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While this news site may occasionally make attempts at injecting wit and wryness into our discussion of politics, the name, Smart Politics, is not intended to be playful or an oxymoron. Smart Politics is a news site that reveals a zeal for politics, devoid of cynicism and rants, and replete with provocative non-partisan analysis of important trends in policy and how they impact candidacies in the new election cycle.

Smart Politics is keenly aware of the glut of political blogs, but we are able to offer something unique: as a wing of the Humphrey Institute’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Smart Politics is armed with the largest on-line collection of Upper Midwestern polling and historical election data from which our analyses of pressing policy concerns and intriguing campaign matchups will be drawn.

Smart Politics is guided by the following principals:

  1. Smart Politics is non-partisan. No rants. No spin. The only horse Smart Politics has in the race are the facts.
  2. Smart Politics is non-elitist. Smart Politics' endgame is to engage our audience in a policy discussion. Smart Politics is therefore open to you and seeks not only your commentary, but also your feedback and suggested topics for analysis. Please e-mail Smart Politics to tell us what policy issues or political races in the Upper Midwest are of particular interest to you, and why.
  3. Smart Politics is timely. This site will be regularly updated, so please come back to keep up to date on our latest findings on Upper Midwestern politics.

    Thank you for visiting Smart Politics, and we look forward to hearing from you.


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    Remains of the Data

    Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

    The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

    Political Crumbs

    Seeing Red

    Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


    Home Field Advantage?

    When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


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