Related Content: 2012 Election

A More Perfect Poll

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In the 2012 presidential election, we all thought we were smarter than the pollsters. Conservatives flocked to a site called UnskewedPolls.com, whose proprietor reconstituted the polls of major media organizations in proportions better suited to his vision of the American electorate—that is, one with more Republicans in it. Liberals, for their part, elevated to demigod status the statistician and New York Times blogger Nate Silver, who poured those same polls into a meat grinder and produced a neatly encased pronouncement that Barack Obama was overwhelmingly likely to win.

Why Paul Ryan is really different

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What makes Paul Ryan's budget so different from those of earlier generations of Republicans -- including Jack Kemp (his mentor) and the last three Republican presidents?

Economy might be gaining traction, new data suggest

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After a spring and summer of weak economic indicators, a flurry of fresh data suggest key sectors of the economy might be gaining traction, just as the battle for the White House enters the final round.

Political Perceptions: The Vanishing Undecideds

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So the early narrative about the 2012 presidential campaign was that Mitt Romney would have to move to the right to win his party’s nomination and then move to the center, which would force Barack Obama to risk angering the left in his party to fight with Mr. Romney for the voters of the block of undecided voters in the middle who would decide the outcome in November.

Obama to Make Three-Day Campaign Swing Through Iowa

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At a time when he usually races from state to state seeking votes, President Obama has decided to invest much of next week in a single place, Iowa, the one where it all began for him.

Obama Tells a Tale of ‘Romney Hood’

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President Obama has been looking for new ways to keep pressing the same attack on Mitt Romney’s tax plan, and on Monday, he coined a phrase he hopes will stick: “Romney Hood.”

Political battle of the incumbents

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Election season bringing an unusual race in a battleground state this november, thanks to redistricting, two incumbent representatives are facing off in Ohio's 16th District. 

Pollsters Struggle to Pin Down the Right (Cell) Number

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As they gauge voter sentiment in this tight presidential race, pollsters face a big challenge: more and more voters hang up on them.

Democrats Embrace Once Pejorative ‘Obamacare’ Tag

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As thousands of people gathered on a sweltering night outside a local high school draped with flags and bunting, the speaker talked about the president’s controversial health program. “That’s why he passed Obamacare!” she declared.

Romney Misleads with Israel Ad

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The truth sure is a slippery thing in the 2012 campaign. "It's beginning to seem as if everyone's at the prow of a Swift Boat, pants on fire and conscience on ice,'' writes a fired-up Frank Bruni of The New York Times, rightfully lambasting Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for calling Republican Mitt Romney a tax scofflaw without offering an iota of proof.