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  • Why Staten Island Went for McCain

    11/03/2012 11:27:39 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 10 replies
    CityRoom Blog NYTimes ^ | November 6, 2008 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    In Tuesday’s election, New York City was firmly Obama country with the Democratic candidate sweeping the city with huge margins of victory. But that was not the case in all parts of the city. While Barack Obama won 88 percent of the votes in the Bronx, 85 percent of Manhattan, 79 percent of Brooklyn and 74 percent of Queens, Staten Island went for John McCain, giving the Republican senator 52 percent of the borough’s vote, according to unofficial returns tabulated by The Associated Press. Those results again underscored the distinctive position that Staten Island has had in the fabric of...
  • Gallup: More 2008 Obama voters plan to switch sides than 2008 McCain voters

    08/07/2012 7:40:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    Yes, it's buyer's remorse and it will probably be one of the deciding factors in the race this year. Gallup: Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are supporting 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nine percent of 2008 Obama voters have switched to supporting Romney this year, while 5% of McCain voters have switched to Obama. The results are based on July 23-29 Gallup Daily tracking with more than 2,000 registered voters who reported voting in the...
  • Romney To Hold 24 'Strengthening The Middle Class" Events in 13 Swing States

    08/02/2012 8:48:14 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8-2-12 | Tony Lee
    Mitt Romney’s campaign will hold 24 “Strengthening The Middle Class” events today and Friday in 13 swing states, which include Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, and Colorado. Local business owners and politicians will headline the events that will emphasize how Romney’s economic policies will make conditions better for the middle class. In Florida on Thursday night, Sen. Marco Rubio will headline an event in Orlando. .
  • Poll: Obama Struggling With Independents

    TalkingPointsMemo today is trumpeting a new McClatchy/Marist poll showing Obama edging Romney on both the economy and foreign policy. The nationwide poll of registered voters shows Obama ahead 2-points, 46-44, on being better able to handle the economy and 6-points, 47-41, on being better able to handle foreign policy. Overall, the poll shows Obama ahead of Romney 48-46. Of course, the poll's sample undercounts GOP voters. Republicans make up 29% of the poll universe, a number far below their share of the electorate in recent elections. The overall sample is D +7, which would mirror the 2008 electorate. There is...
  • The Catholic Vote Swings (Why it could swing BIG this year)

    06/13/2012 4:11:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/13/2012 | Michael Novak
    The new wisdom is that Catholics vote just like everybody else. That purported wisdom isn’t wise. The Catholic vote differs in four decisive ways from the Protestant, Jewish, and secular votes. (1) The Catholic vote is concentrated mainly in the largest states in the Electoral College: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey. (2) A larger proportion of Catholics than of any other religious group except Jews votes regularly, every election. In some jurisdictions (Chicago, Boston) Catholic voters have been known to vote at a rate of 104 percent or more when necessary, some of them...
  • The Return of the Reagan Democrats

    06/08/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Robert Tracinski
    Scott Walker beat the spread. Sometime politics is like betting on football. It's not just about whether your team wins. It's about whether you beat the spread. The rough calculation going into Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin was that if Governor Scott Walker won by less than five percentage points, the race would not have any clear national-level implications, but if he won by five points or more, it would. The final result, 53.2% to 46.3%, is a margin of 6.9 percentage points. He beat the spread... --snip-- But we are finally reaching the Thatcher Line: the point at which...
  • Fickle independents returning to Barack Obama

    01/24/2011 8:51:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/23/2011 | Alexander Burns
    President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats learned at least one big lesson in the November elections: What the independent voter gives, the independent voter can also take away. But now, the same temperamental bloc that threw House Democrats out of power appear to be in a giving mood again - at least as far as Obama is concerned. That unpredictable, cranky group of voters who helped carry the president into office two years ago before turning against him in dramatic fashion, may be turning back in Obama’s direction even more quickly. A series of national polls released over the last...
  • In MN-08, Indys Break Sharply Republican, Give DFL Incumbent Oberstar Tightest Fight of His Career

