These events from the first quarter could change the entire race.
Sen. Ted Cruz may not be a presidential front-runner, but his candidacy announcement is the biggest single-day political event so far this year.
Ascertaining the magnitude of any political development can be a head-spinning task.
A candidate surges in a poll? Bah. Horse-race numbers don’t matter this early.
A scandal erupts in Washington? Sigh. Real people in Dubuque, Iowa, aren’t paying attention. Or they don’t care.
During the first three months of the year, there have been countless events in the preliminary stage of the 2016 race for the White House. Some gobble up a few hours of cable television news and then evaporate; others fester for days or weeks, propelled by unanswered questions, additional developments or intrigue. Yet only a handful will prove to have lasting repercussions on the ultimate prize – votes.
As the campaign begins its busier second quarter, U.S. News pinpoints the four biggest events so far and why they matter most.
Jan. 24: Walker’s Iowa Speech
Even before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker landed in Iowa for the first time this year, the seeds were scattered for a breakout moment.
Randy Feenstra, a state senator from northwest Iowa, had been eyeing his neighboring state’s governor’s battle with unions and admiring his electoral stamina. So he reached out to a Walker emissary shortly after the new year to learn more.