What’s Next After Iowa and New Hampshire?

After the Iowa caucuses, we saw Martin O’Malley drop out of the presidential race on the Democratic ticket, leaving only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. On the Republican side of the race, we saw Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum drop out after Iowa and now we see Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina dropping out after New Hampshire, leaving Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, which is finally paring down the list.

We’ll have to see how many, if any, among the remaining Republican candidates will drop out after yesterday’s New Hampshire primary.

But what’s next for the candidates and the American people? After all, Iowa and New Hampshire get so much hype and media coverage that some people wonder what’s coming next and can’t wait for it all to end.

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Today – February 13 is the next GOP debate to be held at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina at 9pm EST. The debate will be hosted by CBS News and if the aftermath of New Hampshire is any indication, it would recommend wearing old clothes and a raincoat if you plan on attending as there may be a lot of mudslinging happening tonight, preparing for the South Carolina primary next Saturday.

Saturday February 20 is the South Carolina primary and Nevada caucus. I suspect South Carolina will get more media coverage than Nevada.

Friday February 26 ought to bring some more attention with the next GOP debate taking place in probably the most liberal big city in Texas, Houston, which is run by liberal Democrats. Fortunately, the voters in Houston were smart enough to get rid of their former lesbian mayor, Annise Parker who pushed gay privileged rights down the throats of Houston residents and illegally targeted conservative Christian pastors who stood up to defy her. I wonder if any of Houston’s liberalism will be woven into the questions the GOP candidates will be given?

Tuesday March 1 is Super Tuesday with caucuses in Alaska and Wyoming along with primaries in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont. If the GOP race is still full of presidential wannabes, the field will surely shrink after Super Tuesday. The results of Super Tuesday should also start to give us a better picture of who might end up being the GOP nomination for president.

Saturday March 5 is the day for caucuses in Kentucky and Maine, along with primaries in Kansas and Louisiana. This will be the first year Kentucky will have a caucus instead of a primary. This was done to allow Rand Paul to run for re-election for his senate seat along with running for president. Last week Paul withdrew from the presidential race, but Kentucky officials say it’s too late to change back to a primary. Local GOP leaders say they are excited about having a caucus, but I see low voter turnout. In my county, Boone, there is only one location that is only open from 10am to 4pm, instead of 6am to 6pm for all other elections. If there is a typical turnout, I suspect the lines will be long and some may get frustrated and leave before casting their vote. I know that I physically cannot stand on a hard surface for that long.

Sunday March 6 is the Puerto Rican primary that will get little coverage. I wonder how many candidates will actually travel to the US territory to campaign?

Wednesday March 9 is another Democratic debate in Florida between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Thursday March 10 is a GOP debate also in Florida. By know the field should be much smaller.

Tuesday March 15 is the primaries in North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio. It’s also the Republican caucus in the US territory Northern Mariana Islands. Next to Super Tuesday, this could be one of the most important primary days. Florida, Illinois and Ohio are key states presidential elections and these three primaries could indicate the pulse of the elections at this stage of the game and possibly force any GOP stragglers to drop out.

Tuesday March 22 is the day for the primaries in Arizona and another US territory, America Samoa. It’s also the day for caucuses in Utah.

Friday April 1 is the North Dakota primary.

Wednesday April 5 is the Wisconsin primary.

Tuesday April 19 is the New York.

Tuesday April 26 we have what I call the ‘colonial block’ of primaries encompassing Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island primaries.

Tuesday May 3 is the Indiana primary.

Tuesday May 10 is the Nebraska primary.

Tuesday May 17 is the Oregon primary.

Wednesday May 18 sees primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota. California is always an important primary but understand that the state is largely controlled by liberals. The New Jersey primary begs the question of will Chris Christie still be in the running by then. This also marks the end of the primaries and caucuses.

Monday July 18 thru Friday July 22 is the Republican National Convention which will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. I find it ironic and curious that Cleveland was selected for the GOP Convention when it voted so heavily Democratic in the last two presidential elections. In fact, I still believe there was massive voter fraud occurring in Cleveland in the 2012 election when 149 of the 1077 precincts reported 100% of the votes going to Barack Obama. Come on, what are the odds of that actually happening?

Monday July 25 thru Friday July 29 is the Democratic National Convention which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Will it be Hillary or Bernie? I’m hoping it’s Bernie because I believe whoever the GOP candidate is, has a better chance of beating Bernie than beating Hillary.

Finally, the General Election is to be held on Tuesday November 1- Will we have at least four more years of Obama-type government under a Hillary administration, four years of outwardly socialist government under a Bernie administration four years of insults, ridicule, estrangement from the rest of the world and lawsuits under four years of Trump, or four years of more conservative government under one of the other Republicans currently running?

Unfortunately, we have to endure eight more months of media hype and lies along with political commercials until we finally find out the results. If you’re like me, I can’t wait for it to all be over and the commercials to end.



Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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