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Who will be next Republican to drop out of presidential race? (Reader Poll)

Who will be next Republican to drop out of presidential race? (Reader Poll)

Perry and Walker gone, who’s next?

Rick Perry is gone. That might have been expected.

Scott Walker is gone. That was not expected.

Who will be the next to drop out?

I did not include Jim Gilmore in the poll because it’s unclear that he is in the race anything more than in name.

Poll open until midnight (Pacific time) on Monday night, September 28, 2015

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Impossible to say.

There are at least four candidates who should never have entered the race. What the heck are Pataki, Santorum, Huckabee, and Graham doing in the race?

Are they just trying to get enough name recognition to have a shot at a cabinet post or cushy ambassadorship? Is it about fundraising for their “family charity”?

Without knowing what they’re doing in the race, there’s no way to predict when they might choose to leave.

    Milwaukee in reply to clintack. | September 28, 2015 at 12:19 am

    “Without knowing what they’re doing in the race, there’s no way to predict when they might choose to leave.”

    Exactly. If a person reaches a position by something other than logic, then only something other than logic can move them from that position. For example, Ted Kennedy in 1980 was motivated by, perhaps, his deep disdain for James Earl Carter. Getting feeble primary results wasn’t enough to overcome that disdain.

    Some of these are plants encouraged by the Establishment party to muddy the waters. No way on this green earth can JOHN KASICH possibly, in any sane moment, really consider himself to be conservative enough to win. (Or JEB for that matter.) But they are so self-delusional that they think they are. Does JEB have even a clue to how many small-government conservatives find his pro-amnesty, pro-common core, etc. baggage absolutely detestable? Probably not.

    Us trying to be sane about their insanity is a signal that it is too late on a Sunday night and we should be rejoicing in the Broncos win over the Lions.

      Estragon in reply to Milwaukee. | September 28, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Teddy K was leading in some polls in 1979, the corresponding position to where we are now. And he had a very strong base, even if he proved incapable of expanding it, thank goodness.

“What the heck are Pataki, Santorum, Huckabee, and Graham doing in the race?”

They’re spoilers and place holders for Jeb.

As to the next drop out, I suspect Jindal is up.

So far the one making the most noise and the most personal attacks on Trump have been the next to drop out.

First Perry, then Walker and lately Jindal’s been taking shots at Trump.

He’s already got a decent job and he’s got the time to do this better in 2020 and he’s not part of the Jebby Uber Alles crowd that Karl Rove’s gathered to jam Jeb past the voters.

Blockers, spoilers, place holders and attack dogs. That’s mostly who’s left.

You can tell who everyone thinks is serious:

Everyone else has no donors, no money and no reasonable expectation of winning. They’re being propped up by Jeb’s network of superpacs as sock puppets.

Kind of doesn’t matter at this point.

I’m sure Rand Paul is staying in because he just got 8 endorsements. One was from his father and one from someone in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame. How can he leave now?

Boehner should join the race. The comedy would be therapeutic for everyone.

Santorum won 11 primaries & did it on a shoestring. He’s no placeholder. All the national polls don’t tell you iowa or N. H.

Trump has drowned him out, so that’s a problem. Otherwise he’s a great candidate. Too many people letting lefties diminish their view of a candidate good on 75% of things. The left’s preference for dissolute types has seeped into the right’s mindset, and they have “accepted” they can’t support one of the authors of the partial birth abortion ban, welfare reform, and sanctions on Iran.

The media has accomplished its goal by making such a good candidate unpalatable to those who support everything he’s done. Except Arlen Specter; even Rand Paul has his McConnell.

Boy, typing on an iphone is slow.

    Fiftycaltx in reply to CloseTheFed. | September 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    POINT TWO PERCENT doesn’t win any races. Trump, Carson, Cruz and Jeb! are the only “real” candidates. Carly is in it for the chance at VP and for GOPe insurance if Jeb! does as badly as predicted AND they can’t jigger the delegates to put Jeb! on the ticket anyway.

      CloseTheFed in reply to Fiftycaltx. | September 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Clearly, you don’t understand presidential nominating races. National polls mean basically NOTHING. It’s what’s happening on the ground in Iowa and NH, etc. that matters.

      Where was Obama in ’08. About where Santorum is. Read David Plouffe’s book about O’s campaign: The Audacity to Win. Cruz said he based his senate race in texas on it.

      Of course the drive by media focuses on national polls because it gives them an angle they like to report.

      Be suckered if you wish.

    cantor4massat4 in reply to CloseTheFed. | September 27, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I think he did well because a lot of voters didn’t like Romney.

      CloseTheFed in reply to cantor4massat4. | September 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Well, he made the outstanding point, that if you’re running against Ocare, then why run the architect of Romneycare? Besides, the point is, he won 11 states. Doesn’t matter that much how it happened. It did.

