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Electoral College Shenanigans: One Possible Response

Kevin Welner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

In this past presidential election, President Obama defeated Governor Romney by a popular vote of 65.9 million to 60.9 million. In a sane world, that would be the end of the story. But the U.S. presidential election uses the Electoral College.

Turning Texas Blue (or at Least Purple): Bet On It

Jackson Williams | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jackson Williams

The congressional delegation will stay red for a while, thanks to redistricting by the Legislature. Still, just imagine the state's 38 electoral votes being in play in 2016 or 2020. Republicans can't win the White House without them.

Not All Republicans Support Electoral College Rules Change

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) spoke out against the GOP's latest attempt at strategizing for 2016, saying that his state would not go alo...

The New GOP Plan to Steal the 2016 Presidential Election

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Douglas J. Amy

In November, the Republicans used gerrymandering to win the U.S. House of Representatives. Now they want to use it to win the presidency in 2016.

GOP Official Continues Pushing Birther Claims

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey, who questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to president earlier this week, told a Phoenix ra...

GOP Official's Big Mistake

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

Documents presented to electors at Monday's meeting of the Michigan Electoral College in Lansing spelled President Barack Obama's first name as Barak....

GOP's Latest Sketchy Election Scheme

National Journal | Reid Wilson | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system i...

Birther Queen Sues Joe Biden

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Birther queen Orly Taitz has teamed up with a convicted felon who challenged President Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary to sue Vic...

Parenting and the Electoral System

Grant Calder | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Grant Calder

No matter how many times I explain it to them, my kids can't seem to grasp that the people's choice in the world's oldest democracy is not necessarily the one who assumes the country's highest office, but they're only 10 (twins).

Misperceptions of the U.S. Election

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

While the U.S. election is a peaceful affair, untouched by corruption, it is still not the democratic affair which I had perceived it to be.

America Will Be Sober in the Morning: Why Obama Will Win

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

America is already sobering. Come Wednesday, Obama will no longer be an embattled incumbent, just President Obama once more. Romney will still be Romney.

Final Electoral Math -- My 2012 Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today, we're just going to throw caution to the wind, and go ahead and predict the outcome of tomorrow night's returns.

YouGov/Xbox Poll Respondents Expect Obama Victory in Ohio (and the election)

David Rothschild | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
David Rothschild

In the latest YouGov/Xbox poll, the pivotal state of Ohio showed slightly more Romney supporters than Obama supporters. But, when asked who they expect to win Ohio, the same respondents predicted Obama would win their state.

SWING STATE HELL

Posted 11.02.2012 | Comedy

Sure, New York and the rest of the east coast may have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, but count your blessings, people. You could be living in "post...

Computational Thinking About Politics

Robert St. Amant | Posted 12.30.2012 | Science
Robert St. Amant

On The Atlantic Wire Gabriel Snyder gives what we'd call a combinatorial analysis of the presidential election. I like the analysis not for what it says about the possible outcome but because it illustrates an influential idea in computer science, called computational thinking.

Xbox/YouGov Panel Quantifies Romney's First Debate Victory and Obama's Subsequent Debate Rebound

David Rothschild | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
David Rothschild

What has been the cumulative impact of these changes over the last month? Overall, Romney has improved roughly 2 percentage points with Xbox LIVE users, and those gains occurred almost entirely during the period between the first two debates.

2012 Electoral Math -- One Week Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real sword of Damocles hanging over the White House right now is this Friday's release of the October unemployment figures. If the numbers are bad, it could give Romney the last-second momentum he needs. If the numbers are good, Obama could waltz to victory.

The Change We Don't Need

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Now, Mitt Romney said in his economic speech today he's about "real change/big change" and the president, he says, is about "the status quo." But the growth of government spending is the lowest it's been in 60 years, since President Eisenhower.

Tie Goes to the Runner: Welcome to the Romney-Biden Administration

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Terry Connelly

A 269-269 outcome is feasible in a number of hypothetical state-by-state outcomes that would not strain anyone's credulity. There is, however, one complication with that scenario -- two, really.

Snapshots and Movies: Most Polls Are Snapshots, but the Xbox / YouGov Panel Shows Voters in Motion

David Rothschild | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
David Rothschild

he vice presidential debate stopped the bleeding for Obama and the second presidential debate on Oct. 16 gave Obama a few strong days. During this entire time the number of undecided voters has slowly drifted downward.

Why the Constitution's Framers Didn't Want Us to Directly Elect the President

Eric Black | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

The strange tale of how the electoral system came about puts some of its weird features into context. Once you get this context, it is at least understandable what the Framers thought they were doing.

10 Reasons Why the Electoral College Is a Problem

Eric Black | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

The Electoral College system further distorts the presidential campaign by causing the candidates to grant extra weight to the parochial needs of the swing states.

2012 Electoral Math -- Obama's Debate Cliff

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitt Romney got an enormous bounce out of the first debate. This translated into him flipping two states to his column -- something he hasn't been able to do in quite a while.

Xbox Live/YouGov Polling

David Rothschild | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
David Rothschild

So many people today watch TV with a second screen around and we are giving them something fun, related, and meaningful to do with extra energy; we have enacted the promise that is interactive television with the hope that it will lead us towards the future of information aggregation.

Our Electoral College System Is Weird -- And Not in a Good Way

Eric Black | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

The Electoral College system is pretty weird. No other country has anything like it (and bear in mind, every country with a written constitution has had the benefit of the U.S. precedent when they designed their own system).