    10/30/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10/30/2010 | Staff
    DFL congressman Jim Oberstar, accustomed to winning with 65% or more of the vote in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, finds himself running even with Republican challenger Chip Cravaack, heading into the final weekend of the campaign, a new SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis shows. Today, it's 47% Oberstar, 46% Cravaack, a result within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error.
  • Swing Voters Are Flocking to GOP

    10/29/2010 6:47:31 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-30-10 | PETER WALLSTEN AND NEIL KING JR.
    The Democrats' final push to woo undecided voters appears to have fizzled, potentially putting dozens of competitive House races beyond reach and undermining the party's chances in at least four toss-up Senate seats, according to party strategists and officials. Independents, a crucial swing bloc, seem to be breaking sharply for Republicans in the final days of the campaign. One nonpartisan prognosticator, Stuart Rothenberg, said Friday he thought the Republicans could pick up as many as 70 House seats—something no party has achieved since 1948. The Republicans need 39 seats to take the majority. Fading Democratic support among independents is also...
  • Politico poll shows independents flocking to GOP (Late October Poll )

    10/25/2010 12:46:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 25, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Politico’s new poll reinforces the fact that momentum remains strong with fired-up Republicans, mainly because of fired-up independents.  The numbers look daunting for Democrats with just one week to go before Election Day, and in many places, past the time many have already voted.  And it’s not as though the Democrats didn’t have warnings that their massive expansion of government wouldn’t have dire consequences: Expressing deep dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies and performance, independents have increasingly sided with conservatives in the belief that government grew too large, too fast under Obama—and that it can no longer be trusted. In the...
  • President Obama in trouble

    10/24/2010 12:53:47 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 56 replies · 1+ views
    YNet News ^ | Oct. 24, 2010 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Op-ed: As elections loom, US president losing support of once - sympathetic voters In the last elections campaigns, it was possible to point to a political gender-based gap. While men tended to vote Republican, women tended to vote Democrat. Yet the recent polls show that the female vote is also shifting to the Right. Some 52% of women still support the Democrats, yet this marks a sharp drop in the face of the masculine zeal to topple the Left, and Obama knows it. Hence, his West Coast trip is dedicated to meetings with women and efforts to boost two female...
  • Swing Vote: Newly Dead Now Oppose Obama

    10/04/2010 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Swing Vote: Newly Dead Now Oppose Obama By Stephen Miller As a Chicago pol, President Barack Obama must be familiar with rumors that the cemeteries vote. If so, he’d probably be worried to find out that in this campaign year, he’s even lost the dead. In death notices from around the nation, the recently deceased are reaching back to canvass the living. “In lieu of flowers, Hal has requested that donations be made to your local animal shelter or to any candidate running against Barack Obama in 2012,” reads the death notice of Harold Groves, a retired Air Force fighter...
  • Gallup: Dems lose hispanic voters

    10/01/2010 8:32:59 PM PDT · by pissant · 34 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 10/1/10 | Kerry Picket
    Well here is a punch in the stomach to those who pandered to Hispanics over the summer by bashing Arizona and its Republican Governor Jan Brewer for passing the immigration law known as SB 1070. According to the latest report from Gallup, Hispanics have peeled off from Democrats in August and September. Hispanics' Preferences Shift, While Whites' and Blacks' are Stable Hispanic voters' support for Democratic candidates waned in August and September. As a result, Hispanics in September favored Democrats by a 13-point margin (51% to 38%), compared with 32-point margins in June and July. Whites in September favored Republican...
  • Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats

    09/02/2010 8:34:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 2, 2010 | KIRK JOHNSON
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama. Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008. “Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?”...
  • How the Democrats lost the middle (O Governs as if only liberals matter)

    08/27/2010 4:46:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 19 replies
    NY POST ^ | 8./27/01 | Rich Lowry
    As former Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner writes, liberals "are expressing deepening alienation from our nation and turning on the American people with a vengeance." They thought they had a mandate from heaven in 2008 and can't bear the thought that they deluded themselves. They've gone from triumphalism to a petulant and uncomprehending tantrum in less than two years. The rump majority looks more exhausted by the day.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Independent voters sour on Democrats

