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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


Articles by Ralph Z. Hallow

By the time California and three other states count their votes from the last four primaries June 7, Donald Trump will be 74 or so delegates short of the 1,237 majority needed for the nomination, the analysis shows. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to storm convention just shy of delegate threshold for nomination

Donald Trump is on track to hand the Republican establishment an unprecedented defeat at the national convention in July, despite being outspent 3-1 by party leaders and their associates in their all-out effort to turn primary and caucus voters against him, according to a state-by-state delegate allocation analysis by The Washington Times. Published March 9, 2016

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Top Koch Brothers operative joins Marco Rubio's campaign

The presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio got a boost Tuesday when a top Koch Brothers operative joined the team, the latest move is a series indicating that the party establishment is coalescing around the Florida senator. Published February 23, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may need to refashion himself and his campaign to hold on to his front-runner status after the Iowa caucuses. (Associated Press)

Iowa loss adds to Donald Trump's convention nomination burden

The specter of a brokered GOP convention, dreaded by the party's establishment, became more plausible after Monday's Iowa caucuses, part of the double whammy dealt to Donald Trump by his disappointing four-percentage point loss to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Published February 2, 2016

Establishment Republican leaders already are working to deny Donald Trump the nomination. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump, Republican establishment headed for convention showdown

NEWS ANALYSIS: Donald Trump is on track to storm into July just shy of the majority of delegates needed to win the Republican Party's presidential nomination, rolling into the national convention in Cleveland slightly ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Washington Times. Published January 10, 2016

Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and electoral neophyte, said litmus tests don't work but then described the litmus test he would use by carefully evaluating the judicial records of potential nominees to ensure they wouldn't deviate from the original intent or meaning of the Constitution and laws. (Associated Press)

As Supreme Court hangs in balance, conservatives yearn for specifics from 2016 field

NEWS ANALYSIS: Deeply disappointed by the summer's rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare, conservatives see the presidential election next year as a watershed not only for control of the Supreme Court but also an entire federal judiciary that has been tilted leftward by President Obama's nominees. Published November 10, 2015

Some pollsters and activists think Donald Trump's lasering in on the economy and his perceived competence in creating jobs will appeal to the one segment of Hispanics that matters most in elections: those who work and tend to vote. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals

ANALYSIS: To hear political pundits tell it, Donald Trump has little chance to attract enough Hispanic voters to win the presidency in 2016 because of his plans to build a border wall and deport all illegal immigrants in America. Some pollsters and activists who have whipped up past Hispanic support for Republicans, however, see it differently. Published November 3, 2015

Ben Ginsberg, a former Republican National Committee general counsel, has been despised by many conservatives for his role in getting delegates to the 2012 GOP nominating convention to adopt new rules that made it easier for the nominee, Mitt Romney, to win. His role in the meeting Sunday evening only further agitated those conservatives. (Associated Press)

Republican campaigns huddle at secret meeting to discuss debate concerns

Republican presidential campaign aides huddled Sunday night at a suburban Washington hotel to discuss frustration with the televised debates, as the Republican National Committee shuffled its staff to insert more senior oversight into the process, The Washington Times has learned. Published November 1, 2015

How the GOP gets to the final four

With the Governors Club members Scott Walker and Rick Perry gone, the bloated Republican presidential field is showing the inevitable signs of radical shrinkage by year's end, with donors' reluctance to bet on long shots. Published September 30, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker made the hard decision last month to fork over $40,000 from his shrinking campaign coffers to the South Carolina GOP to ensure he would have a spot on that state's crucial primary. The fateful decision proved a fitting symbol for a steep price of admission that Mr. Walker ultimately could not afford. (Associated Press)

It got this bad: Scott Walker sunk by $40,000 payout he couldn't afford

His nascent presidential bid struggling to capture popularity and fresh dollars, Gov. Scott Walker made the hard decision last month to fork over $40,000 from his shrinking campaign coffers to the South Carolina GOP to ensure he would have a spot on that state's crucial primary. Published September 22, 2015

Carly Fiorina's hard-fought addition to the CNN debate main stage after being shunned in the August debate held by Fox News was on the minds of many of the women The Times interviewed. (Associated Press)

What women want from their next presidential nominee

NEWS ANALYSIS: About a decade ago, the actor Mel Gibson starred in a romantic comedy where he portrayed a businessman who emerges from an accident with the uncanny ability to hear what women think. Published September 16, 2015