REPUBLICANS

Republicans Prepare for Super Tuesday

Candidates get equal time on NBC thanks to Trump and SNL.

Nov. 24, 2015, 8:02 a.m.

“While the Feb­ru­ary states — Iowa, New Hamp­shire, South Car­o­lina and Nevada — are ex­pec­ted to set the tone and win­now the field, Su­per Tues­day will ar­rive like a thun­der­clap, prob­ably de­term­in­ing which can­did­ates will sur­vive for what could be a pro­trac­ted battle for the nom­in­a­tion.”

“For cent­rist Re­pub­lic­ans such as” Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), “the aim may not be so much sweep­ing Su­per Tues­day as sur­viv­ing it. After March 1, the cal­en­dar turns more to their lik­ing, with a num­ber of win­ner-take-all states in less-con­ser­vat­ive re­gions where sub­urb­an, busi­ness-friendly Re­pub­lic­ans may mat­ter more than evan­gel­ic­als and tea party act­iv­ists.”

For real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R) and re­tired neurosur­geon Ben Car­son (R), “the polit­ic­al out­siders who have dom­in­ated the race for months, Su­per Tues­day has long been seen by party op­er­at­ives as the turn­ing point when one of them could surge.”

“Se­cur­ing the nom­in­a­tion is a mat­ter of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing del­eg­ates, and ex­po­nen­tially more are up for grabs on March 1 — 595 total — than in the four early-vot­ing states, which to­geth­er have 133 del­eg­ates, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures provided by the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

EQUAL TIME. Kasich, former Arkan­sas Gov. Mike Hucka­bee (R), former Vir­gin­ia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R), and Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-SC) “will each be giv­en 12-minutes-worth of ad­vert­ising time on 18 NBC af­fil­i­ate sta­tions in Iowa, New Hamp­shire, and South Car­o­lina. The ads will air dur­ing prime­time hours on Novem­ber 27 and 28, as well as dur­ing ‘Sat­urday Night Live’ on Novem­ber 2.”

Former New York Gov. George Pa­taki (R) turned down NBC’s equal time of­fer and a spokes­man said that they are still in dis­cus­sion with NBC. (CNN)

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