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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.

The Presidential Name Game: Flip-Flopping from an Early Age?

Seven US presidents and four 2012 GOP candidates are known by names other than their birth name .

Mitt Romney's Gold Star for Electability

It has been 115 years since a presidential candidate was nominated from a state without a single U.S. Representative from his own party.

Head of the Class: The Most Buzzworthy House Freshmen of the 112th Congress

Allen West, Joe Walsh, Tim Scott, and Sean Duffy are the most covered U.S. House freshmen of 2011.

Paul and Romney Lead 2012 GOP Field in Strongest Anti-Washington Rhetoric

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have levied the most attacks against the role, scope, and effectiveness of the federal government during the first four Republican debates.

Romney Only Candidate Not to Invoke Reagan at Reagan Library Debate

Reagan's name was mentioned 24 times by the GOP presidential candidates, but not once by Romney.



Political Crumbs

Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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