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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

Donald Trump speaks at a press conference at Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island, N.Y., April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Trump and Clinton hold strong leads in Pennsylvania, new poll shows

04/24/16 09:54AM

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold double-digit leads in the April 26 primary contest of Pennsylvania, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.In the Republican race, Trump gets support from 45 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state — followed by Ted Cruz at 27 percent and John Kasich at 24... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets members of the "National Diversity Coalition for Trump," a day ahead of New York primary on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Trump says Clinton 'not qualified' because Sanders says so

04/21/16 10:49PM

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Donald Trump made a confusing and meandering argument for why he thinks Hillary Clinton isn't qualified to be president Thursday night.For the second night in a row, Trump went after the Democratic front-runner, this time saying he doesn't think she is fit to be president — although just moments earlier he said she... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters on Feb. 17, 2016 in Bluffton, S.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

Manafort tells RNC Trump has a different private persona

04/21/16 08:04PM

Manafort Tells RNC Trump Has a Different Private Personaby KASIE HUNT and ALEXANDRA JAFFEDonald Trump has a different persona in private than he does in public and he'll shift his personality to appeal to women, minorities and other voters in a general election, his top aide told a meeting of the Republican National Committee on Thursday.... read more

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump points to supporters following a rally at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on April 21, 2016 in Harrisburg, Penn. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty)

Donald Trump's path to 1,237 delegates

04/21/16 06:59PM

The Trump PathDonald Trump currently has 846 delegates, according to the NBC News tally, and he can still clear the magic number of 1,237 during the primary season. Doing so would prevent the open convention that Ted Cruz and the Stop Trump movement are banking on. Here’s what it would take:April 26Pennsylvania (17 pledged delegates, 54 unbound)... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a campaign stop in Annapolis, Md., April 19, 2016. (Photo by Susan Walsh/AP)

RNC rules roadblock may no longer be a hurdle for Kasich

04/21/16 06:57PM

RNC Rules Roadblock May No Longer be a Hurdle for Kasichby ALEXANDRA JAFFEHOLLYWOOD, Fla. — If Republican National Committee rules governing the party's nominating process remain unchanged, it's all but impossible for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to gain enough delegates to put his name into nomination at the convention this July.But he can... read more

Sanders allies plot meeting to discuss future of the movement

04/21/16 06:55PM

Key allies of Bernie Sanders are planning meet in Chicago after the final votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential primary to plot the future of the movement galvanized by Sanders’ presidential campaign.Sanders’ loss in New York’s primary this week has put the Democratic nomination almost certainly out of reach, leading many to wonder... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addresses the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

How Ted Cruz hunts for delegates

04/21/16 06:28PM

 In a back room before a campaign event in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Ted Cruz sat down to do the real work of his campaign: convincing a group delegate candidates to vote for him in a contested convention.  With almost no path for the Texas senator to win a majority of his party’s delegates – 1237 – before the party’s July convention... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., April 20, 2016. (Photo by Aaron Bernstein/Reuters)

Donald Trump's tax cuts for top 1% set up general election fight

04/21/16 04:01PM

Donald Trump is running on a plan to dramatically cut taxes for the ultra-rich while talking up his willingness to raise taxes on the same group. Sooner or later it’s going to get him into trouble.“Do you believe on raising taxes on the wealthy?” Trump was asked on the Today Show on Thursday morning.   “I do,” he said. “I do. Including myself, I... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a campaign stop, April 19, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo by Matt Rourke/AP)

Cruz attacks Trump for transgender bathroom comments

04/21/16 12:28PM

Ted Cruz went after Donald Trump on Thursday for saying transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they want."Have we gone stark-raving nuts?" Cruz said at a rally in Frederick, Maryland.Responding to North Carolina's controversial bathroom law during a TODAY town hall earlier in the day, Trump said people should ... read more