The Wall Street Journal- Washington Wire: Terrorist Attacks Reshuffle GOP’s Presidential Race

by Patrick O'Connor | December 08, 2015
The terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have reshuffled the Republicans’ presidential primary, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the front-runner, Donald Trump.
The terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have reshuffled the Republicans’ presidential primary, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the front-runner, Donald Trump.
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Mr. Trump outpaces his rivals in New Hampshire and South Carolina on the question of which candidate Republican primary voters trust most to deal with the issue of national security, according to surveys taken earlier this month by Harper Polling for Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), a group formed to promote foreign policy in the 2016 race.

Iowa is the only state where Mr. Trump trails one of his rivals on the national-security question, according to the Harper Polling surveys. 
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The bigger takeaway is that foreign policy has become the dominant issue for Republicans in all three states, outpacing debt and spending issues, health care and jobs and the economy, according to Harper Polling. “The race is all national security now,” said Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling. “With the field very much in flux, the issue could reshuffle the deck in short order.”
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“The candidate seen as most credible on national security and terrorism will likely be the nominee,” Mr. McCleary said. “These polls foreshadow opportunities for Cruz to surge in Iowa and for Bush and Christie, a path back to the big leagues.”
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