Reports



Texas' congressional elections near bottom in FairVote's Democracy Index

Posted on June 01, 2012

This week's primaries in Texas represented the best chance for voters to affect their U.S. House representation prior to the November election. However, voters in most races did not have the chance to cast a meaningful ballot, as ten incumbents didn't face a primary challenger and all but one incumbent won by a landslide. 

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Presidential Tracker and State Strategy: June 28

Posted on June 01, 2012

The latest news on the POTUS 2012 campaign trail: Barack Obama prepares for his own swing state bus tour; Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania could be the three key swing states to win; Obama enjoys an advantage among Latinos, which could give him a lead in swing states.

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Swing States of America: Candidate Tracker and News, July 3

Posted on June 01, 2012

Is Florida the state to win? Did Obama's trip to Colorodo hurt or help his re-election bid? Plus: the states whose residents contribute the most money to campaigns are getting the least bang for their buck as Obama and Romney continue to target their ad spending in battleground states.

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Presidential Tracker: The Orphaned States of America

Posted on May 15, 2012

Two weeks ago, voters in South Carolina looked on as President Obama passed them by once again. Since coming into office in 2008, the president has held 18 events in North Carolina, yet has not once held any sort of event in South Carolina. Geographically, religiously, and historically, the Carolinas are quite similar. The big difference: In 2008, President Obama won North Carolina with 49.9%, but lost South Carolina with 44.9%.That modest difference means everything given the way states currently cast their electoral votes.

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Swing States of America: Candidate Tracker and News, July 17

Posted on May 15, 2012

Obama and Romney visit swing states Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, to bash one another's economic policies. Furthermore, analysts identify Virginia as the most crucial swing state this election and some predict that Obama can win its Electoral College votes. 

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Swing States of America: Candidate Tracker and News, July 20

Posted on May 15, 2012

Obama and Romney cancel campaign events in swing states Florida and New Hampshire, respectively, to address last night's tragic Colorado shooting; polls show that the candidates are deadlocked in battleground states at 46 percent apiece; a high turnout of African American voters could turn the tables in Obama's favor.

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Look to Election Rules to Reverse Decline of Political Center

Posted on May 11, 2012

U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Kent Conrad (R-ND) share a history of bipartisan policymaking -- and the reality that they are leaving Congress. With its "the-rules-matter" perspective, FairVote explores the way in which our winner-take-all voting system disadvantages centrist candidates and discourages bipartisanship.

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