So, I really do depend on analysis of their performance from trusted sources on the Internet. What do I consider a trusted source?
- Someone who cites reputable sources, with links, for their argumentative points
- Someone who is upfront about their affiliations, donations, and political leanings/votes
- Someone who does not merely repeat talking points
- Someone who does not demonize or smear the opposing side
This is a relatively small group. They support different candidates, but generally will order that support on a continium - Prefer X, but Y is OK except for issue B, and Z would be terrible, because of....
That sort of reasoning, that is an assist to, but not a replacement for, keeping up generally on the candidates' progress/statements/background (verifiable).
What I read of Cruz's work on modifying/eliminating FTC regulations makes me willing to give him a second look.