is that Kentucky is following the national trend that has seen Southern states become more and more Republican over the last 40 years – whether handing big wins to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s or the recent phenomena of grabbing control of all Southern legislative chambers other than Kentucky’s House of Representatives.But Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, said the root cause of the shift has been the change in the political battlefield. While elections used to be won and lost on pocketbook issues, social issues like abortion and gay marriage have transformed the South in recent decades.“National politics have shifted heavily to the politics of culture where geography defines people to a much greater degree than it did just 10 years ago,” Voss said.Democratic political consultant Danny Briscoe (who has worked occasionally for Republicans who used to be Democrats) said that Kentucky might become even more staunchly Republican in presidential races than some Southern states that flipped to the GOP years before it did — like Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.“We have no minorities here,” he said. “It was Continue Reading