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Why Female Trump Voters Think He'll Widen the GOP Tent

Trump greets supporters after a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C, on Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Republican establishment, after his three Tuesday night wins, continues to fret that Donald Trump is costing the party support among the demographics it most needs to court: Hispanics and women. And the candidate's behavior at a rally here Wednesday night — his second in the state this week — didn't give them any reason to feel comfortable with the idea of him becoming the nominee. It was another exercise in eviction. "This is lots more fun than a Trump rally, right?” the GOP front-runner yelled, watching as police in the Crown Coliseum forcibly removed protesters An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday showed 60 percent of voters think Trump is hurting the GOP's image. Some conservatives echoed those concerns at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington last weekend.  

But Republican primary voters in the NBC/WSJ poll were almost evenly split about whether Trump is positive or harmful to the party. Plenty of Trump's supporters, especially women for whom the economy is more important than social issues, told Roll Call they believe Trump is actually widening the GOP tent by bringing in not just new voters, but voters who see him as more willing to negotiate than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.  

Cruz and Rubio Playing for Second Place in the SEC

Cruz arrives for a campaign rally near the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PINSON, Ala. — No journey through the Southeastern Conference footprint is complete without barbecue. And if you're in this part of Alabama, your restaurant better have photos of Bear Bryant hanging on the wall.  

It's still a ways away before the Crimson Tide takes the field again, but people in these parts are turning out for political rallies like "College Game Day" has come to Tuscaloosa.  

Democrats Bring Out Big Guns for Nevada Caucus Outreach

From left, Kaine, Titus, Huerta and Reid addressed the Democrats' pre-caucus event on Feb. 16. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — In a humble part of town far from the glitz of the Strip, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats turned out the star power Tuesday night as the party prepares for Saturday's Nevada presidential caucuses.  

Firing up the troops at the East Las Vegas Community Center, Reid headlined an event the state party billed as both a "mock caucus" training and a Latino outreach event. It featured national figures such as Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and revered Hispanic leaders such as Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez.  Local Democratic officeholders also spoke.  

In Iowa, Fight Over Democratic Votes Might Linger

Sanders greets supporters on the rope line at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Has the Hanging Chad become the Hung-Up App?  

In 2000, the site of poll workers evaluating whether "hanging chads" from paper ballots would be counted in the Florida presidential contest became a defining metaphor for the closeness of the election of George W. Bush over Al Gore.  

Quiz: How Many Past Iowa Caucus Winners Can You Name?

A volunteer moves yard signs in Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

Iowans head to their caucus sites Monday evening while the rest of the country — and world — has nothing to do but await the results. While you do that, test your knowledge of Iowa races past.  

Trump Plays Veterans Trump Card

Santorum, left, and Huckabee, right, attended the rally that Trump, center, held after they finished their undercard debate. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Donald Trump's veterans' rally at Drake University started with a stark admission from the GOP front-runner: "I didn't want to be here. I have to be honest with you."  

The sentiment didn't seem to dampen the crowd's enthusiasm, which waited several hours in line in the cold and a couple before the candidate took the stage on Thursday to launch into a relatively standard stump speech -- the trade deficit, foreign policy, etc. --  that wove in nods to veterans' sacrifices.  

Biden Touts Resume, but Doesn't Tip His Hand

Biden appeared at a forum examining Mondale's tenure as vice president. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden uttered nary a word about seeking the Democratic nomination for president during a Tuesday morning forum, but he trumpeted several key parts of his resume that could set him apart from the field.

Biden was on stage for about an hour at George Washington University, less than one mile from the Oval Office. A capacity crowd filled a GWU auditorium in anticipation for what one audience member was heard describing as “the big announcement.”

Crowded Presidential Field Pushes Congressional Races Out of Limelight

Ayotte speaks with local media outlets as she arrives for a tour of Mikrolar Inc., a robotics company in Hampton, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Members of Congress running for re-election in early presidential states are learning a lesson: It's hard to get attention when the circus is in town.  

Over the five-week August recess, an opportunity for members to spend time at home to connect with constituents, members like GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte have had the unique challenge of fighting for voters' attention as 17 Republican and five Democratic candidates traipsed through her turf.  

Hassan Waits to Choose Her Adventure in New Hampshire

Hassan is Democrats' top pick to run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2016, but the governor is keeping her plans close to her chest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

DOVER, N.H. — Gov. Maggie Hassan stands in front of a green screen. To her left, a stick-on motif on the wall prompts her to "Choose Your Adventure Here."  

While Hassan is merely exploring one of the exhibits at the New Hampshire Children's Museum during a state Executive Council breakfast in Dover on Aug. 26, it is a timely coincidence as the clocks ticks down for her to decide which statewide office to seek next year.  

In New Hampshire, Frank Guinta Soldiers On Amid Controversy

Guinta speaks during a business roundtable discussion on cyber security at Jenaly Technology in Portsmouth, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Embattled GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta may be one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country, but you wouldn’t know it if you spent time with the Republican congressman in his district.  

Instead of hiding out, Guinta's had an active August recess, hosting town halls and visiting businesses in his southeastern New Hampshire-based 1st District as if the controversy swirling around him over campaign violations did not exist.