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Will Omaha Cast Its Electoral Vote For Obama?

The Ballot Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Ballot Box

**BY BRAD DAVIS** OMAHA, Neb. -- In a drab, beige strip mall -- a Kwik Shop gas station on one side and a Chuck E. Cheese on the other -- a group of ...

11 Best Obama Songs

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

While prowling the Internet for songs about Barack Obama, I was impressed by the variety of musical genres that have taken to the Democratic candidate.

The Four Types of Undecided Voters

Barbara Dehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Dehn

With eight days to go, and two totally different candidates, how can anyone still be undecided? Turns out, there are lots of different kinds of undecided voters. They don't fall neatly into an easily parodied pigeon hole.

Attention GenY'ers! Talk To Your Parents! Don't Let GenJonesers Vote Against Themselves!

David Paulsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paulsen

Convince them, as the children of several former Republican Governors convinced their parents to come out for Obama, as GenJoneser Caroline Kennedy's GenY kids moved her from Hillary to Barack.

My Dinner Party Nightmare

Ellen Malcolm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Malcolm

Swing women watch the nastiness of modern campaigns and come away even more convinced that politicians would rather play political games than try to solve America's problems. Thought Process Flowchart: Undecided Voters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The race for president between Barack Obama and John McCain has been going on for close to 17 years now, and yet still--still!--there are some voters ...

Rural Nevada Dems Come Out Of The Closet

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

ELKO, Nev. -- When Mable Kite decided to get involved in a political campaign for the first time in her life, she jumped right into the deep end. She ...

Nevada Swing County Leaning Toward Obama in Intense Last Weeks of Campaign

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

As goes Washoe County, so goes Nevada? "If Kerry had carried this county, he would have carried Nevada," said Curtis-Weber. And with Nevada, he would have won the White House.

The Three Big Reasons Why Obama is Beating McCain in the Battle for Swing Voters

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By appearing himself to be an erratic, lurching, gambler, McCain has done an enormous amount to undercut his own major argument -- that electing Obama would be risky.

The Best Economic Attack Obama isn't Using Against McCain

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

It is Obama who needs to be taking a hatchet to this idea in TV ads. The vast majority of the American people, especially independents, do not support most of McCain's suggested cuts.

Wal-Mart Moms Could Vote to Change Wal-Mart

David Nassar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Nassar

"Wal-Mart Moms" or "Wal-Mart Women" are the new "it" demographic this election cycle. That may be good news for Wal-Mart shoppers, but it is not good news for Wal-Mart.

Jews for Obama?

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

The one issue that surpasses even those that center around civil liberties is the continued existence of the state of Israel.

A Life-Long Republican Goes Blue

Eric Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Morse

After choosing the Republican candidate for 50 years, my mother has decided to change her ways this election. She thinks Obama has the answers we're looking for.

What if it Doesn't Come Down to Turnout?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

This year the millions of voters excited about voting for Barack Obama will more than likely be counterbalanced by the millions of voters excited about stopping Obama.

Suddenly Obama's Auto-Policies Matter: Michigan Is The New Florida

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Any sort of cash incentive to get manufacturers to build more efficient vehicles -- and to get people to buy more of them -- is an admirable thing. But let's not forget that if people just make smarter choices, this nation's energy usage will go down dramatically.

Meet the Purples! Decoding the DNA of the Swing Voter

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Both Obama and McCain will make huge efforts on Election Day to turn out their bases it's still likely that the outcome will depend on the Purples, the swing voters in the middle. Who are they?

Why the Democrats Need to Dumb It Down

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

She makes them laugh and lets them think that they'll all head over to Culver's later for frozen custard and ButterBurgers.

Pre-Election Post-Mortem: Why Obama Lost

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

Well, this time we didn't lose it. John McCain won it by running a campaign so brilliant that it seemed to surprise even his most enthusiastic backers.

Palin Winning Over Twenty-Something Catholics

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Catholics have backed the popular-vote-winning candidate in the last nine presidential elections. They make up nearly a quarter of all registered U.S. voters and may well determine who wins the White House in 2008.

OTB Swing-Voter Survey

John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Tomasic

This past month, before the Democratic National Convention, OffTheBus community members conducted interviews with swing voters -- and people they thou...

Older, Unhappy Women As Swing Voters

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Older women might end up voting against their own interests with a McCain who, at least, culturally speaks their language, as opposed to an Obama, who does not seem to be speaking to them at all.

Seven Things Barack Obama Should Do to Keep from Blowing It

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

To counter the conventional wisdom pundits, the cautious campaign advisers, and his own inner cautiousness, I'm offering Obama suggestions for staying true to the vision that took him from longshot to presidential frontrunner.

Tapping Barack Obama's Phone

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

When Obama eschewed the pundit's red-blue-purple state preoccupation during his '04 Democratic Convention speech, he was choosing poetry over polls.

Broke and Burned Out: Moms of '08 Election?

Nanette Fondas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nanette Fondas

Soccer moms, security moms ... How will the mothers' vote be labeled this year? Broke and burned out moms?

A Day With Hillary: Middle-Aged Undecided White Men

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Uptake

On the ground in Pennsylvania, you can sense much tenuous support and find many waffling voters. The most enigmatic include those in the bullseye of the campaigns: white male undecideds.