Tag Archives: John McCain

Don’t Overrate Barack Obama’s Campaign

In the 2008 presidential election, Senator John McCain ran the better campaign.

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The White Female Vote in 2008

What if only white females voted in the 2008 presidential election? This is the type of question social scientists and individuals like me love to explore, and which everybody else presumably finds quite boring. More fascinating still, there is actually … Continue reading

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Analyzing Obama’s Weak Spots – Part 1

This is the first part of three posts analyzing the congressional districts President Barack Obama underperformed in. The second part can be found here. Congressional Districts By most accounts, Senator Barack Obama dominated the 2008 presidential election. He won an … Continue reading

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Where Al Gore Did Better than Barack Obama: What Conventional Wisdom Doesn’t Tell You

Several days after the 2008 presidential election, the New York Times produced a famous map of voting shifts since 2004.  Most politics buffs have seen this map; according to it, Appalachia “voted more Republican, while the rest of the nation … Continue reading

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The Solid South

It is a popular today to say that the South has switched from voting Democratic to Republican. Many people are fond of looking at previous electoral maps. Hey, isn’t that funny – the states have completely switched parties. It’s like … Continue reading

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(Part of) The Reason Why Blacks Vote Democratic

In 1972 Richard Nixon won 18 percent of the black vote, according to New York Times exit polling. In 2008, John McCain won 4 percent of the black vote. The conventional explanation for this has something to do with civil … Continue reading

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