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Mr. Barone is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and the principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, published by National Journal every two years.

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  • Republicans Should Have Adopted Democrats' Rules -- and Vice Versa

    Republicans Should Have Adopted Democrats’ Rules — and Vice Versa

    The unexpected successes, forecast by almost no one 12 months ago, of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in winning 40 percent and 42 percent in Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses is widely taken as evidence of raging discontent among American voters.

  • Donald Trump Isn't the 'Presumptive Nominee' -- Not Yet, Anyway

    Donald Trump Isn’t the ‘Presumptive Nominee’ — Not Yet, Anyway

    Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other Northeastern states Tuesday, the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party. Is it a done deal

  • Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016

    Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016

    Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses.

  • Donald Trump's Insincere Process Arguments

    Donald Trump’s Insincere Process Arguments

    “Gestapo tactics.” That’s how Donald Trump’s recently installed campaign manager, Paul Manafort, characterized the Ted Cruz campaign’s successful effort to win all 34 of Colorado’s pledged national convention delegates at the long-scheduled Republican congressional district and state conventions.

  • The Tragic Deterioration of Washington's Great Society Subway

    The Tragic Deterioration of Washington’s Great Society Subway

    If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, ordered a one-day shutdown of the entire 117-mile system for emergency inspection of track-based power cables.

  • Wisconsin Republicans Bid No Trump

    Wisconsin Republicans Bid No Trump

    “Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again.”

  • A Vote for Kasich Is a Vote for Trump

    A Vote for Kasich Is a Vote for Trump

    Perhaps the most important results of the March 22 Republican primary in Arizona and caucus in Utah were numbers that didn’t appear on your television screen, no matter how late you stayed up for the poll closing times. Those were the numbers of votes cast for Marco Rubio in Arizona — 70,587 of them at this writing.

  • Does Social Connectedness Explain Trump's Appeal?

    Does Social Connectedness Explain Trump’s Appeal?

    How can one make sense of the electoral divisions in this year’s Republican primaries and caucuses? The contours of Donald Trump’s support and opposition don’t fall on traditional lines.

  • Will Britain Leave or Remain in the European Union?

    Will Britain Leave or Remain in the European Union?

    On June 23, when Donald Trump will or will not have won the 1,237 delegates he needs to be nominated, voters in Britain will decide an issue as divisive as Trump’s candidacy: whether the United Kingdom will remain in or leave the European Union.

  • Only Ted Cruz Can Stop Donald Trump

    Only Ted Cruz Can Stop Donald Trump

    Can Donald Trump be stopped from winning the Republican nomination? The answer is yes. Despite his big win over Marco Rubio in Florida and his narrow wins over Ted Cruz in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, he has not won a majority of delegates yet awarded — 661 at this writing, with several more to be added when Missouri and Illinois congressional district totals are tabulated.

  • Democrats Dispirited, Republicans Hobbled by Excess of Spirit

    Democrats Dispirited, Republicans Hobbled by Excess of Spirit

    Bad news for both parties in the primaries and caucuses in the seven days in March following Super Tuesday.

  • Arizona, Not Trump, Shows Republicans the Way on Immigration

    Arizona, Not Trump, Shows Republicans the Way on Immigration

    In last Thursday’s slam-bang Republican debate everyone saw Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz do a fine job of demonstrating Donald Trump’s ignorance and inconsistencies. But many may not have noticed Cruz’s citation of a Feb. 9 Wall Street Journal article that casts light on the immigration issue — and suggests strongly that Cruz’s and Rubio’s serious immigration policies could prove more effective than Trump’s bombast about building a wall and getting Mexico to pay for it.

  • Trump's Rivals Must Make the Case for Themselves

    Trump’s Rivals Must Make the Case for Themselves

    Does Donald Trump’s big win in the Nevada caucuses mean he’s the inevitable Republican nominee?

  • February Clarifies Both Parties' Nomination Races

    February Clarifies Both Parties’ Nomination Races

    In 2008, Barack Obama’s great victories in February primaries — Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin — gave him an unstoppable delegate lead for the Democratic nomination.

  • Who Will Win the Electability Vote?

    Who Will Win the Electability Vote?

    With the likelihood that the Supreme Court vacancy will not be filled this year, voters’ minds are going to turn to questions of electability, writes my Washington Examiner colleague David Drucker.

  • Republicans Launch Sharp Attacks in South Carolina Debate

    Republicans Launch Sharp Attacks in South Carolina Debate

    The CBS presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, started off with a moment of silence in memory of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death was announced earlier in the day. And the debate that followed was a sort of tribute to the late jurist.

  • New Hampshire's Rebuke

    New Hampshire’s Rebuke

    New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primaries.

  • How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first-in-the-nation primary state.

  • Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers

    Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers

    Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

  • Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

    Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

    Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.