Politics August 31, 2016: Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

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Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

By Bonnie K. Goodman

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Three embattled incumbent members of Congress have won their respective primaries. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, primaries were held across the country for Congressional seats in the House of Representatives and Senate. In Florida, Republican Senator Marco Rubio won his primary as did Republican Arizona Senator John McCain as did Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In the Florida Senate race, Rubio won against his challenger Carlos Beruff, 72 percent to 19 percent. Most of Rubio’s GOP opponents dropped out after he decided to join the race at the wire three months after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio will be vying for his second term against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who beat out his only opponent Rep. Alan Grayson. Major points of attacks are that Rubio missed so much of his Senate term campaigning for president and has not committed to serving the next six-year term, suggesting he might consider another presidential run in 2020. Rubio’s seat is critical for the GOP to maintain control of the Senate.

In the Arizona Senate race, McCain is going for his sixth Senate term and easily defeated his opponent state Senator Kelli Ward. McCain who just turned 80 faced attacks about his age from his much younger, opponent. Ward, who is 47, and a doctor called McCain “old” and “weak” and made his age the main campaign issue implying he could die before his term ends. Republican voters, however, did not agree and chose McCain again, he will face Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November.

One of the most vulnerable Democrats, Florida Rep. Wasserman Shultz was able to win her primary against Tim Canova. Canova had the backing of Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who rightly found Wasserman Shultz working against his primary campaign. The former Democratic National Committee chairman, Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign the evening before the start of the Democratic National Convention after emails showed her bias against Sanders. The public embarrassment put her primary bid in jeopardy.

This year has not been a good one for Congressional incumbents with five, three Republicans and two Democrats already losing their reelection bids. Those that lost their primaries are “Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Randy Forbes of Virginia and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.” Among the Democrats are Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was convicted on 23 charges of corruption in June and Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who was indicted in July on 24 counts of fraud.

Politics April 10, 2016: Cruz captures all Colorado delegates was it a conspiracy to block Trump

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Cruz captures all Colorado delegates was it a conspiracy to block Trump 

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April 10, 2016 6:18 AM MST

Texas Senator Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado's delegates at after their local district and state conventions but was Cruz part of the Colorado Republican Party's plan to block Donald Trump while aligning with the Never Trump movement, April 9, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado’s delegates at after their local district and state conventions but was Cruz part of the Colorado Republican Party’s plan to block Donald Trump while aligning with the Never Trump movement, April 9, 2016
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Politics July 15, 2016: Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate

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Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16:  Donald Trump introduces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Vice Presidential running mate at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 16: Donald Trump introduces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Vice Presidential running mate at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

The worst kept secret in the 2016 presidential campaign is no longer a secret. On Friday morning, July 15, 2016, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Trump was supposed to make the formal announcement at a press conference in New York Friday morning. After the terror attacks in Nice, France on Bastille Day that killed over 80 people, Trump postponed the formal declaration until Saturday morning same time and place, 11 a.m. Trump Tower, New York City.

On Friday morning, Trump made his decision official ending a day of rampant speculation in the news media about his choice of running mate. The GOP nominee wrote, “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.”

On Thursday afternoon, July 14, the news media was already announcing that Trump chose the Indiana Governor. Pence emerged as the frontrunner from a pool of four candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions.

CNN reported late Thursday afternoon; that Trump had phone Pence offering him the post and Pence agreed. Later Pence was seen arriving in New Jersey with a police detail accompanying him. Even the Indianapolis Star reported that Pence decided to be Trump’s running mate forgoing running for re-election as Indiana’s Governor, withdrawing from that race, as the law does not permit him to do both.

Trump’s campaign, however, kept denying that the nominee chose Pence. Trump added fuel with his Fox News interview with Greta Van Susteren Thursday evening. Trump said, “I haven’t made my final, final decision. I mean, I’ve got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years. Just a fantastic person. And there’s Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it’s been great — he’s done really a fantastic job. But I haven’t made a final, final decision.”

With Pence, Trump pleases the GOP establishment, who has been reticent about the nominee and reluctant to support him. Trump is hoping to unify the party with his VP choice, a social and fiscal conservative, with experience in the House of Representatives and executive experience governing Indiana for one term. Pence has the support of the Tea Party, as well as influential donors including the Koch brother, who Trump needs in the general election, and have not yet supported his nomination.

Although Pence differed with Trump on policy during the primary opposing his Muslim ban and endorsing rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz before Indiana’s May primary, Trump won him over, with Pence praising him and vowing to help the nominee will the election in November. Pence emerged as the frontrunner this week after a rally on Tuesday, July 12, in Indiana, where the governor introduced Trump and fiercely criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton declaring she “must never become president of the United States.”

Recently, Pence praised Trump to reporters, telling them, “I think he is going to be a great president. I think he is someone who has connected with everyday Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan. I think he has spoken into the frustration and the longings of the American people as no one since the 40th president, and I think you’re going to continue to see him do that.” Trump and Pence will be formally nominated as the party’s official nominees at next week’s Republican National Convention.

