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Minnesota Poised to Set Democratic Presidential Winning Streak for Non-Southern States

A Barack Obama victory in Minnesota in 2012 will give the Gopher State the longest all-time Democratic winning streak in presidential elections outside of the south at 10 in a row.

Ann Romney Eclipses Michelle Obama in Media Coverage

The Hilary Rosen skirmish has propelled broadcast reports on Ann Romney to double those on the First Lady in April.

Santorum Ends 364-Day White House Bid

Santorum's presidential campaign lasted two months longer than Tim Pawlenty's and Rick Perry's combined.

Presidents Use the Word "Stupid" Too

World leaders, political movements, ethnic groups, and individual Americans have been singled out as being 'stupid' by U.S. Presidents over the last 170 years.

Competitive GOP Primary in Wisconsin Spurs 91% Turnout Surge from 2008

The Romney-Santorum battle rivals the Stassen-MacArthur-Dewey contest in 1948 for the most competitive cycle in the primary's 100-year history; voter turnout soars more than 90 percent from 2008.

Country Strong: Santorum Still Flexing His Muscles in Rural America

Santorum has won more than double the number of counties as the rest of the GOP field combined with Romney tallying less than one-quarter.

Wisconsin Eyes Just Fourth Plurality Winner in GOP Primary Since 1912

Republican primary and caucus victors have reached the 50 percent mark just six times in 29 contests in the 2012 cycle, down from 10 at this stage in 2008.

Will Rick Santorum Win 20 States?

If he remains in the race, Santorum will end up with the third or fourth most states ever won by a failed presidential candidate .

Wisconsin Republican Primary Results Mirror Illinois in Modern Era

The Badger and Prairie States have voted for the same Republican presidential candidate for 11 consecutive election cycles, with a victory margin differential usually within single digits between the two states

Full House: Santorum Presidency Would Have 2nd Most Children Under 18 in White House History

Only Teddy Roosevelt had more children who were under 18 years of age upon taking office - one more than a potential Rick Santorum presidency

Wisconsin, Midwest Lag in Presidential Endorsements from US Representatives

None of the five Badger State US House members have formally backed a candidate with the Midwest at a regional low rate of 36 percent.

Moments in Etch A Sketch Political History

Al Gore and Barack Obama have both been likened to the classic Ohio Art Company toy.

Romney Carries Illinois Primary with Lowest Ever Winning Percentage

The former Massachusetts governor becomes one of just three winners in 100 years of the primary to fail to reach the 50 percent mark.

Will Santorum Give Illinois Its Most Competitive GOP Primary in 100 Years?

Only one Illinois Republican presidential primary has been decided by less than 10 points out of 25 contests since 1912.

Brokered Convention Media Chatter More Than Doubles from 2008

Nearly 200 broadcast reports have discussed the possibility of an open GOP convention this cycle.

Gingrich Advocated Brokered Convention in 2008 GOP Presidential Race

The former House Speaker's dream of an open convention for his party has been lingering for years.

Mississippi to Hold Its First Ever Competitive GOP Presidential Primary

The state's most competitive race has been a 34-point blow-out since its first Republican presidential primary in 1980.

Turnout at Kansas GOP Caucuses Soars 53 Percent from 2008

The Sunflower State records the biggest increase in GOP primary or caucus voter participation in the nation compared to the 2008 cycle.

Gingrich Records Weakest GOP Home State Victory in Modern History

Gingrich ties John McCain for the second lowest home state tally for a major GOP presidential candidate since 1972, besting only Pat Robertson.

How to Handicap the Super Tuesday Contests

Santorum vote totals are averaging nearly five points higher than the final polling numbers in primary and caucus states; Paul vote totals average four points higher in caucus states



Political Crumbs

73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


Two Dakotas, One Voice?

For each of the last 24 presidential elections since 1920, North and South Dakota have voted in unison - casting their ballots for the same nominee. For 21 of these cycles (including each of the last 12 since 1968) Republicans carried the Dakotas with just three cycles going to the Democrats (1932, 1936, and 1964). This streak stands in contrast to the first few decades after statehood when North and South Dakota supported different nominees in four of the first seven cycles. North Dakota narrowly backed Populist James Weaver in 1892 while South Dakota voted for incumbent Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1896, it was North Dakota backing GOPer William McKinley while South Dakota supported Democrat William Jennings Bryan by less than 200 votes. North Dakota voted Democratic in 1912 and 1916 supporting Woodrow Wilson while South Dakota cast its Electoral College votes for Progressive Teddy Roosevelt and Republican Charles Hughes respectively.


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