Donald Trump Returns to Core Populist Nationalism in Last Pitch to New Hampshire Before Primaries in Packed Stadium

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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Before a packed 4,000-strong crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena here Monday evening — hours before the polls open in the first-in-the-nation primary state — Donald J. Trump, billionaire and national GOP presidential frontrunner, made his final case to the set of voters who will decide his future.
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Kasich: Jeb Taking ‘the Very Low Road to the Highest Office In The Land’

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Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” while discussing his opponent Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R-FL) negative attack ads against him, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) accused Bush of taking the “low road.” Kasich said, “I’m really disappointed in Jeb. It’s, look, I mean, he’s taken the very low road to the highest office in the land, and he’s been negative all along, but that’s okay. You know, as Arnold Schwarzenegger told me when I was running for governor the first time, ‘love the beatings.’ We’ve been positive really this — we’ve been positive this whole time and Megyn, you couldn’t believe what happened just about 45 minutes ago we had hundreds of people standing in a snowstorm with the lights in front of this old iconic country store and people are fired up and our ground game is like nothing that the people have seen and, well, Gordon Humphrey says the best ground game we’ve seen in 40 years. So, Look, i’m going to continue to be positive. I’ve done 106 town hall meetings. Our television has been good. I’m really sanguine.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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O’Reilly: Trump ‘Insurgency’ a ‘Threat to Liberal America and the Media Doesn’t Like It’

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Monday during his “Talking Points Memo” segment of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly warned more of the same to come for Republican presidential candidates facing scrutiny from the media. O’Reilly pointed to the two insurgent campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and pointed out the different approaches the media have taken in their coverage of each of them. “Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders actually have a lot in common. They are both running renegade campaigns calling for a complete overhaul of the political establishment. Yet the two candidates are being treated very differently by the press. Let’s take Mr. Trump first. I think it’s safe to say most of the establishment media despises him. Mr. Trump’s populist approach, straight talk about stopping illegal immigration, and punishing those he believes are harming America is unsettling to many liberal people.” O’Reilly went on to refer to an interview CNN’s Jake Tapper conducted with Trump, which O’Reilly suggested put Trump on the defensive. “The Trump insurgency — and that’s what it is — is a threat to liberal America and the media doesn’t like it,” he said. “On the Bernie Sanders front, things are friendlier,” O’Reilly added. “Sanders
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The South Is ‘the Wilderness’ for Kasich and Christie

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Kyle Cheney writes in Politico: MANCHESTER, N.H.— For John Kasich and Chris Christie, even the dream scenario here is followed by a monthlong nightmare. Both camps have all along banked on a strong showing in New Hampshire to provide a springboard, but even if they beat expectations Tuesday, there’s trouble ahead: a plunge immediately into a string of states inhospitable to their brand of centrist politics. Conservative South Carolina and unpredictable Nevada await, followed by the dozen, mostly Southern states that have turned March 1 into this cycle’s “super Tuesday.” The trail doesn’t get any easier until mid-March, and to survive until then, the candidates’ have a two-pronged plan: hope that neither Ted Cruz nor Donald Trump can build an insurmountable lead by consolidating the race’s outsider support, and work to pick up delegates on the margins, even in states where they have little hope of winning outright. But as they scramble to keep competitive, both camps will be haunted by their all-in investments in New Hampshire. Neither has built up a significant organization in the states that will jointly make up this cycle’s version of “super Tuesday,” and outsider observers are openly skeptical that, wherever they finish in New
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The South Is ‘the Wilderness’ for Kasich and Christie

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Kyle Cheney writes in Politico: MANCHESTER, N.H.— For John Kasich and Chris Christie, even the dream scenario here is followed by a monthlong nightmare. Both camps have all along banked on a strong showing in New Hampshire to provide a springboard, but even if they beat expectations Tuesday, there’s trouble ahead: a plunge immediately into a string of states inhospitable to their brand of centrist politics. Conservative South Carolina and unpredictable Nevada await, followed by the dozen, mostly Southern states that have turned March 1 into this cycle’s “super Tuesday.” The trail doesn’t get any easier until mid-March, and to survive until then, the candidates’ have a two-pronged plan: hope that neither Ted Cruz nor Donald Trump can build an insurmountable lead by consolidating the race’s outsider support, and work to pick up delegates on the margins, even in states where they have little hope of winning outright. But as they scramble to keep competitive, both camps will be haunted by their all-in investments in New Hampshire. Neither has built up a significant organization in the states that will jointly make up this cycle’s version of “super Tuesday,” and outsider observers are openly skeptical that, wherever they finish in New
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