Tag Archives: 2016 presidential campaign

California is Unusual

There is an underappreciated reason for the arguments about the electoral college: California is so unusual in how partisan it is. If California were not part of the United States, Trump would have won 58,501,018 votes, which is roughly 47.74% … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not a Democrat (or Independent)

Something I’ve been thinking about for a while is why I’m not a Democrat. I’ve pretty much answered the question before about why I am personally a Republican, but I haven’t specifically addressed the flipside. In some political discussions, this … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: On considering race and gender for political appointments

In his piece about the advantages African-American candidates have in presidential primaries, Ben Smith suggested that “the Romney/ Ryan debacle did probably guarantee one thing: That the Republican Party will never again present a ticket with two white men on … Continue reading

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The next presidential landslide

It’s been a while since we’ve had a true landslide presidential election. The general definition has been 55% of the popular vote. Clinton’s 1996 reelection comes close, as he did beat Dole by 8.5%, even if he didn’t get a majority … Continue reading

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Thursday Throwback: Changing Election Laws

Several years ago, there was a brief discussion about whether Republicans might change the law, so that key swing states, the electoral votes would go to the winner of congressional districts. This is the current system for Maine and Nebraska. … Continue reading

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Florida Voters

A weird thing about Florida. In the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections, turnout in Florida was higher than in Texas, despite Texas having a much higher population. In 2012, 8,474,179 voters came out in Florida compared to 8,077,795 in Texas. New York … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Chris Christie As An Independent

I found this in the drafts section from a few years back. It’s pretty clear things have gone in a different direction. Here’s what I wrote then… In a shameless bit of link bait, Joe Concha of Mediaite suggested Chris … Continue reading

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