US primaries

Where did all the good presidents go?

Adam Swersky  |  17 February 2016

An ad pipes up on the radio in Manchester, New Hampshire: ‘Celebrate Presidents’ Day with us – we’re talking about the good presidents, not the current lot screaming for the job’. When a donut chain is decrying the decline of American politics, the world’s last superpower has a problem. The ever-present American donut is actually …

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The long haul is just starting

Charlie Samuda  |  2 February 2016

The morning after the 2008 Iowa caucus, Hillary Clinton held a painfully awkward conference call with her campaign team. Having just lost badly to Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination she asked each of her advisers what the next step was, only to be greeted with stony silence. Imagine how awkward that …

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Comeback Hill

Robert Philpot  |  29 January 2016

Hillary Clinton may yet show that precedents are there to be broken, writes Robert Philpot It was once an apparently iron law of American politics that you could not make it to the White House without first winning the New Hampshire primary. Not everybody who managed to persuade the voters of this small north-eastern state to …

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Winning without bouncing

Joel Braunold  |  7 March 2012

As the dust settles from Super Tuesday, there was a clear delegate winner on the night. Mitt Romney took the lines share of delegates on offer with five clear victories and a single point win in Ohio. He now stands 200 delegates above his nearest rival, Rick Santorum. Though there are still delegate-rich races to …

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Unfinished revolution

Robert Philpot  |  27 February 2012

Barack Obama’s mandate in 2008 was misunderstood by many liberals. Can a new populist message save his bid for re-election, asks Robert Philpot Barring an upset on ‘Super Tuesday’ early this month – and there have been plenty of those already in this primary season – Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican party’s presidential nomination …

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A chance to break tradition in Iowa

Joel Braunold  |  4 January 2012

By a mere eight votes Mitt Romney may be the first Republican presidential candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. This is, of course, if he can stop Newt’s kamikaze mission to implode his candidacy. In a night that was decided by eight votes, Rick Santorum surge came at the exactly right time to …

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Is it time for primaries?

Jonathan Slater  |  27 September 2011

Today I attended the fringe event jointly organised by Progress and the Institute for Government on whether we should have primaries to select Labour parliamentary candidates.   In the pro camp on the panel was Tottenham MP David Lammy, who said primaries were a good way of engaging with a wider number of voters which …

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Will they back Bachmann?

Frank Spring  |  21 June 2011

Frank Spring looks over the current Republican frontrunners - can Bachmann capitalise on an early success? Will the party stick with the solid Romney as the only candidate who can beat Obama? Who else might join the race?

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