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In addition to his wife and a few governmental officials, an additional 19 non-governmental guests sat in the First Lady's box during the president's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Interestingly, 17 of these 19 individuals - some of which were referenced in the president's address - come from...

Romney Support Spikes in Each New Hampshire County from 2008

Mitt Romney's strongest three counties in the 2012 GOP New Hampshire primary were his three strongest in 2008: Rockingham (#1 in both cycles), Carroll (#3 in '08, #2 in '12), and Hillsborough (#2 in '08 and #3 in '12). Rockingham and Hillsborough (both bordering Massachusetts on the south), were the...

Rick Perry Still Making English Teachers Roll Their Eyes

Although he has somewhat slowed down the use of his favorite verbal tics from 10 per debate to four, Texas Governor Rick Perry is still far and away the clubhouse leader in the GOP presidential debates when it comes to using clichés. Through the nine debates since Perry first took...

The Return of the 11th Commandment?

While there certainly have been memorable moments in the last two Republican presidential debates, those who have followed the eight GOP candidates in their nationally televised performances over the last few months may have noticed something was missing: there were only three candidate-on-candidate attacks launched in both the Michigan and...

No Appointment Necessary (in AZ, MD, UT, WI)

Over the last 100 years there have been 189 appointments made to the U.S. Senate to fill vacancies created for a variety of reasons such as retirement, death, or resignations to become president or vice-president. Kentucky leads the way with the most such appointments since the introduction of direct elections...

Wednesday's Pay Day

As the Republican presidential field jockeys not only for positioning heading into the home stretch before the primary season but also attempts to pad their campaign coffers for that run, you might catch them crack a smile on Wednesdays. A Smart Politics review of the tens of millions of dollars...

Any Day But Sunday

As the political world holds its breath waiting for a final, final answer from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on his 2012 plans, one thing is for certain: if he is going to announce his candidacy in the coming week, he won't do it on a Sunday. Of the 10...

Failed McCotter Presidential Bid Unlikely to Jeopardize US House Seat

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter's decision to run for president - and then end his campaign less than three months later - ought not to derail his ability to win a sixth term from Michigan's 11th Congressional District in 2012 if history is any indication. Of the two dozen U.S. Representatives...

Death Triggers Nearly Half of U.S. House Special Elections

In less than two weeks, Nevada will hold its first special election to the U.S. House in state history, with 2nd Congressional District residents voting to fill the seat vacated by Republican Dean Heller who was appointed to the U.S. Senate after the resignation of scandal-plagued GOPer John Ensign. Over...

Ron Paul Polling 10x Stronger in August 2011 vs August 2007

Although he has been (famously) ignored by much of the media during the 2012 election cycle (vis-à-vis his relative standing in the GOP field), Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is polling at approximately 10 percent in the race for the GOP nomination. That represents a monumental uptick from...

Debt Deal Senate Vote: The Divided Republican Caucus

Although nearly 60 percent of Republicans in the U.S. Senate supported the deficit- and debt-reduction deal on Tuesday, there was one glaring splinter in its caucus. Of the 13 Republican Senators that began their terms this year, nine voted against the proposal and just four supported it (69 percent opposition)....

Nebraska Cornhuskers Salivating Over Big 10 Opponents

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a 39-6 (.867) record against current Big 10 teams since 1962, with 11 victories and only one loss since 1985 (a 40-7 blowout suffered at Penn State in 2002).

It's a Party! (DNC Chairs Not Invited)

Two former party chairmen ran for U.S. Senate seats in Indiana in the Election of 1916.

Rick Perry Cracks the Top 50

This week Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will pass former GOP Colorado Governor John Love for 50th place on the list of the longest serving governors in U.S. history. Perry has served 3,842 days (10 years, 6 months, 8 days) since taking over for George W. Bush in December 2000....

Is It Our Turn Yet?

Almost half of the original 13 U.S. colonies have not yet produced a U.S. president to date.

Presidential Primary to Celebrate 100th Anniversary in 2012

The 2012 election cycle will mark the 100th anniversary of the nation's landmark effort to open up the once very tightly-controlled party nomination process.

The First to Resign

Democrat Anthony Weiner's (NY-09) resignation on Thursday comes 220 years, 10 months, and three days since the first congressman resigned from the nation's lower legislative chamber.

The Party of Americans?

In Monday evening's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, 100 references were made by the seven candidates to "America," the "United States" or the "Constitution."

The Power of Three

During and after the Civil War, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court consisted of three members, justices earned a salary ($2,500) twice of that as the governor of the Badger State ($1,250).

Familiarity Breeds Contempt?

Republican William Stafford and Socialist Victor Berger squared off against each other 10 times in Wisconsin 5th CD U.S. House elections between 1902 and 1928.

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The Second Time Around

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez became the seventh major party or second place gubernatorial candidate in Colorado to get a second chance at the office when he narrowly won his party's nomination last month. Two of the previous six candidates were successful. Democrat Alva Adams lost his first gubernatorial bid to Benjamin Eaton in 1884, but was victorious two years later against William Meyer. Democrat Charles Johnson placed third in 1894 behind Republican Albert McIntyre and Populist incumbent Governor David Waite but returned as the Fusion (Democrat/Populist) nominee in 1898 and defeated GOPer Henry Wolcott. Gubernatorial candidates who received a second chance but lost both general elections include Democrat Thomas Patterson (1888, 1914), Progressive Edward Costigan (1912, 1914), Republican Donald Brotzman (1954, 1956), and Republican David Strickland (1978, 1986).


How Are the Plurality Winners Doing?

Nearly 40 percent of plurality winners of U.S. Senate elections lose their seat in the next election cycle. Will that happen to any of the three such incumbents on the ballot in 2014? Recent polling suggests Democrats Al Franken of Minnesota, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Jeff Merkley of Oregon all currently have an advantage over their nominated/frontrunning GOP opponents, but each is flirting with plurality support once again. Franken led endorsed GOPer Mike McFadden 48 to 42 percent in a new SurveyUSA poll while the polling group showed Merkley with a 50 to 32 percent advantage over Monica Wehby. Begich led each of the three major GOP candidates in last month's PPP survey: 42 to 37 percent over Daniel Sullivan, 41 to 33 percent over Mead Treadwell, and 43 to 27 percent over Joe Miller.


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