Revealed: The One Stunning Fact That Shows Why Trump And Carson Are Dominating The Polls

Voters really do want to throw out establishment politicians, according to all the latest polls and the rising tide of enthusiasm over outsider presidential candidates like billionaire Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

A Quinnipiac University National poll suggests that voting, grassroots Republicans are unhappy with establishment politics. According to the poll, 73 percent of GOP members believe someone living outside politics and the beltway would have experience that would make for a better president.

Anger is fueling a lot of the political leanings, according to strategists. Many Americans feel that both the Republican and Democratic parties don’t care about them and only want to line the pockets of the wealthy and powerful, they said.

“There are a lot of voters who are exceptionally frustrated with traditional politics and politicians and who quite simply feel failed by the system,” said pollster Geoff Garin, who advises Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Iowa polling proves voters are looking to outsiders. A CNN survey released earlier this month has Trump leading with 22 percent. Carson was in second place with 14 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in the third place slot with 9 percent.

Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald conducted a survey in New Hampshire, an early primary state. Those results also put Trump in the lead with 18 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an establishment candidate, is in second place; and another GOP establishment favorite, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is running third in the poll. Outsiders like Tea Party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina are running fourth and fifth in both Iowa and New Hampshire polls.

Most expect Cruz to rise higher in the numbers because his campaign is extremely well funded, and Cruz has an organization and significant grassroots campaign infrastructure. Experts said he could take the lead if Trump’s numbers ever wane.

Crowds are responding to the outsiders’ messages. Carson’s rally in Des Moines, Iowa, saw one of the largest crowds so far this campaign season. Interest in Fiorina grew after her performance in the first presidential debate. Trump’s rally in Mobile, Ala., grew so large it had to be moved to a stadium. More than 30,000 attended.

Some Republicans said this too shall pass.

“A lot of the Trump stuff is an emotional response to being furious about the establishment, about immigration, all these other sensations that are not illegitimate feelings but that are not going to be politically viable for the long haul,” Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant said. Wilson is not working for any presidential candidate in this campaign.

The Democratic presidential race is also involved in an upheaval, even though the candidates are both political veterans. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist, is drawing huge crowds at his rallies. He also beat frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the first time in the New Hampshire poll, claiming 44 percent of likely Democratic voters to Clinton’s 37 percent.

This is contrary to the Quinnipiac University poll stating that only 18 percent of Democrats would prefer an outsider candidate in the White House.

Strategists said citizens want candidates to be real and say what they think. That’s one reason Trump and Sanders are doing well, according to experts.

“People feel that the candidates are too manufactured, there’s not enough spontaneity. They want someone who, even if they don’t agree with them, is telling it like they see it, really leveling with voters. I see that with Bernie and I think with Trump, too. It’s resonating very powerfully,” said Democratic strategist Tad Devine.

The independents, who both parties clamor for, are also favoring a shake up in the nation’s capital. According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 55 percent believe an outsider would have better experience for the U.S. presidency than a career politician.

Other presidential candidates in both parties said they aren’t worried about today’s polls and insist that a year of campaigns will make a difference in the way voters will cast their ballot in the primaries. However, political experts said they may have reason to worry.

Elections now are different than in the past. Previously, establishment party operatives could shut an insurgent candidate out of the media, outspend campaign money, or work to cut off money from key supporters.

“The establishment had almost ironclad control over the rules, over the money,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, manager of Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. “They could form a firing squad and just hail ammo at you until you drop.”

However, two aspects have changed in this election. The primary difference is the effects of social media. It is free and makes it easy for all candidates to expound on their message and increase supporters’ involvement. Citizen journalists chronicle campaign stomps and spread the word about a candidate’s views, even if the mainstream media does not cover them.

In terms of money, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission removed certain limits on contributions. That is creating a new revenue stream outside the establishment for fresh-faced candidates. Besides that, Trump is funding his own campaign.

“Both parties are losing control,” Trippi said.

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Obama Just Announced A BIG Change To An Important American Location, And He’s Paying The Price

North America’s tallest mountain — its peak soaring more than 20,000 feet into the sky above Alaska — has just been renamed by order of President Barack Obama. Mount McKinley is no more — no longer does the mountain bear the name of the nation’s 25th president, a Republican from Ohio. Siding with lawmakers in the 49th state as well as Alaska’s indigenous peoples, the president has officially restored “Denali” as the name of the majestic mountain in all federal records.

Denali means “the great one” in the Athabaskan languages of the Alaska Natives living around the mountain.

The move comes as Obama starts a three-day presidential trip to the state where voters haven’t been too kind to Democrats in recent years. The focus of Obama’s trek to the north is his climate-change agenda, which he hopes will be boosted by his ending a 40-year battle over the name. Fox News reports that the state of Alaska has tried for decades to get the name change officially enacted.

But those efforts and legislation in Congress have been stymied by members of Ohio’s congressional delegation. Even when Mount McKinley National Park was renamed Denali National Park in 1980, the federal government retained Mount McKinley as the name of the actual peak….

Members of the congressional delegation from Ohio — President William McKinley’s home state — have vigorously protested the president’s order to change the mountain’s name. They claim that Obama has once again overstepped his constitutional authority, since it was an act of Congress that, nearly 100 years ago, named the mountain for the president from The Buckeye State.

Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, released a statement slamming the presidential name change, according to Fox News:

“This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action,” Gibbs said.

The Ohio delegation’s disappointment at the decision cut across party lines.

“We must retain this national landmark’s name in order to honor the legacy of this great American president and patriot,” Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes McKinley’s hometown of Niles, in eastern Ohio.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also lit into Obama for his unilateral move to delete the name Mount McKinley from federal records. Even House Speaker John Boehner said he is “deeply disappointed in this decision,” reports Fox News.