    Estragon in reply to CloseTheFed. | September 28, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Santorum won Iowa in a squeaker – which awarded no delegates. His later wins were ONLY because he was seen as the last “Not Romney” candidate standing. I strongly suspect most who voted for him in later primaries would never have done so had they thought there was any chance he might actually be the nominee.

    He can pretend to be “anti-establishment” all he wants, but he was Trent Lott’s deputy in the Senate and after losing reelection by 18% to a guy who only showed up half the time to his state job, joined a big lobbying law firm. Santorum never registered as a lobbyist and claims he never lobbied, but won’t say what cases he handled.

      CloseTheFed in reply to Estragon. | September 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Well, I’m so happy to see your priority of criterion. I don’t think Santorum has EVER said he’s anti-establishment. He does claim to be for Americans, which would be a nice change of pace.

      As for voters, the ones I’ve spoken to in my state, wished they had voted for him in the primaries, not for someone else. Because he turned out to be the closest to taking out Romney.

      If phantom lobbying claims are your concern, be concerned. But for me, a man who pushed a partial birth abortion bill through, welfare reform, and Iranian sanctions, is a good legislator.

      Too bad you are determining my countries’ future. Your priorities are out of order.

    It doesn’t matter if a candidate says all the right things, if he or she is unlikable. Say what you want about Santorum, he never comes off well publicly. It’s a persona and charisma thing.

      CloseTheFed in reply to peg_c. | September 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I’ve watched him in a lot of things. He’s fine. It’s the press that colors him off, because they don’t like American conservatives, which he undeniably is. Stephanopoulous asking him about making contraception illegal? What a shill.

I voted for Jeb Bush to be out next. Wistful thinking, I’m afraid but I’d sure love to see that smug b@stard out of the race. He isn’t doing any campaigning – apparently he (and his COC handlers) feel he can just hang back until the field is narrowed down and he can just step in like a returning king. I really dislike that man.

Sorry to break it to you, it is either trump or jeb!

No one else has a chance. Trump because he has the support and doesn’t need outside money. Jeb! because he is the R insider big money candidate, the anointed one.

I wish it were different, but it’s not.

    Fiftycaltx in reply to Barry. | September 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I believe Cruz has the money to stay in for a long time and run an A#1 campaign. I think a lot of Trump’s “magic” is that he is getting the MSM to give him “free” coverage in line with what the socialists usually get.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Fiftycaltx. | September 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Trump has popular support, a rationale for running and a plan.

      Immigration and 2nd Amendment platform already published.

      Tax plan coming tomorrow – press conference 11 am.

    cantor4massat4 in reply to Barry. | September 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I wouldn’t place any money on your prediction. We have a long way to go yet.

      I wouldn’t put money on it either. But I do not see any other possibility. I can hope for and donate to Cruz all I want. It doesn’t change reality. The support is not there. His own party did everything possible to “damage” him.

        cantor4massat4 in reply to Barry. | September 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

        Cruz knows exactly what he’s doing. He ran a flawless campaign in Texas against Dewhurst who was backed by the Establishment and had plenty of money. On the other hand, Cruz even had to liquidate his assets to continue to run. I would never underestimate him. He’s in it for the long haul and I really believe he’s going to win.

In the end it will be Cruz against either Jeb or Rubio. I sure hope Cruz wins. He’s been playing his cards pretty well, IMHO.

Next poll: who do you *want* to drop out next?

Maybe none of them will. None strikes me as the realistic or humble sort.

Rumor is out via some news reports that Jindal, Paul and Pataki are dropping out in the next little while.

The money is drying up. Only funded candidates can continue in any meaningful way.

    Milwaukee in reply to Barry. | September 28, 2015 at 12:54 am

    “Only funded candidates can continue in any meaningful way.”

    I hope you aren’t suggesting that most of these candidates are in anyway meaningful. I saw a recent article where it broke down the candidates position on dealing with illegal immigration. The vast majority were all about path ways to citizenship, to legalize the illegal activity. No. They weren’t serious. Being meaningful isn’t really on the agenda for most of them.

JEB is an acronym for John Elias Bush. What is up with Barbara Bush, that horrible woman who isn’t that pleasant to look at, with naming her children. Is there a one who is called by his given name?

if there was any justice in the world Jeb! would drop out…

alas, he’s the family moron, and the GOPe’s great white hope for losing the 2016 election.

There are several there that are too stupid to know when to quit.

    Grahamnesty definitely fits that description.

    cantor4massat4 in reply to dunce1239. | September 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    It may not be stupidity as much as arrogance and egotism. I have to believe that Dr. Carson is not the least bit humble since he has absolutely no experience and is running for the highest office in the country.

I believe that JEB has been selected by the R-establishment. He could never beat wicked Hillary. The establishment has already picked the Slate. Donald Trump has messed up their plans, It could be interesting. This next election is critical.

christie then paul.
shortly after santorum, pataki, kasich and huckabee

MouseTheLuckyDog | September 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Ted Cruz

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | September 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I am playing an arbitrage game. They just said on a stupid sports show that Cruz is texting friends that he is out. I really really hope it is not true.