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Sen. Ted Cruz holds a rally in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Why Ted Cruz could have a very bad election night

04/26/16 12:09PM

By nearly every estimate, Tuesday will be a tough night for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and there's a good reason for that. The five states that will be voting - Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - are lacking in a critical element of the Cruz coalition: evangelical voters.Data show that evangelical adherents in those... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during a campaign event at Watertown International Airport, April 16, 2016, in Watertown, N.Y. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Trump expected to win big in Tuesday’s northeast primary

04/26/16 10:52AM

Five states are voting in the Republican race on Tuesday. Donald Trump has long been expected to win all of them, the question is by how large a margin and whether the shaky alliance between opponents Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich can slow him down going forward.Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania are... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at the Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on April 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Penn. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Sanders braces for a rough night in Pennsylvania, four other states

04/26/16 09:52AM

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Things will get worse for Bernie Sanders before they get better -- if they ever do.Battered but soldiering on after last week’s rout in New York, Sanders is bracing for another rough night Tuesday, when frontrunner Hillary Clinton is favored to win most or all of the five states that hold Democratic primaries.At... read more

Pennsylvania residents cast their primary day ballots on April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty)

First Read: A make-or-break week in the GOP race

04/26/16 09:33AM

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Tonight begins make-or-break week in GOP raceIt's very possible that the next seven days will be the most crucial week in determining whether Donald Trump can reach the 1,237 delegates he... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz pose together before the start of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 15, 2015. (Photo by David Becker/Reuters)

Trump adopts Cruz playbook in delegate hunt

04/26/16 07:26AM

Donald Trump says the electoral delegate allocation is “rigged” and rival “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz is trying to steal the election away by wooing delegates. “Then you’ll read in these papers, like the Washington Post, Trump with the dele—“ he said on Monday in West Chester, Pennsylvania, promising a “revolt” if he doesn’t win the nomination. “We don’t... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hagerstown, Md., April 24, 2016. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

‘Weak,’ ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Crooked’: How Trump is taking on the Kasich/Cruz alliance

04/25/16 06:28PM

‘Weak,’ ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Crooked’: How Trump is taking on the Kasich/Cruz allianceBy Benjy SarlinWestchester, PA – The three-man race for the Republican nomination is now two-on-one as Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich team up to take on Donald Trump. According to Trump, that suits him just fine.“How pathetic is it when they use... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas stands onstage after being introduced by former candidate Carly Fiorina, during a rally in Towson, Md., April 18, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Carly Fiorina is on Ted Cruz shortlist for VP pick

04/25/16 04:52PM

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has a short list of potential vice presidential picks that includes former rival Carly Fiorina, campaign aides announced Monday.Cruz's campaign manager tweeted that they "have narrowed our VP candidates to a short list and are going thru the normal processes associated with picking a running mate.... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with the media as he stops in for breakfast at Miss Katie's Diner, while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wis., April 3, 2016. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)

Stop Trump groups strategize after Cruz-Kasich alliance

04/25/16 02:36PM

Ted Cruz and John Kasich are working together to stop Donald Trump. The question now: How do the outside groups supporting them help execute the strategy? Today's alliance was as much about the various allied super PACs and outside groups as it was about the campaigns themselves. And on Monday, many of those groups were starting to... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a campaign event at the Oasis Diner in Plainfield, Ind., April 23, 2016. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Trump belittles a Cruz-Kasich alliance that is already showing cracks

04/25/16 12:34PM

The alliance between Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich is already seeing fractures, and front-runner Donald Trump is basking in it. Just hours after the candidates announced a plan to deny Trump from delegates in upcoming nominating contests, Cruz and Kasich are showing that they aren't fully committed to the idea. One of the critical... read more

A resident casts a ballot during the presidential primary vote at a polling location in New York, April 19, 2016. (Photo by John Taggart/Bloomberg/Getty)

Why the Kasich-Cruz alliance could backfire

04/25/16 09:53AM

On paper, the alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich -- whereby Kasich will skip the May 3 Indiana primary to help Cruz against frontrunner Donald Trump, while Cruz will skip Oregon (May 17) and New Mexico (June 7) to help Kasich -- makes a lot of sense... but we can count three reasons why last night's announced alliance/truce could end... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivers remarks to supporters on at his rally in Kissimmee, Fla., March 10, 2016. (Photo by Joe Burbank/TNS/ZUMA)

Bernie Sanders acknowledges 'narrow path' to nomination

04/24/16 02:20PM

Are we getting the first preview of what a Bernie Sanders exit interview could look like? The Vermont senator seemed to have a more resigned tone on Sunday during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."Sanders conceded his campaign has only a "narrow path to victory" but that they would "fight…through that path. We... read more

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) waits to take the stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on Sept. 19, 2015 in Manchester, N.H. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Bernie Sanders: 'Poor people don't vote...that's just a fact'

04/24/16 10:26AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders has built his campaign on a message of combating income inequality, but that message doesn't seem to be resonating in many of the states with the country's highest levels of income inequality.Of the 25 states with the highest levels, 17 have held primaries so far — and Hillary Clinton has won 16 of those contests... read more

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