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February 10, 2016

Quiz: Who Wore This Campaign Fashion Better?

Enter, the barn jacket. Just one of the fashion statements that presidential candidates flock to. (Photos: Getty Images)

Enter, the barn jacket. Just one of the fashion statements that presidential candidates flock to. (Photos: Getty Images)

You can admit it. You’ve thought about presidential candidate’s clothing choices.

Take our polls to rate some of these campaign trail classics — candidate to candidate. You’re welcome, America.

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What We Learned From New Hampshire


Trump passed a big test in New Hampshire but he’ll face a bigger one in South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Sen. Bernard Sanders scored big wins in New Hampshire but the campaign for each party’s nomination turns south and west, where the real race begins, according to political analysts and strategists Roll Call asked to analyze the Tuesday’s results.

Here are their takes on what happened on Tuesday and what will happen next in South Carolina and Nevada:

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Trump, Sanders Win Huge in New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  People cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks onstage after victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders was projected Democratic winner shortly after the polls closed.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sanders told supporters they had “sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington.” (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Sen. Bernard Sanders lodged a solid complaint against both parties’ establishments with their victories in New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday.

Trump won by the widest margin since the 2000 GOP primary, with more than twice the vote of second-place Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who had declared New Hampshire make or break for his campaign.

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February 5, 2016

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks with Melinda Henneberger, off camera, Roll Call editor-in-chief, after an interview in the Capitol on Jan. 8 (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 Pelosi cites “tea party extremism” in blast mailer to Democratic voters. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”

Some political observers believe the tea party — specifically, the House Freedom Caucus — will keep its powder dry this year in favor of a number of policy and spending battles in 2017. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi see the conservative movement as a way to fire up their base.

“In the coming months, the DCCC will engage the American people in our urgent campaign to fight back the tide of tea party extremism and keep our nation moving forward,” the California Democrat wrote this week in a blast mailer to Democratic voters. Full story

February 2, 2016

What We Learned From the Iowa Caucuses


Rubio plays with his children Monday after addressing supporters at a caucus night party in Des Moines. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

The first contest in the 2016 presidential election ended with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz winning the angry vote over Donald Trump while Sen. Marco Rubio’s strong showing made him the party’s establishment favorite. The two Democrats battled to a “virtual tie,” as Sen. Bernard Sanders put it.

The race on the GOP side had been predicted to be a tight one between Cruz and Trump but Rubio’s close third-place finish was the surprise of the night. Sanders’ performance against Hillary Clinton, finishing just a few tenths of a point behind the former secretary of state, will make that fight for the nomination a longer one.

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Clinton Ekes Out Narrow Win, Cruz Stuns GOP Field

DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 01:  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stands with his wife Heidi as he addresses supporters after winning at the caucus night gathering at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz beat out frontrunner Donald Trump and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to win the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Cruz claims victory in Des Moines on Monday as his wife Heidi listens. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In what Iowa party leaders are calling the closest Democratic caucus ever, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton managed a narrow victory, securing 49.9 percent of the vote to Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ 49.6 percent. The third Democratic candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, received less than 1 percent of the vote and suspended his campaign.

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February 1, 2016

Watch Bernie Sanders and Vampire Weekend Sing an Old Subversive Folk Song

Screenshot from Sanders campaign video.

Screenshot from Sanders campaign video.

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ (I-VT) last rally before the Iowa caucus was a giant concert. Underscoring his significant lead among younger voters, Sanders was supported by members of several popular rock acts in Iowa City on Saturday, including Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and Foster The People.

But once the rally portion of the evening concluded, Sanders came back out to reprise his own unlikely musical past as a folk singer, joining in for “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, the sneakily subversive tune that has become a singalong standard in the decades since 1940. The day after the rally, Vampire Weekend visited Sanders’ Des Moines headquarters to hang out with staff and volunteers.

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Going Full Grassley on the Iowa Caucuses

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29 - Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks as Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, departs during a campaign stop at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich, left, and Grassley address a rally at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican candidates learn a lot on the trail when they’re competing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Along with the sanctity of ethanol and the primacy of pork products, they eventually grasp this is Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s state. When you run for president here, at some point, Iowa’s senior senator will appear alongside you, and everyone knows who he is.

“I didn’t know Grassley was going to show up,” said Bill Davidson, a bartender at The Supervisors Club, where the senator was introducing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Davidson sounded impressed, as if the event, being repeated over and over throughout the state in the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, had been elevated.

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January 27, 2016

Will Pro-LGBT Stances Hurt GOP Senators?

Portman. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Portman supported same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three Republican senators who support same-sex marriage are up for re-election in 2016, but though all three face primary challenges, they are betting it won’t hurt their chances.

Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are three of the four Republican senators who support same-sex marriage. (The fourth, Susan Collins of Maine, won re-election in 2014.)

Last week, Kirk became the first Republican senator to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which would make sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., sponsored and introduced the bill. Full story

Survey: Cruz Attack on Trump Helps … Trump

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new study suggests Cruz’s attacks on Trump might not be working. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new survey suggests that a Ted Cruz ad attacking Donald Trump on his “New York values” only strengthens his appeal among blue-collar voters. Full story

January 15, 2016

New York Republicans Rip Ted Cruz on ‘New York Values’

UNITED STATES - MARCH 10: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., arrives to speak during the International Association of Fire Fighters Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

King said he can’t see himself doing much to support Cruz. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Peter King said he can’t see himself “working or doing anything for Ted Cruz,” after the Texas senator’s disparaging comments about “New York values” while criticizing Donald Trump in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate.

“Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media,” Cruz said.

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January 14, 2016

Pa. Senate Candidates Choose Sides With Endorsements

Fetterman is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fetterman announced his support for Sanders on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Two of the candidates to be the Democratic nominee to run against Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., are also on opposing sides of the Democratic presidential primary.

On Thursday, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman posted his support for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., on his Twitter account and in a video, saying, “the interests of corporations, the interests of the establishment, the interests of big money are not the interests of working families all across the Commonwealth or across this country.”

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GOP Lawmakers: Presidential Race Won’t Set Our Agenda

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BALTIMORE — As House and Senate Republicans gathered to plot policy here Thursday, they vowed not to let the divisive campaign for the presidential nomination set their agenda in Congress.

Rather than try to fashion measure that suits the crowded field of presidential contenders, GOP leaders said they plan to use the next congressional session to present Americans with their vision for the country. They hope their plan will eventually merge with the priorities of the Republican nominee and boost the party’s returns in November, delivering the White House and maintaining a Senate majority.

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Before Swiping at Trump, Nikki Haley Took His Cash

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Haley criticized Trump but had previously received cash from him. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made headlines for her not-so-subtle swipes at Donald Trump in her Republican response to the State of the Union. But in the past, Haley was a recipient of the billionaire’s cash.

In her response, Haley said, “some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true.” Haley added often the best thing “is turn down the volume.”

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January 8, 2016

Can Marco Rubio Appeal to Evangelicals?

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 26: GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., holds a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio has been making faith a large part of his campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are leading among evangelicals in national polls, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is making open appeals to them ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Trump, Cruz and Rubio are appealing to disparate camps of evangelicals.

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