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Obama Approval Rating Drops in 49 States

Dick Cheney and Barack Obama couldn’t be further apart, and so it’s no surprise that their home states of Wyoming and Hawaii gave the president the lowest and highest approval ratings, respectively, in the first half of 2010 as measured by Gallup.
Obama’s approval rating dropped in both states from this point in 2009 — albeit [...]

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Does Obama Really Have a 90% Approval Rating in the Northeast?

Research 2000’s weekly polls sponsored by Daily Kos are reportedly legit, but some of the cross-tabs out yesterday have me scratching my head.  According to the survey, Barack Obama has 56% national approval rating.  OK, that’s within the realm of possibility.
But the Kos poll also says he has a 89% approval and 8% disapproval in [...]

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The Week in Political Geography: Land of Lincoln

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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The Week in Political Geography:

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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Defining Northern Virginia’s Boundaries

Mark Blumenthal has a must-read piece today about how the Virginia’s governor’s race will hinge on Northern Virginia.  This is true, but what’s up with his definition of NOVA?
Blumenthal says he uses the D.C. media market as defined by A.C. Nielsen, but anyone from VA would have trouble calling Shenandoah County “Northern Virginia.”  I’d say [...]

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McCain Looking Strong in the Northeast

New polls in New Jersey and Connecticut show John McCain tied with or leading both of his Democratic rivals in those two states. A new Rassmussen Reports survey of Garden State voters released today has McCain edging Barack Obama 43-42% and beating Hillary Clinton 45-42%. A Quinnipiac University poll of Connecticut voters [...]

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The Electoral Map Daily Compass: Who Won Texas?

The two major discussions in the electoral-map-osphere over the weekend were the debate over SurveyUSA’s 50 state polls that show both Obama and Clinton building winning geographic coalitions over McCain, and Jonathan Martin’s observation that Hillary is running strong in Scots-Irish Appalachia.
If you’re interested in SurveyUSA’s polls check out my post from Friday, complete with [...]

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John McCain Breaks Out the Map

A couple of weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani’s campaign released a series of maps suggesting he has the best shot against Hillary Clinton. The maps indicated that she would start off a base of only 18 electoral votes while Rudy would begin with 210. But, according to these maps, Hillary would start with 190 votes [...]

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