December 31, 2015 - Matching her dominance in poll numbers, former Secretary State of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign buttons are the best sellers of 2015.
According to Chris Daniels of campaingbuttons-etc , Clinton campaign buttons when compared with all 5 Democrats and all 17 Republicans running for the White House in 2016 accounted for 18.2% of sales for the year. Clinton's closest competitor and no stranger to retail merchandising himself, is New York Businessman Donald Trump with sales of campaign buttons of 12.5%. Trump is followed surprisingly by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 8.1%. While current national polling has Bush is low single digits, the percentage of campaign button sold indicates that Bush may be doing better than is actually be reflected in potential voter surveys.
Campaign buttons for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey registered sales of 5.3% followed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 4.7% and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas , Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Dr. Ben Carson all with 4.6%. Former CEO Carly Fiorina accounted for sales of 4.2%.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had sales of 3.5% followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 3.2%. Ohio Governor John Kasich campaign buttons accounted for sales of 2.9% followed by former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina all with 2.6%. Louisianan Governor Bobby Jindal clocks in at 2.5% followed by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley with 2.4%. Next up is former Texas Governor Rick Perry with 2.2% of campaign buttons sales.
Having campaign button sales figures as anemic as their actual polls numbers are former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia at 1.4%, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee with 1.3% , former New York Governor George Pataki with 1.2% and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore at 0.7%.
In comparing sales just among Democrats , Hillary Clinton campaign buttons accounted for 64% followed by Sanders at 16% , O'Malley 8.6% , Webb 5.2% and Chafee 4.9%.
Measuring their strength of sales just among Republicans, Trump led the field with 18.2% followed by Bush at 11.8%. Compared to other GOP White House hopefuls Christie campaign buttons accounted for 7.7% followed by Rubio at 6.9%, Cruz and Carson 6.7% , Fiorina 6.2 % and Paul at 5.1%.
Long since departed from the race , Walker campaign buttons registered 4.6% of sales followed by Kasich at 4.3%, Graham at 3.9% and Santorum and Huckabee both at 3.7%.
Rounding out the campaign buttons sales figures for Republican presidential candidates was Jindal at 3.6%, Perry 3.2%, Pataki 1.7% and Gilmore at 1.1%.
December 29, 2015 - Former New York Governor George Pataki has ended his race for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. Despite having severed three terms as governor of the "Empire" state , Pataki's campaign had struggled to gain any support or standing in the polls.
Regularly registering at 1% or less , Pataki never made the main debate stage in the 5 presidential debates held between August and December of 2015. Because he had garnered so little support its unclear what impact Pataki's exit will have on the remaining 12 candidates battling for the GOP nomination.
December 21, 2015 - Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina ended his presidential bid today for the 2016 Republican nomination. Graham's campaign had struggled from the start with consistently polling in the single digits.
In a video address to his supports the third term senator said "while we have run a campaign that has made a real difference, I have concluded this is not my time."
Senator John McCain of Arizona who is a close friend of Graham said " republicans have lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate not to mention the candidate with the best sense of humor."
December 20, 2015 - As the first voting of the 2016 presidential primary is now just a short six weeks away , Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has a solid lead in Iowa while New York Businessman Donald Trump is firmly in control in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.
In Iowa Cruz has the support of 40% , followed by Trump at 31%. In third place is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 12% followed by Dr. Ben Carson with 6%.
After those four GOP White House hopefuls its a sharp drop off with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush , Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky , former CEO Carly Fiorina and former Governor Mike Huckabee all knotted up at 2% each.
At 1% of support is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie , Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Showing zero support are Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York Governor George Pataki and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
While Iowa at the moment appears to be a three person race , in New Hampshire the argument can be made that four candidates have a shot at winning the Granite State's presidential primary.
Trump has the support of 32% followed by a distance Cruz at 14% , Rubio at 13% and Christie at 11%. In fifth place is Kasich at 8% followed by Bush at 6%. Tied at 5% each are Carson and Paul followed by Fiorina at 4%.
Scoring zero percent in New Hampshire are Pataki, Huckabee, Graham, Santorum and Gilmore.
In South Carolina Trump has the support of 38% followed by second place finisher Cruz at 23%. Rubio is at 12% followed by Carson at 9%.
Bush is up next with 7% followed by Paul at 4% Kasich with 2%. At 1% each are Graham , Christie, Huckabee and Fiorina. Registering zero percent of support in South Carolina are Santorum , Pataki and Gilmore
December 14, 2016 - A new poll on the Iowa Caucuses shows that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas as rocketed to a 10 point lead over national Republican front runner New York Businessman Donald Trump.
Cruz has the support of 31% followed by 21% for Trump. In third place is Dr. Ben Carson with 13%. Not to long ago it had been Carson who had been challenging Trump for the lead in Iowa.
In fourth place is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 10% , followed by his one time mentor former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 6%.
In a three way tie for sixth place with 3% each is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
At 2% is Ohio Governor John Kasich followed by former CEO Carly Fiorina and former Senator Rick Santorum at 1% each.
Scoring zero percent in the poll are Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former New York Governor George Pataki.
This week on December 15 will see the final Republican presidential debate of the year. The Iowa Caucus is scheduled for Monday February 1, 2016.