Stories in Election History
November 9, 2012
On November 6, President Obama was reelected with roughly 100 electoral votes more than challenger Mitt Romney. What went wrong for Romney? Are there lessons the Republican Party should take away from the presidential and congressional outcomes?
October 1, 2012
As the millennial generation becomes old enough to vote, we should expect to see the impact of the TV debate change in significant ways.
September 7, 2012
After the conventions, polling bounce for Romney and Obama is negligible. Are bounces declining, and do they even matter by November?
March 16, 2012
Women are the coveted demographic of the moment. Republican candidates have been getting attention — both positive and negative — with their stances on birth control and abortion. Obama is launching a big push to attract women voters. How important will women be this November, and how swingable is their vote?
February 28, 2012
In 2008, the millennial generation was critical in putting Barack Obama in the White House. Four years later, millennials seem to be tuned out.
December 18, 2009
The Aughties? The Ohs? Whatever you call them, the years 2000 through 2009 were eventful ones. Marc Cooper of the USC Annenberg School recalls the media moments that captured our attention: September 11, Obama’s election, the expansion of presidential power...
November 13, 2009
On November 3, voters decided on a range
of issues in various states, delivering defeats and victories
for gay rights, and rejecting tax limits.
November 13, 2009
Eighty percent of voters think this state is heading in the wrong direction, finds the new USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll. While 60 percent approve of the job President Obama is doing, 62 percent are disillusioned with Gov. Schwarzenegger. USC’s Dan Schnur wonders whether the shine is off the Golden State.
October 16, 2009
When former President Bill Clinton came to California to stump for gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, he may have acted on a long history of political grudges dating back to 1992. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, traces the tangled tale.
July 17, 2009
Conventional wisdom has the Grand Old Party on life support, its image dominated not by ideas but by infidelity distractions and the prospect of a conservative revival tour by the soon-to-be-former governor
of Alaska. USC’s Dan Schnur, who led communications for McCain 2000, points the way out of the wilderness.