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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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Swing States of America: Candidate Tracker and News, July 24

Posted on May 11, 2012

POTUS analysts report that there may only be five true battleground states this election: Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina. However, if large numbers of Latinos register to vote, new swing states could emerge. In other news, as only 6 percent of voters are still undecided, the candidates' campaigns spend a whopping $400 on each such voter. 

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Primaries Spotlight Sharp Decline in U.S. House Moderates

Posted on May 08, 2012

On April 24, two moderate Blue Dog Democrats, Tim Holden and Jason Altmire, lost in Pennsylvania's primary election. They are the latest examples of an accelerating  "no-more-moderates" trend within both major parties. But fair representation of the left, right and center is essential to the health of a democracy. Grounded in its unique the-rules-matter perspective, FairVote explores how winner-take-all voting rules today disadvantage candidates willing to seek bipartisan solutions to problems.

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French Elections: Preview of May 6 Runoff

Posted on May 04, 2012

The French presidential election of 2012 is the 10th presidential election in the 5th Republic and the 9th election by direct universal suffrage. The winner will serve a term of five years. The first round was held on April 22 and the runoff will take place on Sunday, May 6.

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France Elects a New President: Analysis and Five Notable Facts

Posted on May 04, 2012

France elected a new president on May 6 in a majority runoff in which Francois Hollande defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. FairVote's director and FairVote intern Huseyin Koyuncu, a French student from Sciences Po, report on the election and five notable facts about how France votes.

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