    WASHINGTON – Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November's elections, according to combined results of recent Associated Press-GfK polls. That's way down from the 52 percent of independents who backed Obama over Republican Sen. John McCain two years ago, and the 49 percent to 41 percent edge by which they preferred Democratic candidates for the House in that election, according...
  • A Year After Honeymoon Ends, Whites, Men and Independents Desert Obama (Quinnipiac Poll bad news)

    07/21/2010 5:33:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2010 | Peter A. Brown
    It was a year ago this month that President Barack Obama began losing voters. In the 12 months since, he has had legislative victories that appear – especially in the case of health care – to have cost him large amounts of both political capital and political support. A comparison of the public’s views of him then and now tells us a great deal about the shape of American politics and how difficult it is for any president, even one as politically gifted as Barack Obama, to surmount the nation’s deep political and ideological divisions. [Snip] On Election Day 2008,...
  • Swing Districts Oppose Health Reform

    03/14/2010 6:54:14 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 29 replies · 942+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-15-10 | HEATHER R. HIGGINS AND KELLYANNE E. CONWAY
    Sobering poll news for 35 key House members. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she plans to bring health-care reform to a vote this week. Democratic leaders cite national polls that show support for individual provisions of the bill as a reason to pass this reform. Yet vulnerable politicians should be warned: Responses to questions about individual benefits, particularly when removed from a cost context, are different from those on the whole bill. Voters in key congressional districts are clear in their opposition to what they have seen, read and heard on health-care reform. That's one of the findings of a...
  • (GOP) Hoydick wins special election (Connecticut state House)

    03/02/2010 6:19:13 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 15 replies · 644+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | March 2, 2010
    STRATFORD -- Republican Laura Hoydick has won the special election for the 120th Assembly District seat recently vacated by Mayor John A. Harkins. Hoydick received 1,949 votes to 1,390 for Democrat Janice Andersen. Hoydick won in all six voting districts with 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Andersen
  • Change comes again: Mass. swing voters who lifted Obama heeded the mantra, not the party (Barf)

    01/24/2010 7:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 579+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 24, 2010 | Dick Polman
    To really appreciate how far the political pendulum has swung, let's check in with Chris Matthews. Two winters ago, the TV host was all atingle about Barack Obama, to the point where "I felt this thrill going up my leg." But last Tuesday night, when a heretofore obscure Republican state legislator named Scott Brown jolted Obama by snatching Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, Matthews was like a puppy on uppers. Before the polls had even closed, he was grooming Brown for immortality: "Does he have a hot hand politically, to run for the nomination for president next time?" But Matthews can...
  • Independent Voters Abandon Democrats

    01/19/2010 7:39:57 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 694+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/19/2010 | PETER WALLSTEN
    Democrats' loss in Tuesday's race for a Massachusetts Senate seat is a stark illustration of their collapsing support from independent voters, a phenomenon that's prompting party leaders to revamp their playbook for this year's midterm elections. Independent voters—typically centrist, white and working-class—backed President Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2008. But Massachusetts is now the third Obama-won state in the past three months where independents have swung decisively Republican. Polls in the days leading up to the vote suggested the lead for Republican Scott Brown came about largely because of his advantage among independents over Democrat Martha Coakley. A new...
  • Massachusetts Senate Race Hinges On Independent Vote

    01/16/2010 9:29:30 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 466+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/16/2010 | Tracey D. Samuelson
    Massachusetts has long been regarded as a liberal stronghold, but the special election to replace Sen. Edward Kennedy in the US Senate is showing Massachusetts has a more conservative streak as well. State Sen. Scott Brown (R) is proving to be a major challenge for Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), who was heavily favored early in the race; a poll released late Thursday had Mr. Brown leading Ms. Coakley by 4 percentage points. Brown’s success may have to do with his ability to appeal to independent voters in the Bay State – 51 percent of voters here are unenrolled.
  • Independents Now The Kingmakers As Both Political Parties Lose Voters

