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Why is Mitt Romney Feeling Blue? Candidate Necktie Colors at the GOP Debates

Romney has worn a blue tie in 17 of 18 presidential debates; his opponents usually wear red and Gingrich has not worn a blue tie once.

Gingrich Remains Go-To Candidate for Opening Question in GOP Debates

The former House Speaker has received the moderator's first question in six of the last seven debates.

Romney Speaks 8+ Minutes More than Closest Rival at SC Debate

FOX gives the GOP frontrunner 8 minutes and 23 seconds more speaking time than his closest competitor - the largest gap in the debates thus far.

Does Rick Santorum Have a Blinking Problem?

Santorum blinks while speaking at more than twice the rate of the rest of the GOP field.

Romney Notches 30 Percent of Speaking Time in Weekend's New Hampshire Debates

The GOP frontrunner doubles up on Paul, Gingrich, and Huntsman and triples the speaking time of Perry.

The Top Five Smart Politics Reports of 2011

A look back at some of the most illuminating and controversial of the 200+ Smart Politics reports published this year.

Punditry Quotes of the Week: Ron Paul Edition

What the media said about Congressman Paul after his Sioux City, Iowa debate performance.

FOX News Moderators Insert Themselves at GOP Debates More Than Any Other Outlet

FOX moderators have averaged a 40 percent larger share of speaking time compared to moderators at the other eight debates since September.

Gingrich Has Most Sand in FOX News' Iowa Debate Hourglass

Former House Speaker receives more than one-fifth of the speaking time, edging Romney and Paul and doubling up on Perry.

ABC Grants Romney More than Twice as Much Speaking Time as Ron Paul in Iowa Debate

Romney doubles up on Ron Paul once again and speaks more than moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos combined.

Snubbed Again: Ron Paul Surges in Iowa and the Media Yawns

Despite rising to 2nd in the new Des Moines Register survey, Paul gets just 5 percent of coverage in reporting on the poll - the same as Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann.

Covering the Anti-Romney: A Five-Month Week-by-Week Media Analysis of the GOP Field

Mitt Romney has been mentioned in the most broadcast reports among the Republican field for just four of the last 22 weeks.

CNN Rewards Gingrich's Frontrunner Status with Most Speaking Time at DC Debate

Romney cedes the top spot in speaking time at a debate for the first time since the September 12th gathering in Tampa, Florida.

Untouchable: Is the GOP Field Afraid to Criticize Newt Gingrich in Debates?

The former House Speaker is the only candidate yet to be attacked at the seven debates conducted since Rick Perry joined the GOP field.

It's the Mitt Show: Grossly Unequal Distribution of Face Time Continues at GOP Debates

Romney scores 5+ minutes more speaking time in Michigan than the next closest candidate and has recorded more time than Paul and Santorum combined during the last five debates.

Did Michele Bachmann Coin the Phrase "Frugal Socialists?"

The phrase has appeared sporadically in the media in various political contexts over the last few decades.

Herman Cain in His Own Words: A Smart Politics Exclusive 'Interview'

Smart Politics asks the tough questions, and Herman Cain answers them... entirely with unedited quotes from his Republican debate performances.

The 'Other' NRA: Media Coverage of National Restaurant Association Skyrockets

Cain's old trade organization has received more broadcast media coverage during the last two days than from 2007 through 2010 combined.

Nevada Debate: Tempers Flare with Anderson Cooper's Laissez-Faire

The ratio of candidates-to-moderator speaking time Tuesday was the largest among the last four debates.

Fight Club: Intra-party Punches Thrown at the GOP Presidential Debates

Huntsman and Santorum have delivered the most verbal attacks; Perry has received twice as many blows as Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, and Santorum combined.

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Political Crumbs

Strike Three for Miller-Meeks

Iowa Republicans had a banner day on November 4th, picking up both a U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat, but Mariannette Miller-Meeks' defeat in her third attempt to oust Democrat Dave Loebsack in the 2nd CD means the GOP will not have a monopoly on the state's congressional delegation in the 114th Congress. The loss by Miller-Meeks (following up her defeats in 2008 and 2010) means major party nominees who lost their first two Iowa U.S. House races are now 0 for 10 the third time around in Iowa history. Miller-Meeks joins Democrat William Leffingwell (1858, 1868, 1870), Democrat Anthony Van Wagenen (1894, 1912 (special), 1912), Democrat James Murtagh (1906, 1914, 1916), Democrat Clair Williams (1944, 1946, 1952), Democrat Steven Carter (1948, 1950, 1956), Republican Don Mahon (1966, 1968, 1970), Republican Tom Riley (1968, 1974, 1976), Democrat Eric Tabor (1986, 1988, 1990), and Democrat Bill Gluba (1982, 1988, 2004) on the Hawkeye State's Three Strikes list.


Larry Pressler Wins the Silver

Larry Pressler may have fallen short in his long-shot, underfunded, and understaffed bid to return to the nation's upper legislative chamber, but he did end up notching the best showing for a non-major party South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate in more than 90 years. Pressler won 17.1 percent of the vote which is the best showing for an independent or third party U.S. Senate candidate in the state since 1920 when non-partisan candidate Tom Ayres won 24.1 percent in a race won by Republican Peter Norbeck. Overall, Pressler's 17.1 percent is good for the second best mark for a non-major party candidate across the 35 U.S. Senate contests in South Dakota history. Independent and third party candidates have appeared on the South Dakota U.S. Senate ballot just 25 times over the last century and only three have reached double digits: Pressler in 2014 and Ayres in 1920 and 1924 (12.1 percent). Pressler's defeat means he won't become the oldest candidate elected to the chamber in South Dakota history nor notch the record for the longest gap in service in the direct election era.


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