Monthly Archives: November 2010

Solving a Mystery in Philadelphia Voting Patterns

A long time ago, I posted a series of posts analyzing the swing state Pennsylvania. One section of this series focused specifically on the city of Philadelphia. This section analyzed Philadelphia’s vote by precinct results and mapped out the results … Continue reading

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Don’t Overestimate Rahm Emanuel

In little more than a year several months, the great city of Chicago will select its next mayor. Following the retirement of Mayor Richard Daley, the field is wide open. Enter Rahm Emanuel. A powerful Democrat and President Barack Obama’s … Continue reading

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The Great Realignment: The 1928 Presidential Election, Part 2

This is the second part of two posts analyzing in more detail the 1928 presidential election. The Great Realignment The previous post noted that: ´╗┐In 1928, the Democratic Party nominated Governor Al Smith of New York. Mr. Smith was nominated … Continue reading

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Why College Students Don’t Vote – Some Anecdotes

College students, and young people in general, are famous for their low voting turn-out. In the 2010 midterms, an estimated 20.9% of 18 to 19-year-olds voted – far below the estimated 51% who voted in the 2008 presidential election. 18-to-29-year-olds … Continue reading

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The Great Realignment: The 1928 Presidential Election, Part 1

This is the first part of two posts analyzing in detail the 1928 presidential election. Continue reading

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Why is Nancy Pelosi So Unpopular?

The news that Democrats have just selected Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to continue as House Minority Leader has led a number of commentators to note her continuing unpopularity. Blogger Nate Silver, for instance, recently came up with a column titled “Is … Continue reading

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Admiring the Democratic Spin on the Mid-term Elections

In the November mid-terms, the Democratic Party is widely held to have done a number of things wrong. If it had done things right, after all, the party would not have lost the most seats in half-a-century. In raw numbers, … Continue reading

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