    12/10/2009 7:41:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 588+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 10, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Americans are leaving both political parties in large numbers and are identifying themselves as Independents or third-party supporters. The exodus is so large that the share of Independent voters is now bigger than either Democrats or Republicans. That's the key finding from an analysis conducted by IBD/TIPP. The analysis compared party affiliation data from IBD/TIPP polls conducted in the first half of 2009 to the second half of 2009. Each period had more than 5,000 respondents. The share of voters who identify themselves as Democrats dropped from 39% to 35%, and the share of Republicans edged down from 29% to...
  • Dems alarmed as Independents bolt party [voters see dems as a party of high spending]

    11/18/2009 2:12:52 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 1,521+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/18/09 12:11 AM EST | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage. Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message. Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are...
  • Karl Rove: The GOP Is Moving Into the Suburbs

    11/04/2009 6:54:59 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    WSJ/The Lid ^ | 11/4/09 | The Lid
    Yesterday's election showed many cracks developing in the alliance that put the Democrats into power just one year ago. Independent voters were the most obvious but there were others, while still voting democratic young and urban voters were not motivated to come out for Obama's candidates, especially in New Jersey the state where the POTUS invested the most time and political capital. The other group shifting away from the Obama coalition is suburbia. Already facing growing property taxes, they see a federal government with no inclination to curb spending and the higher taxes the deficits will bring. According to Karl...
  • Tuesday's Suburban Vote Swing

    11/04/2009 5:33:43 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-04-09 | Karl Rove
    Even a five-point shift would mean big Democratic losses in 2010. Tuesday's elections should put a scare into red state Democrats—and a few blue state ones, too. Barack Obama was said to have redrawn the electoral map by winning Virginia last year with 53% of the vote. On Tuesday, Republican Bob McDonnell flipped the state back to the GOP, winning his election for governor with 59% of the vote. Mr. Obama carried New Jersey easily last year with 57% of the vote. This year, despite being outspent 3-to-1, Republican Chris Christie ousted Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine there by 49% to...
  • Juan Williams Says Loss of Independents Could Signal a "Really Rough Ride" for Obama - Video

    08/24/2009 2:58:42 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 750+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of liberal Juan Williams talking about President Obama's falling poll numbers, which he says is being fueled by a loss of independents. Williams says it's too early to tell if this loss is permanent, but if it is, he says Obama is in "for a really rough ride." (Watch Video)
  • Pollster.com Has Obama with a -0.4 Approval Rating Among Independent Voters

    08/20/2009 1:36:20 PM PDT · by immadashell · 20 replies · 1,280+ views
    Pollster.com ^ | immasahell
    This is the first time this indicator has gone negative.
  • Oh my : New Gallup poll shows town hall protests winning over independents ?

    08/12/2009 4:06:53 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 49 replies · 2,026+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 12, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Either indies have suddenly developed a taste for Nazi mobs of political terrorists or the Democrats’ message war on ObamaCare opponents is a rather epic fail. Given the left’s monopoly on wisdom and virtue, I must reluctantly conclude it’s the former. When did independents start hating America? In a survey of 1,000 adults taken Tuesday, 34% say the sometimes heated protests at sessions held by members of Congress have made them more sympathetic to the protesters’ views; 21% say they are less sympathetic. Independents by 2-1, 35%-16%, say they are more sympathetic to the protesters now. The findings are bad...
  • New Poll Highlights Impact of Town Hall Protests

    08/12/2009 4:05:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 828+ views
    abc ^ | 8/12/09 | SUSAN PAGE
    Protests at Town Halls Have Succeeded in Fueling Opposition Among AmericansThe raucous protests at congressional town hall meetings have succeeded in fueling opposition to proposed health care bills among some Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — particularly the independents who tend to be at the center of political debates. In a survey of 1,000 adults taken Tuesday, 34% say the sometimes heated protests at sessions held by members of Congress have made them more sympathetic to the protesters' views; 21% say they are less sympathetic. Independents by 2-1, 35%-16%, say they are more sympathetic to the protesters now. The...
  • NJ Poll: Obama Losing the Middle

