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Election 2012

Stories in Party Politics

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?

Mitt: The Anti-Obama

May 30, 2012

Poll shows California’s Romney supporters
are motivated by opposition to Obama more than enthusiasm for their own candidate. Video.

California for Obama, Despite Gas Prices

March 26, 2012

The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll finds President Obama’s job performance rating at its highest among California voters since 2010.

Romney Is Golden State GOP Frontrunner

March 26, 2012

Mitt Romney holds a solid lead among California’s Republican voters, but 50 percent wish they had other candidates to choose from.

Californians Willing
To Raise Taxes

March 26, 2012

Voters favor raising sales taxes and taxes on the wealthy if the money goes to public schools, community colleges and public safety, poll finds.

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.

The Battle for Social Conservatives

February 9, 2012

Mitt Romney has been trying to woo the GOP’s social conservatives, while Rick Santorum has effectively countered the play for his voter base.

Reactions: New Hampshire Primary

January 13, 2012

USC’s Dan Schnur and Christian Grose analyze the results and look to South Carolina. Grose thinks new Republican primary rules could extend the battle.

The Moral Spectrum of Conservatives

January 13, 2012

The GOP candidates must keep in mind that conservatives care most about loyalty to family and nation, while libertarians value liberty. Video.

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