In the state of Alaska itself — where Obama is slated to tour a receding glacier and meet people in remote communities supposedly threatened by rising ocean levels — GOP lawmakers say they’re appreciative of the president’s putting an end to the long-running conflict over the mountain’s official name.

Reuters reports: “The move elicited praise from Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a Republican turned independent, and Republican elected officials, who more typically are critical of an administration they see as hostile to the oil and gas interests of their state.”

For Obama critics who remain deeply cynical about the president’s every move, the changing of the tallest North American mountain’s name to a word that means “the great one” just might be seen as a self-serving testament to Barack Obama’s opinion of himself.

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Trump On The Fence About Signing Pledge To Support Eventual GOP Nominee

During the first Republican presidential primary debate earlier this month, Donald Trump made waves after raising his hand to indicate he would not make a commitment to support the eventual Republican nominee. Now the state of South Carolina may be about to force the casino owner’s hand.

The deadline for Trump to file for the South Carolina primary is Sept. 30. Part of that filing requires the candidate to sign a pledge which reads in part: “I hereby affirm that I generally believe in and intend to support the nominees and platform of the Republican Party in the November 8, 2016 general election.”

The Palmetto State’s primary is among the very first in the nation (Feb. 20), and participation in it is seen as all but essential on the pathway to the party’s nomination.

South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore told CNN that signing the pledge has been a requirement in his state for decades.

“It has not been an issue with national candidates in the past,” Moore said. “We’re hoping it’s not this time around.”

“We’ve heard nothing from the Trump campaign indicating they won’t sign the pledge,” he added.

The billionaire candidate was asked whether he would sign it after a campaign event in Greenville on Thursday. “Well, we have plenty of time to think about it because I think that’s Sept. 30,” Trump told The Greenville News. “There’s a lot of time. So we’ll be making announcements on different things over the next couple of weeks.”

Following the GOP debate, Trump explained to Sean Hannity that not ruling out a third party run early on gave him leverage with the Republican Party establishment, making it more likely they would treat him fairly during the primary election season.

He also said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday: “As long as I’m treated fairly, that’s all I want. And they’ve been really nice,” referring to RNC officials.

On Thursday, he told The New York Times that if he signs the pledge, he expects to “go up 10 or 15 percent” in polls.

“I don’t make commitments and break them,” Trump said, stating that if he violated the pledge, the GOP “should sue. I would go before the court and say, ‘I’m guilty.’”

The Trump campaign’s actions indicate the candidate will likely be signing the pledge soon. The Times reports Trump 2016 is staffing up in South Carolina, bringing on board James Epley, who worked in the state in 2012 for Newt Gingrich (who won the primary with 40 percent of the vote). Nancy Mace also joined the Trump campaign ranks recently. She was the first woman to graduate from The Citadel in Charleston and ran for U.S. Senate in the state last year, challenging Lindsey Graham in a very crowded GOP field.

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Donald Makes History: New Poll Shows Trump Doing Something That No Other GOP Candidate Has Done

Donald Trump’s post-debate bump might have been more pronounced and sustainable than some of his critics predicted. According to a new Gravis Marketing poll, the businessman-turned-politico has topped 40 percent – the first time in the primary any candidate has hit that mark.

Prior to the first GOP debate earlier this month, Trump led the crowded primary field with just over 30 percent support. That number increased by 9.3 percent – the highest of any candidate – to 40.1 percent as of the Aug. 25 poll.

Other candidates saw their numbers rise following their debate performances. Ben Carson, who finished second in the most recent survey, more than doubled his statistical support over the last month to earn a nod from 13 percent of all respondents.

In a post-debate poll, Gravis found that most respondents – 22 percent – thought Carson won the debate. Trump was close behind with 19 percent.

A clearer difference between the two candidates could be seen in the results of another poll question asking whether debate viewers had a more or less favorable opinion of a candidate after his or her performance.

Eighty percent of those polled viewed Carson more favorably after the debate, while only 36 percent felt the same about Trump.

Another big winner following the first debate was second-tier candidate Carly Fiorina, who soared to fifth place after nearly tripling her support from under two percent to more than five percent. Ted Cruz also gained some support, winding up at fourth place with an even seven percent.

Jeb Bush faltered, dropping from second to third place with support from just one in 10 respondents. The rest of the field finished with less than five percent, including Scott Walker who plummeted nine points to end up at 3.5 percent.

Are you surprised by any of the post-debate polling? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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ALERT: Three GOP State Parties Are Colluding Against Trump By Introducing ‘Anti-Trump’ Rule

Establishment Republicans in three neighboring East Coast states are hoping to throw a monkey wrench into Donald Trump’s breakaway presidential campaign. Though he has been the party’s front-runner since shortly after announcing his candidacy, Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are considering a requirement for primary candidates that he might not be able to meet.

In the first few minutes of the first GOP presidential debate, Trump was the only candidate on the stage to acknowledge that he could not rule out a possible third-party candidacy should he not win the Republican nomination.

Many in the party believe such a bid would siphon votes from Republicans and ensure a Democrat victory. Party leaders in the aforementioned states, therefore, are considering forcing any Republican candidate, prior to appearing on state primary ballots, to vow he or she will not pursue a third-party candidacy.

South Carolina was the latest to join the coalition. In that state, candidates must affirm their belief in and support of “the nominees and platforms of the Republican Party in the November 8, 2016 general election” prior to being included in the primary election. Seven candidates have already signed or are prepared to sign the pledge within the next few days.

Trump, however, has yet to back away from his threat to run an independent campaign.

While those behind these proposed rules are ostensibly trying to protect the party, at least one former Trump adviser contended that the plan could have the opposite effect.

Could you support a candidate willing to divide the Republican vote ahead of the 2016 election? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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