    08/12/2009 6:34:36 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 44 replies · 2,042+ views
    RealClear Politics ^ | 8/12/09 | RCP
    New poll from Quinnipiac University (August 5 – 9, 1,301 RV, MoE +/- 2.7 %) shows President Obama's approval rating slipping to 56%, a five point decline from last month and down from his high of 68% in June. As you might expect, Republican and Democratic attitudes about Obama are already fixed, so Obama's job rating decline in New Jersey this month is driven entirely by defections among Independent voters. As you can see from the graphic below, Obama has lost a net of 19 points in his job rating with Independents in the last month, and is upside down...
  • Swing Voters Don't Want Big Government

    11/06/2008 7:19:35 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 55 replies · 2,201+ views
    WSJ ^ | November 06, 2008 | PAT TOOMEY
    Barack Obama and congressional Democrats won big on Tuesday night, but they should not mistake their victory for a big-government mandate. The evidence tells a very different story. A poll commissioned by the Club for Growth in 12 swing congressional districts over the past weekend shows that the voters who made the difference in this election still prefer less government -- lower taxes, less spending and less regulation -- to Sen. Obama's economic liberalism. Turns out, Americans didn't vote for Mr. Obama and Democratic congressional candidates because they support their redistributionist agenda, but because they are fed up with the...
  • IBD/TIPP: O-46.7, M-44.6, U-8.7 (McCain gains 2.4 points!)

    11/02/2008 9:22:31 AM PST · by tatown · 177 replies · 6,715+ views
    TIPP ^ | 11/2 | TIPP
    Day 21: IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll The race tightened again Sunday as independents who'd been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates.
  • IBD/TIPP 11/2/08: O: 46.7; M: 44.6; U: 8.7

    11/02/2008 9:24:06 AM PST · by freespirited · 102 replies · 2,705+ views
    The race tightened again Sunday as independents who'd been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates.
  • Why Palin softened her rhetoric - Shift, in Henderson, to message aimed at women reflects polling

    10/23/2008 1:53:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies · 1,657+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wed, Oct 22, 2008 (2:42 p.m.) | J. Patrick Coolican
    Steve Marcus Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, poses with supporters Tuesday in Henderson at a rally that produced a change in the candidate’s tone.*********************************************** Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unveiled a new stump speech before a crowd of thousands at the Henderson Pavilion, appealing directly to women and softening her overall tone. “It’s about time we shattered that glass ceiling once and for all,” said Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. And the chant went up: “Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!” Palin offered a range of women- and family-friendly policy proposals not usually heard from Republican candidates. She called for...
  • Survey Shows 62 Percent of Small Business Owners May Cross Party Lines This Election

    10/17/2008 2:58:49 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 46 replies · 2,090+ views
    Market Watch ^ | Oct. 17, 2008 | George S. May International Company
    PARK RIDGE, Ill., Oct 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new survey by management consulting firm George S. May International shows 62 percent of small business owners said they would cross party lines this year to vote for the U.S. presidential candidate that they feel will do the most to help their business. A poll of 850 small business owners across the United States found that nearly half said they feel their business is in jeopardy with 56 percent saying the current credit crunch has adversely impacted their business: -- 23 percent cited late-paying customers and vendors -- 14 percent...
  • Obama leads among white independents

    10/17/2008 4:04:25 PM PDT · by Hadean · 52 replies · 1,927+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-17-2008 | DAVID PAUL KUHN
    Barack Obama has taken a slight lead with white independent voters for the first time in the presidential race, positioning him to capture a key demographic group that has eluded recent Democratic nominees, according to a Politico analysis of independent voting patterns. According to Gallup’s weekly average of some 6,400 registered voters, Obama now holds a 45 percent-43 percent edge over Republican John McCain with white independents. About eight in 10 independents are white. Should Obama’s support hold, he is positioned to become the first Democrat to win white independents in a two-man race since the advent of exit polling....
  • Shift in Jewish vote expected

