South Carolina and Nevada GOP Primary Vote Results

It was no big surprise when Donald trump won decisively in the South Carolina GOP primary vote. Every poll for the last 18 weeks would’ve had to of been wrong for it to be otherwise. The big surprise was that Marco Rubio actually seem to have the momentum that had been hinted in the previous week or so.

The Nevada primary was a surprise because, even though everyone knew Trump was going to win, nobody expected him to win by such a large margin (46%).  Marco Rubio continued his momentum well Ted Cruz seems to be stalling a bit.

Marco Rubio continues to be my number one pick for the next president of United States of America.  He’s an attractive candidate for many reasons. He’s a powerful speaker and brings youth and vigor to a race otherwise dominated by names from a generation past. As the son of immigrant parents, he will have a biography that will attract many Latino voters over to the Republican side.  In Florida is often the deciding state because I’m selections and it is almost inconceivable that he would lose Florida’s electoral votes in the general election against either of his potential democrat opponents.  

One big outcome of the South Carolina primary was Jeb Bush suspending his presidential campaign. It is likely that many of his voters will cross over to Marco Rubio (this may be why Rubio went from a few points behind Cruz in the polls after the SC Orimary to winning the Nevada Caucus by a few percentage points.   It seems very unlikely that many former Bush supporters will cross over to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.   I also find it likely that Carson and Kasick support will start to diminish as it becomes even more unlikely that either candidate will go anywhere.  Both groups should be attracted to Marco Rubio as the strongest possible GOP opponent to Donald Trump.   And their combined support would put Rubio within striking distance of being in the lead.   This is the most likely scenario and would effectively end the Ted Cruz campaign. 

I am hopeful that Donald Trump and Marco Rubio do not get into a particular ugly fight with each other and instead let next week’s super Tuesday primary day decide who will be the Republican nominee.   Should Donald Trump continue his dominance, putting Marco Rubio on in the number two spot as vice presidential candidate would be us very powerful ticket.   Or should Marco Rubio leap to the number one spot and become the nominee, it would be very helpful to have Donald Trump encourage his supporters to align with Marco Rubio.

All Republicans need to remember that the end goal is to get a Republican president in office who can begin to reverse the many horrible decisions and executive orders implemented by President Obama.   The large field of candidates the Republicans had has narrowed down and made each of the remaining candidates stronger.  Let us hope that all of the Republicans coalesce around one strong candidate soon so we can have a successful Republican elected in November.

Time for Conservatives to Unite Behind Trump

  With the March 15, 2016 primary behind us and with Marco Rubio dropping out after his defeat in the Florida Primary, Republicans are now at a point where they need to look for a way to unify. The misguided efforts by some conservatives to create a brokered convention situation will only lead to a President Hillary Clinton. To avoid this horrifying outcome in November, conservatives need to begin immediately to take actions that will create a united Republican Party that can provide our candidate with solid support at all levels.

One of the first actions that need to be taken is that conservatives need to stop demonizing Donald Trump. Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump has a better than even chance of becoming the Republican nominee and we don’t need any more prominent Republicans or conservative media personalities making videos for future Hillary Clinton commercials.

Next, Republican leaders need to be very public and make it very apparent to the public that the Republican nominee will be either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz and that no brokered convention will involve anybody but one of those two as the nominee.

At this point, my preferred outcome would be that Trump and Cruz continue with more civil primary battles and end up with Donald Trump 100 or so delegates short come convention time. Being short the number of needed delegates would make Trump willing to negotiate and being so close to having the required number of delegates would make Republican leaders willing to negotiate Trump can come together with Republican leaders and come out of the meeting room with the agreement that Donald Trump will be our nominee and that an acceptable conservative will be his vice presidential running mate. Cruz or Rubio would have been ideal but I think there’s too much bad blood there now. I think the next best option would be picking Ben Carson as his running mate but others like SC Governor Nikki Haley, NM Governor Susana Martinez, OH Governor John Kasich or Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. This would unify the party more than any other option.  

Trump could then also announce the Republican leaders that would be members of his foreign and domestic policy teams. With a solid conservative as his running mate and experienced teams of advisers at his side, Trump would unite conservatives to his nomination and he would be able to begin running against Hillary Clinton from a position of strength
If there’s one thing conservatives of all types can agree on its that anyone will be better than Hillary Clinton as our next president. We have to unite behind the “Anybody but Hillary” line of thought. That means it’s time for us to unite behind Trump and position him as strongly as possible to beat her in November.