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Election 2012

Stories in Election History

Decision 2012: What Did We Learn?

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?

Social Media & Debates

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.

Convention Bounce

September 7, 2012

After the conventions, polling bounce for Romney and Obama is negligible. Are bounces declining, and do they even matter by November?

Courting the Female Voter

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?

Obama & The Return of the Young Voter

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.

Top 10 Political Stories of the Decade

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...

Ballot Initiative Results

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.

New Poll: Californians Short on Hope

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.

Clinton, Newsom and Revenge

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.

Reviving the Republicans: What the GOP Must Do To Take Back the Presidency

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.

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