January 2012

5 Things To Watch For In Florida

Posted: Tue, 01/31/2012 - 10:53am

For some reason in modern politics, it always seems to come down to Florida. It is an irresistible destination. The northern panhandle is a sweet piece of the South. The I-4 corridor---where half the state's registered Republican voters live---slashes the state in half east to west, along the way connecting the two huge media markets of Tampa and Orlando. The east and west coasts are home to vast swaths of northeastern retirees, including a robust and engaged Jewish population.

Taking Voters At Their Words

Posted: Thu, 01/26/2012 - 6:04pm

Pundits. Analysts. Historians. Political scientists. The landscape is lousy with them this election year, and I love talking with them.

But in our PBS NewsHour political coverage this year, we are making a special commitment to seek out the opinions of the people who actually cast the votes. And in each of the contests we have covered so far, we have found they do not disappoint.

Gwen's Primary Day Take: South Carolina Votes

Posted: Sat, 01/21/2012 - 10:42pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In retrospect, it should not come as a surprise that Election Day came to South Carolina with wind, rain and tornado watches. The Gingrich surge here has been that strong.

It cannot be overstated how dramatic the shift from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich has been here on the ground. In a single night -- after Monday night's pivotal debate -- Romney went from an 8 point lead among Tea Party voters to trailing Gingrich by 7 points the very next day. And then the lead grew.

Five Things to Watch for in South Carolina

Posted: Fri, 01/20/2012 - 9:23am

COLUMBIA, S.C. - This has probably been the single craziest week of the 2012 campaign, as candidates rose and fell nearly every single day.

As the voters here head to the polls for an unusual Saturday Republican party primary, here’s what I am watching for.

Five Things: What Matters Most After New Hampshire

Posted: Thu, 01/12/2012 - 5:56pm

Throughout this year’s election, I will pose and answer key questions at critical moments during the campaign. On New Hampshire Primary Election Day, I shared the five things I was watching for.

Here is how it all shook out.

Gwen’s Primary Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in New Hampshire

Posted: Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:45pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Tuesday's is the seventh New Hampshire primary I’ve covered, so I’ve learned the shortcuts through the lake region, the best diners, and the ways that voters here can confound pundits on election day.

Here is what I am watching for Tuesday night:

New Hampshire: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Posted: Fri, 01/06/2012 - 11:09am

Northfield, NH – The scene is a rustic old building perched on a pretty river in the center of the state. The walls are knotty pine and the pot-bellied stoves are putting out real heat.

It is standing room only in the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and everybody is there for…Rick Santorum.

Gwen’s Caucus Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in Iowa

Posted: Mon, 01/02/2012 - 8:44pm

We love it when voters take over the narrative, and that’s what will happen in Iowa tonight as voters meet to caucus and choose a possible Presidential nominee. Here’s what we’re watching:

How will social conservatives split?