    10/17/2008 2:17:37 AM PDT · by tomymind · 45 replies · 1,714+ views
    An evangelist and Middle East expert believes a substantial number of Jewish voters in the U.S. will vote for John McCain because they are deeply concerned about a Barack Obama presidency. Tom Doyle serves as the Middle East director for the strategic church-planting ministry e3 Partners, and recently released his new book Two Nations Under God: Why You Should Care About Israel. Not only does Doyle believe the people of Israel are nervous about a possible Barack Obama presidency, he believes a growing number of Jewish voters in the America feel the same. GOP and Democratic logos"Jews who live in...
  • 4,134 cast ballots for president

    10/04/2008 10:37:05 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 15 replies · 755+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 4, 2008 | Mark Niquette
    4,134 cast ballots for president Saturday, October 4, 2008 3:20 AM By Mark Niquette THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Ohio State University student Lauren Slutzky didn't want to risk having to wait for hours in a long line to vote on Election Day. Eddie Booker, 68, of Columbus, has never voted before but wanted to be a part of history this year. Both are among the thousands of Franklin County residents who went to Veterans Memorial during the opening days of early absentee voting this week, getting registered if they weren't on the rolls and casting ballots for the Nov. 4 election....
  • McCain: "I have great respect for Al Gore."

    10/02/2008 5:27:12 PM PDT · by mike-zed · 123 replies · 5,936+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 2, 2008 | Jeff Mason
    He said he would involve former Vice President Al Gore in efforts to address the issue. "I would tap him, I would tap people who have been involved in these issues for many years." McCain noted that he disagreed with the Nobel Peace Prize winner about nuclear energy but added, "I have great respect for Al Gore."
  • Obama swings more uncommitted voters than McCain following debate

    09/27/2008 5:43:37 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 25 replies · 1,333+ views
    dailyindia ^ | 0902708
    Washington, Sept 27: If one goes by a poll conducted minutes after Friday night's debate between Republican candidate John McCain and his Democrat opponent Barack Obama last night, the former is seen garnering more uncommitted voters than the latter. 46 percent of voters surveyed said their opinion of Obama got better tonight, while 32 percent said their opinion of McCain got better, reported cbsnews.com. The poll was conducted on over 500 voters, who haven't yet decided who they would vote for and also those who have chosen a candidate but may still change their minds. 39 percent of uncommitted voters...
  • Respecting the space Sarah Palin fills in public life

    09/21/2008 1:57:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 189+ views
    Pamela Brown came to see the equation-changer for herself. She is a musician, teacher, and JFK assassination buff from Eden Prairie who stood in the mob at Friday's John McCain-Sarah Palin rally at an airplane hangar in Blaine. Brown said she shifted from the Democratic side to 'undecided' when McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, named Palin, the Alaska governor, as his running mate. "She changed the equation,'' said Brown, who said she voted Democratic in the last two presidential elections but also has "a brick with my name on it in the Reagan library." She sees Palin as a refreshing...
  • Churchgoing Catholics returning to GOP fold

    09/20/2008 3:51:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 230+ views
    Axcess News ^ | September 20, 2008 | Ben Arnoldy
    Observant Catholics are returning to the Republican fold now that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has joined the GOP ticket - a shift that looks to be more enduring than a postconvention bounce. If the trend sticks, it will mark a partial setback for Democrats and the Obama campaign, who have vied vigorously for the pivotal votes of Roman Catholics. Before the national political conventions, presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain were about splitting the votes of white Catholics who attend church weekly. That was a weak showing for the GOP's Senator McCain; in 2004, President Bush carried this group...
  • 'She's one of us': Palin wins over Obama women

    09/12/2008 5:39:50 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 23 replies · 115+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 9/13/08 | Tim Reid
    Jessica Goral had pretty much made up her mind two weeks ago: she was going to vote for Barack Obama. Then John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running-mate. “She empowers a lot of women,” said Mrs Goral, a mother of two in Macomb County – a national bellwether in the battleground state of Michigan and an area rich in white, working-class swing voters who will play an important role in deciding the election in November. “I like that she’s a brand new mother, and that she has the courage to stand behind her pregnant daughter. She relates to working...
  • Dude Dads (Forget Sarah Palin. The swing voters to watch might look more like her husband, Todd)

