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Post-ABC News Poll: Absent Mitt Romney, who can claim the 2016 GOP banner?

October 20, 2014
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
When Mitt Romney managed to get about 25 percent support in the early polls against his 2012 Republican rivals, everyone asked, “What’s wrong with Mitt?” He was, after all, the presumed front-runner. Today, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing something similar about 2016, the question could be, “What’s wrong with all the others?”
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The Myth of the Romney Resurgence

October 17, 2014
Amy Walter | Cook Political Report
There’s a very important part of the human brain's wiring that blurs painful events and allows us to move on. It’s how we manage to have multiple children, even though we know the pain of childbirth and 3 a.m. feedings. It’s how we can bury our loved ones, while not losing the capacity to love or care for others. We somehow manage to eat again after a particularly nasty bout of a stomach bug.
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Rise of the Tea Party in 2010

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April 9, 2010
Following the surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by tea party candidate Dave Brat in the Republican Congressional primary, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to April 2010. Charles Babington of the Associated Press joined Gwen to discuss the rise of the tea party and its effect on the Republican Party and the 2010 midterm elections.
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Behind the Scenes of the 2012 Election with Dan Balz

August 2, 2013
In the Webcast Extra, Dan Balz discusses the behind the scenes maneuvering he writes about in his new book, Collision 2012. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and the Republican Primary feature.
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Detroit’s Bankruptcy and Virginia Gubernatorial Debate

July 19, 2013
What bankruptcy means for Detroit, a preview of the Virginia gubernatorial debate, the ten
Voice of the Voters

Voice of the Voters: University of South Florida St. Petersburg

November 7, 2012
The competition for female voters this election cycle has been fierce, but no where more than a crucial swing state like Florida where President Obama, Governor Romney and their surrogates have spent a considerable amount of time campaigning. Journalism graduate students May Zayan and Ren LaForme take a look into how female students at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg are considering women's issues as they cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election.
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Voice of the Voters: Hampton University

November 5, 2012
In 2008, President Obama overwhelmingly won the youth vote--66 percent compared with Senator John McCain’s 32 percent. But will be carry the same numbers this time around? In the final days of the Election 2012 campaign, student journalists at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism explore the key issues important to youth voters in the battleground state of Virginia. Everleigh McNeil, Nakysha Haywood and Ballah Boakai report on how college-aged voters are responding to both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s solutions to students loan debt and unemployment.
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Voice of the Voters: Ohio University

November 2, 2012
President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney have campaigned in the battleground state of Ohio more than any other state this election season. However, neither candidate has spent much time in the Appalachian region of Ohio which is the poorest economic area and has the highest unemployment rate in the state. Journalism students Sandhya Kambhampati, Keara Vickers and Seaira Christian-Daniels of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University examine how Ohio’s Appalachia has become a blind spot and political casualty of presidential politics.
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Voice of the Voters: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 29, 2012
The once solidly red North Carolina narrowly turned blue in 2008 to help Barack Obama win the White House. Two years later the state reverted to red with a wave of GOP wins in the 2010 midterm election. So in this tight 2012 election will Barack Obama or Mitt Romney win this swing state's 15 electoral votes? Journalism students Averi Harper and Alex Giles of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill report on the issues driving North Carolinian voters to the polls this year.
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