Politics July 14, 2016: Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

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Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

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Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016.  / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016. / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The finale of the Donald Trump veepstakes is coming to a close. The presumptive nominee announced on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, on Twitter that he will reveal his vice presidential running mate on Friday morning, June 14 in New York City. Trump seems to have narrowed his search down to three candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening about his VP reveal, “I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.” Trump might be choosing one of the three most buzzed about possibilities or choose someone else, with Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions being a possibility. Trump told Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday about his VP list. Trump said, “I’m narrowing it down. I mean, I’m at three potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

Former GOP candidate Ben Carson says that Trump, a master showman might surprise with his VP and not choose the usual suspects. Carson is working with Trump’s campaign on vetting potential running mates. All three have tried out with Trump at recent rallies. The frontrunners have met with the nominee and are still arguing their cases to Trump. Pence is the GOP establishment’s favorite choice; he is also a safe option. Pence introduced Trump at an Indiana rally on Tuesday, July 12 further adding to speculation.

The speakers list for the GOP convention released on Thursday, July 14, might give an indication as to Trump’s choice for vice president. Christie, Gingrich, and Sessions are scheduled, but Pence is not. Another glaring omission and possible VP candidate is former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is an ardent supporter and campaign trail surrogate fueling possible speculation that Trump may opt for the veteran nominee. Trump intends to notify his candidates as to his decision on Thursday afternoon.

Politics June 20, 2016: Trump says he will win election without GOP support but hopes to unify the party

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June 20, 2016 12:04 AM MST
Donald Trump plans to become President with or without the Republican Party establishment on his side. Speaking to NBC's Hallie Jackson on the campaign trail in Las Vegas, Trump said, "It would be nice if the Republicans stuck together." But a...

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Politics June 19, 2016: Trump blames Jeb Bush for Never Trump delegate movement vows to go it alone

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June 19, 2016 1:02 PM MST

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump believes Jeb Bush is behind the delegates who want to block his nomination at the Republican National Convention in July, June 18, 2016
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Politics May 31, 2016: McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat

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Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
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Politics May 10, 2016: Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate

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May 10, 2016 1:57 AM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's running mate, May 9, 2016
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, May 9, 2016
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Politics May 5, 2016: Speaker Paul Ryan rips Trump says he is not ready to support him as GOP nominee

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May 5, 2016 10:14 PM MST

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is joining the group of Republican leaders who will not support Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, but Trump is not letting Ryan get away with his remarks, May 5, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is joining the group of Republican leaders who will not support Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, but Trump is not letting Ryan get away with his remarks, May 5, 2016
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Politics May 4, 2016: Trump presumptive GOP nominee after winning Indiana, Cruz dropping out of race

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May 4, 2016 10:03 AM MST

Republican front-runner Donald Trump became presumptive nominee Trump after a crushing victory in Indiana, which forced primary opponent Texas Senator Ted Cruz to withdraw from the race, May 3, 2016
Republican front-runner Donald Trump became presumptive nominee Trump after a crushing victory in Indiana, which forced primary opponent Texas Senator Ted Cruz to withdraw from the race, May 3, 2016
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Politics May 2, 2016: Trump would win presidential election against Clinton

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May 2, 2016 1:08 PM MST

GOP front-runner Donald Trump would win the presidential election against Hillary Clinton if it were held today, May 2, 2016
GOP front-runner Donald Trump would win the presidential election against Hillary Clinton if it were held today, May 2, 2016
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Politics April 28, 2016: Former Speaker John Boehner describes Ted Cruz as Lucifer in the flesh

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Former Speaker John Boehner describes Ted Cruz as Lucifer in the flesh

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April 28, 2016 12:30 PM MST

 Former Speaker John Boehner does not believe Texas Senator Ted Cruz should be the GOP's nominee calling him Lucifer and a son of a bitch at a town hall at Stanford University, April 27, 2016
Former Speaker John Boehner does not believe Texas Senator Ted Cruz should be the GOP’s nominee calling him Lucifer and a son of a bitch at a town hall at Stanford University, April 27, 2016
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Politics April 27, 2016: Cruz names Carly Fiorina his pick for VP running mate if GOP nominee

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Cruz names Carly Fiorina his pick for VP running mate if GOP nominee

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April 27, 2016 4:34 PM MST

On Wednesday, Ted Cruz's campaign looked like it was just about over. In an attempt to regain the momentum, Cruz announced his running mate, should he get the nomination: former HP exec Carly Fiorina. The decision to tap Fiorina on Wednesday is...

