Midnight In The Desert — GOP

7 things you need to know about a contested convention

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7 things you need to know about a contested convention

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivered a promised victory in Ohio on Tuesday, edging out Donald Trump and sending the Republican Party further down the path to a contested convention this summer. Despite winning Florida, the biggest prize of the night, Trump would not at his current, front-running rate, win the 1,237 delegates required to lock up the GOP bid by the end of the primary calendar in June. That means the party would arrive for its July convention without a presumptive nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan challenged the incumbent President Gerald Ford in 1976. The prospect of...

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The GOP Has a Tech Talent Problem It Might Not Solve

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The GOP Has a Tech Talent Problem It Might Not Solve

Scott Walker's withdrawal from the 2016 presidential race last month was tough on staffers like Matt Oczkowski—as it turns out, tougher than he thought. Back in July, Walker looked like a GOP frontrunner. Knowing how critical tech was to President Obama’s 2012 re-election, the Walker campaign invested early in tech and digital talent. It hired people like Mark Stephenson, one of the Republican Party’s top data scientists, to be the campaign’s data director. Darren Bolding, a tech veteran-turned political operative, became its chief technology officer. And Oczkowski, who ran the governor’s digital strategy for his re-election campaign in Wisconsin, was...

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