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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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  • 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.

  • Missing From Both Parties' Candidates' Campaigns: Work

    Missing From Both Parties’ Candidates’ Campaigns: Work

    From someone whose title is senior political analyst you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses next Monday night.

  • Americans Tired of Elites Considering Them Stupid and Vicious

    Americans Tired of Elites Considering Them Stupid and Vicious

    How stupid and vicious do they think we are? That’s a question that I think explains a lot of things about politics and society today — and about this year’s unpredicted presidential race.

  • Karl Rove: Why McKinley Still Matters

    Karl Rove: Why McKinley Still Matters

    The economy has been staggering, with stagnant or no growth, for several years, after a financial crisis. Loud complaints have been raised against Wall Street financiers and the concentration of great wealth in few hands.

  • The Republican Race Heats Up While Hillary Clinton Falters

    The Republican Race Heats Up While Hillary Clinton Falters

    The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president — in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How’s it going? Let’s look at these separate races.

  • American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

    American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

    In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks” — this was before their fiscal crisis — “believe in Greek exceptionalism.”