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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall style meeting for employees at C & S Wholesalers on Feb. 2, 2016 in Keene, N.H. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

Bush pleads for town hall attendees to 'please clap'

02/03/16 12:23PM

Just days before the nation's first primary vote in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush appears to still be struggling to gain traction. The once-presumed Republican establishment candidate came in sixth in Monday's Iowa caucus, netting 3 percent support, coming in behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul,... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media during a campaign stop at The Colonial Theatre on Feb. 2, 2016, in Keene, N.H. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Dems add four more debates

02/03/16 10:33AM

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off one-on-one in a debate for the first time Thursday, after their campaigns officially agreed to participate in an MSNBC debate moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow in New Hampshire. ... read more

Donald Trump holds a Town Hall in Council Bluffs, Ia., Jan. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Don't underestimate Trump in New Hampshire

02/03/16 09:52AM

Don't underestimate Trump in New HampshireAfter his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump has taken a beating from the political chattering class. He's a loser (which always was the downside for a man whose brand is about winning). His organization in Iowa was subpar (which is true). And his clear path to the GOP nomination is now... read more

For Ted Cruz, Iowa victory proves more than evangelical support

02/02/16 07:06PM

After a month of bruising attacks and sliding poll numbers, Ted Cruz is back on track.The Texas senator pulled off a major victory in Iowa Monday night, winning the Republican caucuses with 28% support. Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who had been needling Cruz for weeks over his Canadian birthplace and Wall Street loans, came in a... read more

Campaign signs stand in the bed of a pickup truck outside the Crossing Life Church where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a campaign town hall meeting Feb. 2, 2016 in Windham, N.H. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Ted Cruz basks in Iowa win, but New Hampshire is a tougher climb

02/02/16 02:53PM

WINDHAM, New Hampshire -- Senator Ted Cruz took his campaign to New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he hopes to capitalize on his caucus victory in a state that has a long history of second-guessing Iowa’s top choice. “This is a movement from the people,” Cruz told a small church packed for his afternoon cartel. “It is a movement of people who are... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds while visiting Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a caucus site on Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)

Donald Trump spins second-place finish in Iowa

02/02/16 02:06PM

Donald Trump closed out caucus night in Iowa with a less-than-five minute speech to supporters. But the New York real estate mogul also took to Twitter Tuesday morning for more of a classicly Trump Iowa post-mortem.Blaming the media for unfair coverage of what he called a "long-shot great finish" in the Hawkeye State, Trump has begun... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio waits to speak at a caucus site on Feb. 1, 2016 in Clive, Iowa. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

Marco Rubio's Iowa balancing act

02/02/16 01:51PM

A stronger-than-expected third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses were, for Marco Rubio, the culmination of a careful balancing act.All week, his campaign meticulously managed expectations, juggling the conflicting demands of setting expectations and projecting strength on the campaign trail. Throughout the weekend, advisers and Rubio himself... read more

A volunteer tallies votes for a precinct at a Republican Party Caucus inside Keokuk High School on Feb. 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty)

Record-setting results become the new norm in presidential politics

02/02/16 01:43PM

Two Cuban-Americans together just won over half of the Republican vote in one of the whitest, most socially-conservative states in the country.Add to that other leaders in Monday night's Iowa caucus, which include a reality television star, a politically-seasoned woman and a Brooklyn socialist.Welcome to 2016, the year when conventional... read more

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Iowa City, Ia., Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

2016 Democratic race was the party’s closest Iowa caucus race yet

02/02/16 12:55PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ historic marginal difference of 0.2 percent Monday night is the narrowest margin between two top presidential candidates in the Iowa caucus’ 44-year history. Before Monday, former presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan held the record for the narrowest difference with 2.1... read more

Republican presidential hopeful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answers questions at the town hall at Nashua Community College on Feb. 1, 2016 in Nashua, N.H. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

Christie slams Rubio as 'boy in the bubble'

02/02/16 11:45AM

BEDFORD, New Hampshire — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday morning, referring to him as “the boy in the bubble,” and saying he needs to “man up and step up and stop letting all of his handlers write his speeches and handle it because that’s what you have to do for someone who... read more