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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Donald Trump maintains a strong lead over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Florida Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 40 percent supported Trump while 24 percent supported Rubio. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 19 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich polled at 5 percent.

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Donald Trump maintains a modest lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Ohio Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 41 percent supported Trump while 35 percent supported Kasich. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 15 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio polled at 7 percent.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that judging by the state of the Republican presidential primary, Ronald Reagan himself would not be able to win the nomination.

"If Ronald Reagan were alive today seeking the nomination he could no more get the nomination of the Republican party than I could," Biden said in a question and answer session following a meeting with the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. "I'm not joking. What you see is this movement to the extreme in the Republican party."

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Tuesday accused Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign of carrying out more "dirty tricks" in the Republican presidential primary.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant on MSNBC said that Cruz's campaign tried to "undermine" Rubio by sending an email to voters in Hawaii highlighting a CNN report that some of Rubio's advisers were telling the Florida senator to get out of the race ahead of the Florida primary. The Rubio campaign has denied the CNN report.

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The Fox News town hall on Monday night with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton began as an attempt to set up a one-on-one debate between Sanders and Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on Tuesday morning.

Sanders agreed to the debate and the Trump campaign was interested in pursuing the debate at first, according to the Times. But Trump ultimately pulled out of the debate, citing scheduling conflicts, according to the Times.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning addressed a new routine he's introduced at rallies where he asks attendees to raise their right hands and pledge to vote for him, saying he didn't realize that some were offended by the gesture.

The former head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, called the pledge a "fascist gesture" and compared it to a Nazi salute. During an interview on NBC's "Today," co-host Savannah Guthrie told Trump about Foxman's comments and asked whether Trump would continue with the pledge.

"Well, I think it’s ridiculous. We’re having such a great time. Yesterday, I had 20,000 people in Mississippi. I had tremendous crowds in Michigan. And sometimes we’ll do it for fun, and they’ll start screaming at me, ‘Do the swear-in! Do the swear-in!’ They’re having such a great time," Trump said in response. "Honestly, until this phone call, I didn’t know it was a problem."

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Mitt Romney has recorded a robocall that will go out to voters in four states on behalf of Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign, but the former Republican presidential nominee avoids endorsing the Florida senator, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The Washington Post confirmed that Romney recorded a message for the Rubio campaign, which will be sent to voters in the four states voting on Tuesday: Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho, and Hawaii.

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Mitt Romney's last ditch effort last week to urge Republican voters not support the current frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump, had little impact on the real estate mogul's supporters, according to a Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday morning.

And what impact it did have seems to have been the opposite of what Romney intended.

Among Republican voters, 31 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump following Romney's speech, while 20 percent said they were less likely to vote for Trump. Among those voters who already supported the Republican presidential candidate, 56 percent said they were more likely to vote for him, while just 5 percent said they were less likely to vote for Trump.

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Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote in a column more than 20 years ago that gay people are "degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Bradley made the comments in columns she wrote for the Marquette Tribune in 1992 as a student. The columns were surfaced Monday by progressive activist group One Wisconsin Now.

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Former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Monday morning said that given his speech opposing Donald Trump last week, Mitt Romney has not positioned himself to become the nominee at a contested convention.

"Look, I think if Mitt had really wanted to maneuver for the nomination, he wouldn't have given the speech he gave last week," Gingrich said on "Fox and Friends," referencing a Sunday interview in which Romney dodged a question about whether he would accept requests to become the nominee at a contested convention.

Gingrich said that Romney's speech was "so harsh and so intense" that he would be "unacceptable" as the nominee to Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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