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Judge Merrick Garland arrives prior to U.S. President Barack Obama announcing Garland as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, March 16, 2016. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

NBC poll: Majority wants vote on SCOTUS nominee this year

04/19/16 07:59AM

A majority of voters now say that they believe the United States Senate should vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.Fifty-two percent of registered voters said that the Senate should vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland, whom Obama... read more

Donald Trump holds a press conference and then speaks at a lunch for the Staten Island GOP, April 17, 2016.

Trump eager to end Cruz’s winning streak in New York GOP race

04/19/16 07:34AM

Donald Trump’s final push for the GOP nomination starts Tuesday in New York, where the frontrunner is heavily favored over rivals Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.The burning question is not whether Trump wins New York – if he doesn’t, it will be among the biggest polling surprises ever – but whether Cruz and Kasich can pick up... read more

A protestor is dragged away by authorities as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center, April 18, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Protests and gaffes at Trump rally in Upstate New York

04/18/16 11:12PM

Protests and Gaffes at Trump Rally in Upstate New Yorkby JACOB RASCONBUFFALO, NY — Donald Trump pledged Monday night to win the New York primary and show "Ted Cruz hates New York" — and to go on to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot, without wining and dining delegates to do so."No New Yorker can vote for Ted Cruz... read more

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Sanders looks for a big swing from small towns

04/18/16 10:42PM

Sanders hopes to expand the Teachout Corridor upstate, but faces personal ties to ClintonSCHUYLERVILLE, New York -- Bernie Sanders’ path to victory in New York primary runs through places like the dairy farm Ed King’s family owns here, just outside of Saratoga Springs.On paper, Saratoga County looks like solid Sanders country.Two years ago, it... read more

Ben Carson announces his retirement from the presidential race during CPAC 2016 March 4, 2016 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Late on paperwork, Ben Carson remains on the ballot in New York

04/18/16 07:55PM

Dr. Ben Carson will still be on Republican ballots in Tuesday’s New York primary, potentially pulling votes away from the candidate he’s endorsed, Donald Trump, in a state Trump calls “vital.”Carson requested to be removed from the state’s ballot but was “like a day late” New York State Board of Election’s Tim Connolly told MSNBC. Carson is the... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, waits behind a curtain for his introduction at a rally in Towson, Md., April 18, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Poll: Trump hits 40 percent support, but Cruz runs close behind

04/18/16 05:00PM

Donald Trump has extended his support in the 2016 presidential race among Republican primary voters to a record 40 percent as the field has narrowed, but he is still locked in a tight battle with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for dominance, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.Trump gets the support of 40 percent of Republican primary voters,... read more

Hillary Clinton at the National Action Network 25th annual convention, April 13, 2016.

NBC/WSJ Poll: Clinton's national lead down to 2 points

04/18/16 12:31PM

Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders nationally by just two points in the Democratic presidential race, according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Clinton gets support from 50 percent of Democratic primary voters, while Sanders gets support from 48 percent. That's down from Clinton's nine-point advantage a... read more

A young girl takes a souvenir from a Statue of Liberty character in Times Square, New York City, April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: How New York could change the delegate math

04/18/16 09:55AM

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.How tomorrow's New York primary can change the delegate mathFor the most part, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have had a good last couple of weeks, winning additional contests and cutting into... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in New York April 17, 2016. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

On Staten Island, Donald Trump finally gets his NYC homecoming

04/17/16 05:16PM

NEW YORK — Donald Trump's political home in his native New York City is several miles — and a ferry ride — from Trump Tower.Staten Island, New York's self-proclaimed "forgotten borough," is a hidden bastion of Republicanism in of the nation's most liberal cities, separated from the rest of the city both geographically... read more

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson at a news conference during which he announced he was seeking a presidential nomination as a Libertarian, at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Dec. 28, 2011. (Photo by Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal/AP)

Third time's the charm? Minor parties hope for 2016 wins

04/17/16 12:33PM

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has been down this road before.After all, as a member of the GOP he served for two terms as New Mexico's governor through much of the 1990s and early 2000s. He even made an ultimately unsuccessful bid in 2012 to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee.But his sensibilities... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Poll: 62% say Republican with most votes should be nominee

04/17/16 11:05AM

More than six in 10 Republican voters believe that, if no GOP presidential candidate wins a majority of delegates before the convention, the one with the most votes should be the party's nominee, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.That's compared with 33 percent of Republicans who say the nominee instead... read more