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83% of Congressional Districts Trended Republican in 2010

Two years after Barack Obama and Democrats reached their electoral high point, the political pendulum swung quickly and definitively back to Republicans in 2010. It was a political “whiplash” of sorts — a swift refudiation of the way the country was moving.
Republicans reclaimed congressional districts from the New Hampshire coast to the swamps of [...]

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Your Map Guide for Poll Closings

We probably won’t know the full extent of Republican gains until Wednesday morning, but some key early races will be a good signal of what we can expect.  These races aren’t perfect bellwethers, but ones that I think have some interesting stories and color and will be watching closely tomorrow evening.
I’m a Virginian, so I’m [...]

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Foursquare to Map Out Real-Time Voter Turnout

What if you could see real-time data of voter turnout on an interactive map of your community? Well, tomorrow, the geosocial website Foursquare will make that wish a reality.
Foursquare’s “I Voted Project” will feature a map of every polling place in America synced with real-time data about the volume and gender of voters who have [...]

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Google Maps and the Best Election Resource of 2010

“I’ve used the Google to bring up maps,” George W. Bush shared in 2006. “I kinda like to look at the ranch.”  Four years later, Google Maps is still the best resource for ranch-gazing from Washington, but now the site has a fantastic new feature that will be far more valuable to those in politics [...]

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Volatility at an Historic High

If Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing, it’s that they both want “change.” Barack Obama called for it in 2008, and Republicans are calling for it now. What that “change” means is of course up for debate, but one thing’s for sure: 2010 will be the third straight change election.
Chuck Todd [...]

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Two Maps that Help Sum Up this Election Cycle

It’s tough to throw a pin on map these days and not hit an area with some kind of economic distress. So today when the Washington Post and Mint.com released maps of home foreclosures and poverty levels, respectively, it looked like just about the whole nation was facing hard times.
The first map from the [...]

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The Defense of Alaska

From the Russians to Lisa Murkowski, it’s never been easy to defend Alaska.
On this day in 1867, the Russians likely gazed across their backyard and  breathed a sigh of relief that the United States was taking over the great land mass across the Bering Straight.  Alaska had become a liability to the Russians, who feared [...]

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A Sober Oktoberfest for Feingold

If you couldn’t make it to Munich for Oktoberfest, Wisconsin is a pretty good substitute. The state has the most dedicated beer-drinking population and has won some of the most awards in the nation for its brew, and Sheboygan is America’s bratwurst capital.
Indeed, Wisconsin has some of the highest concentrations of German descendants in America, [...]

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Democrats Look to Maintain in the Mountain State

“Almost heaven, West Virginia,” sang John Denver. But if Gov. Joe Manchin loses the Senate race to businessman John Raese, West Virginia could be almost hell for the Democrats — “almost,” because they’ll likely be teetering on the edge with a 51-seat majority. Fortunately for Democrats, Republicans’ “hicky” ad and Manchin’s awesome target practice ad [...]

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Obama Launches Fire Up the Base Tour

Usually when a Philadelphia fan is throwing something, it is in contempt. Angry Philly fans lobbing snowballs at Santa Claus or chucking batteries at players come to mind. But on Sunday, a fanatic who was reportedly enamored with Barack Obama threw a book at the president with the hopes of lobbing it on [...]

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