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Politics April 27, 2016: Trump sweeps Atlantic primaries crowns himself the presumptive GOP nominee

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Trump sweeps Atlantic primaries crowns himself the presumptive GOP nominee

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April 27, 2016 5:14 AM MST

 After sweeping five primaries with over 50 percent of the vote GOP front-runner, Donald Trump declares himself his party's presumptive nominee, April 26, 2016
After sweeping five primaries with over 50 percent of the vote GOP front-runner, Donald Trump declares himself his party’s presumptive nominee, April 26, 2016
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Politics April 20, 2016: Trump wins big in New York primary shuts out Cruz

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Trump wins big in New York primary shuts out Cruz

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April 20, 2016 4:10 AM MST

 Republican front-runner Donald Trump won the New York primary by a wide margin over his rivals cementing his front-runner status and shutting out his chief competition Ted Cruz, April 19, 2016
Republican front-runner Donald Trump won the New York primary by a wide margin over his rivals cementing his front-runner status and shutting out his chief competition Ted Cruz, April 19, 2016
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Politics April 19, 2016: Trump set to win New York primary by a landslide picks-up Giuliani endorsement

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Trump set to win New York primary by a landslide picks-up Giuliani endorsement

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April 19, 2016 1:42 PM MST

If the polls are right GOP front-runner Donald Trump will win the New York primary by landslide, a majority of delegates and a chance of clinching the nomination without a contested convention, April 19, 2016
If the polls are right GOP front-runner Donald Trump will win the New York primary by landslide, a majority of delegates and a chance of clinching the nomination without a contested convention, April 19, 2016
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Politics April 14, 2016: Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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April 14, 2016 4:05 PM MST

Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
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Politics April 14, 2016: Trump may be able to clinch GOP nomination with only 1100 delegates

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April 14, 2016 4:42 AM MST

 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is blaming the Republican National Committee for making it difficult for him to clinch the nomination although he leads in the delegate count, April 13, 2016
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is blaming the Republican National Committee for making it difficult for him to clinch the nomination although he leads in the delegate count, April 13, 2016
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Politics April 13, 2016: Speaker Paul Ryan makes it clear to GOP he will not accept Republican nomination

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Speaker Paul Ryan makes it clear to GOP he will not accept Republican nomination

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April 13, 2016 4:29 AM MST

 After much speculation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made it clear, he does want the Republican Party to consider him as a compromise candidate for the nomination at the GOP convention, April 12, 2016
After much speculation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made it clear, he does want the Republican Party to consider him as a compromise candidate for the nomination at the GOP convention, April 12, 2016
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Politics February 9, 2016: Fox News names Trump New Hampshire primary winner hours before polls close

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Fox News names Trump New Hampshire primary winner hours before polls close

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February 9, 2016 2:06 PM MST

 Fox News posted false data and results to the New Hampshire primary hours before the polls closed crowning Trump the winner by a landslide, Feb. 9, 2016
Fox News posted false data and results to the New Hampshire primary hours before the polls closed crowning Trump the winner by a landslide, Feb. 9, 2016
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Politics April 9, 2016: New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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New poll if Trump is not nominee GOP certain to lose election to Democrats

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April 9, 2016 12:32 PM MST

 If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
If the Republican Party prevents frontrunner Donald Trump from the nomination, they could be facing a revolt from his supporters, April 9, 2016
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Politics April 6, 2016: Cruz’s big Wisconsin win puts Trump in bind contested convention on table

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Cruz’s big Wisconsin win puts Trump in bind contested convention on table

By Bonnie K. Goodman

April 6, 2016 1:29 PM MST

 Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary challenging GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's path to the nomination and setting up a contested convention fight, April 5, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary challenging GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s path to the nomination and setting up a contested convention fight, April 5, 2016
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Politics March 26, 2016: Cruz denies National Enquirer story alleging he had five affairs blames Trump

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Cruz denies National Enquirer story alleging he had five affairs blames Trump

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March 26, 2016 10:54 PM MST

 GOP candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz is convinced that frontrunner Donald Trump is behind a tabloid story that claims he had five affairs over the course of his marriage, March 25, 2016
GOP candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz is convinced that frontrunner Donald Trump is behind a tabloid story that claims he had five affairs over the course of his marriage, March 25, 2016
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Politics March 25, 2016: Donald Trump spills the beans on Heidi Cruz and her sordid political past

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Donald Trump spills the beans on Heidi Cruz and her sordid political past 

By Bonnie K. Goodman

March 25, 2016 3:13 PM MST

 Donald Trump's campaign finally revealed the secret they had on rival Ted Cruz's wife Heidi; it was about her political connections; the news comes after a week of the two candidates slinging mud over attacks on their wives, March 25, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign finally revealed the secret they had on rival Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi; it was about her political connections; the news comes after a week of the two candidates slinging mud over attacks on their wives, March 25, 2016
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Politics March 23, 2016: Cruz and Sanders steal Western Tuesday primary spotlight from Trump and Clinton

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Cruz and Sanders steal Western Tuesday primary spotlight from Trump and Clinton

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March 23, 2016 3:26 AM MST

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders denied their party frontrunners Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton sweeps on Western Tuesday, by large margins Cruz won Utah and Sanders Utah and Idaho, March 22, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders denied their party frontrunners Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton sweeps on Western Tuesday, by large margins Cruz won Utah and Sanders Utah and Idaho, March 22, 2016
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