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    The Primary 100, Installment 2 of 100: #99 (tie) – Sen John McCain (R-AZ)

    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 61% of Arizona must be defeated in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He represents a state that he carried as a presidential candidate in 2008 by eight points and that Romney carried in 2012 by nine points for a Charlie Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+7, yet his Heritage Action Lifetime Score is a | Read More »

    The Primary 100, Installment 1 of 100: #99 (tie) – Rep Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) 76% of Florida’s 12th district must be defeated in the Republican primary election on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016. He represents a district that McCain carried by six points in 2008 and that Romney carried by nine points in 2012 for a Charlie Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+7, yet his Heritage Action Lifetime Score is a measly | Read More »

    Introducing the Primary 100

    I ranked 213 of the Republican members of Congress, including only those who Are up for re-election in 2016, Represent a district or state with a Republican PVI of at least +1, Served in Congress before 2015, and Excepting the Speaker of the House. Each member’s rank is determined by his or her Primary Score relative to the other 212. Each member’s Primary Score is | Read More »

    Unlike in 2012, the Establishment Will Not Coalesce Behind One Candidate in 2016

    In 2012, Texas did not hold its primary until May 29. In 2016, Texas joins Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Vermont (listed in order of population) in holding its primary election on Super Tuesday, March 1. This represents 25% of the population of the United States, so it is safe to assume there will still be at least two competitive potential Republican nominees | Read More »

    Heritage Action Score Percentiles of Republican Senators, 2011-2014

    Heritage Action for America provides a scorecard that helps us conservatives assess which Congresspersons in Washington are standing for our principles and values and to what extent. Redstate automatically tags Congresspersons with their Heritage Action Score (HAS) for the current session of Congress. I wanted to improve this data by including data from the prior session, as well. Additionally, I wanted to assess where each | Read More »

    Circumstances Can Change

    Failed 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney told Hugh Hewitt Tuesday that he is “not running” for president in 2016, but that “circumstances can change.” He intentionally used those three words because it is the theme of his entire political career. This can mean only one thing: Mitt Romney wants to run again. *break* “I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has | Read More »