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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.

Gingrich's Long Hiatus from Political Office Would Make Presidential History

"President Gingrich" would own the largest gap on record between his last day serving in political office and Inauguration Day.

Staging the GOP Debates: Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit (In the Polls)

The most common neighbors on the Republican debate stage have been Perry/Romney, Perry/Paul, and Gingrich/Santorum.

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.

Which State's US Senators are Drawn from the House at the Highest Rate?

Hawaii, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut dip into the US House the most frequently; Alaska, Oregon, Wyoming, Florida, and Nebraska the least.

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.

50 State GOP Fundraising Scorecard: Romney 36, Perry 6, Paul 5, Pawlenty 2, Johnson 1

Statewide large donor contribution leaders for the cycle to date currently spread across five candidates in the Republican field.

Study: Faint Praise for Obama in U.S. House After Qaddafi's Death

Only six House Democrats and one Republican issue press releases crediting Obama in ending the Libyan dictator's regime.

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.

Tables Turned: GOP Field Outraising Obama in Several Battleground States

Republican candidates are raising more large donor money than Obama in 11 states won by the President in 2008; Obama outraised the GOP field in eight of these states that cycle.

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.

Equal Time? Romney Records One Quarter of Face Time at New Hampshire Debate

Romney received 25 percent of the speaking time at Tuesday's debate - nearly twice the time of most candidates and nearly three times the amount of Huntsman and Santorum.

Right-to-Work: Red Meat in Red States?

17 of the nation's 22 right-to-work states were carried by John McCain.

Number of 2012 Presidential Candidates Approaches 250

From Dorothy Adams of Donna, Texas to William Zollinger of Eugene, Oregon, 239 Americans have filed for a presidential run, with dozens more added each month.

Rick Perry: My Kingdom for a Typewriter?

Perry is the only major presidential candidate to hand write his Statement of Candidacy to the FEC.

Ron Paul Raising Money at Twice the Rate of 2008 Campaign

Paul is netting $80K per day this cycle compared to $40K per day at this point four years ago.

Anatomy of a Non-Candidacy: Media Coverage of Christie, Palin, and Giuliani in 2011

Despite a recent surge in attention on the New Jersey governor, Palin coverage has outpaced that of Christie for 35 of 39 weeks this year.

Herman Cain Media Coverage Quintuples after Florida Straw Poll Win

Cain eclipses Bachmann in media coverage for the first time since she entered the race.

The Cliché King: Rick Perry's Verbal Crutches at the GOP Debates

Perry has used nearly twice as many classic political clichés in the Republican debates than all other candidates combined.



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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