    09/09/2008 10:47:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 162+ views
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 | Bruce Reed
    NASCAR on Ice: Every election, pollsters and pundits introduce another voter group whose views are certain to decide the outcome: soccer moms, NASCAR dads, security moms, office park dads, and (three times in the past week) Wal-Mart moms. These categories, while sometimes useful, share an important methodological flaw: On Election Day, when undecided voters finally make up their minds, exit pollsters don't ask them where they work or where they shop, what sports they watch or what games their children play. Exit polls eschew these trendy questions in favor of boring demographic perennials like age, race, gender, education, and income...
  • Verbatim: Lieberman Uses Historic Moment To Ask Dems To Vote For McCain

    09/03/2008 5:35:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 133+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 3, 2008 | Sen. Joe Lieberman
    Following is the speech that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrats' candidate for vice president in 2000, prepared for delivery to the Republican Convention on Tuesday night.Thank you for that warm welcome. I am honored to be here. We meet tonight in the wake of a terrible storm that has hit the Gulf Coast but that hurts all of us, because we are all members of our larger American family. At times like this, we set aside all that divides us, and we come together to help our fellow citizens in need. What matters is certainly not whether we are Democrats...
  • Political Realities May Pose a Test to Obama’s Appeal to Young Voters

    08/31/2008 8:05:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 178+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 30, 2008 | Michael Falcone
    DENVER — Ian Bowman-Henderson scraped together $300 — cashing in his high school graduation checks — to pay for a round-trip plane ticket from Cincinnati to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. But as the week wore on, he said he was not sure if the money had been well spent. Mr. Bowman-Henderson, 19, and some other young voters who were part of the nucleus of Mr. Obama’s presidential bid said the convention process had left them marginalized as more centrist views on issues like offshore drilling took hold. “We understand the politics of compromise and that Senator Obama has...
  • Fla. lawmakers: Elderly resisting Obama [State Rep Geller on old Jews-almost a mob mentality]

    08/26/2008 6:03:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 61 replies · 164+ views
    JTA ^ | 08/26/2008
    Barack Obama has problems with Jewish seniors in Florida, say two Democratic lawmakers there. Florida state Sen. Nan Rich told JTA that Obama surrogates have been “shocked” by the hostility they have encountered at condominiums in her area aimed at their candidate. Steve Geller, who serves as the Democratic minority leader in the Florida state Senate and represents parts of Broward County, said he was nearly chased out of the "condos" -- shorthand for retirement communities -- when he said he backed Obama. "I've noticed almost a mob mentality," Geller said. "I can change people's minds in a group of...
  • Message of change will doom Barack Obama, swing voters warn

    08/25/2008 10:37:27 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 26 replies · 282+ views
    Telegraph ^ | August 26, 2008 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama will lose the November election to John McCain unless he overhauls his message of change, outlines specific plans and reassures Americans that he is one of them, according to swing voters in Denver. The results of a focus group held by Frank Luntz, the leading American pollster, on the eve of the Democratic convention should sound alarm bells for the Obama campaign after a month in which Mr McCain, the Republican, has drawn level in the polls. "The way that he gets here to the Democratic nomination - 'change' - is not how he gets there, to the...
  • McCain reminds voters of Obama's 'bitter' gaffe

    08/14/2008 2:17:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies · 87+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2008 | S.A. Miller
    Sen. John McCain reminded Pennsylvanians Tuesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama said the state's small-town voters "cling to guns and religion" because they are "bitter," a gaffe that possibly contributed to Mr. Obama's loss in the state primary and might haunt his general election campaign in this battleground. Mr. McCain told a town hall meeting that this state's voters are the "heartland," and "beam of hope and liberty for everyone in the world." His reprise of the "bitter" flap - an off-the-cuff remark made by Mr. Obama at a private fundraising event in San Francisco prior to...