Political Profiles of the States, Swing States and Tracking Polls

Ballotpedia has published political profiles of each state, courtesy of the Almanac of American Politics 2016. Reading these profiles are essential to fully understanding American politics. The largest states lean heavily toward the Democrats: New York, Illinois (Chicago), the Northeast and the West Coast states (California, Washington, Oregon) are generally considered Democratic, in contrast to... Continue Reading →


How NC’s 2 Senate Seats Have Changed Hands Since the 1950s

History of US Senators from North Carolina: Frequent turnovers over 40 years. North Carolina does not put a great deal of stock in Senate incumbency. Seat #1 Democrat Sam Ervin served from 1956 to 1974. Democrat Robert Morgan served from 1974 to 1980. Republican John East served from 1980 until he killed himself in 1985.... Continue Reading →

Seeing Blue in NC

That's the title of an op-ed I wrote, published May 11, 2008 in the News and Observer, partially in reaction to David Broder's arrogant column, "Two Weeks of Trivia," in The Washington Post, writing off the importance of the North Carolina primary and claiming, without doing his homework or voter analysis, that NC is so... Continue Reading →

NC’s High Turnout and Front Row Seat for Democratic Presidential Primary Could Give Obama Chance to Carry the State in the Fall

In the once-in-a-lifetime Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina, with repeated visits by the candidates and former president Bill Clinton to cities and towns that had never seen a president, turnout was heavy. And it seems Senator Obama put together a remarkable coalition that included at least some working class, blue collar whites in urban,... Continue Reading →

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