Election Articles

'Spoiler' Candidate Pulls Out in Connecticut Gubernatorial Race, Endorses Republican Foley

7:36 AM, Nov 03, 2014

In the eleventh hour, unaffiliated conservative candidate Joe Visconti gifted the Tom Foley campaign with a much appreciated present.

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The Second Obamacare Election

The voters haven’t changed their minds.
Oct 27, 2014

A Gallup survey earlier this month showing that Americans oppose Obamacare by a margin of 53 to 41 percent was  the 150th poll listed by Real Clear Politics during President Obama’s second term to find Obamacare unpopular. The number that found it to be popular was zero. 

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Hogan's Heroics?

Chris Christie to Maryland as governor's race shows signs of tightening.
12:01 PM, Oct 15, 2014

Every election year, it seems, there’s a race that catches the political set in Washington by surprise. It’s possible that we’ve already seen the 2014 version of this with the defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor, a result few anticipated and fewer still predicted.

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Hayes Podcast: Obama Administration's 'Unsettling' Performance On Ebola Won't Help Dems In 2014

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:35 PM, Oct 14, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on ebola in the U.S., the administration's response, and how ebola is impacting close senate races in 2014.

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60 Percent of Voters Want Obamacare to Be Repealed

6:02 AM, Oct 01, 2014

A new poll finds that three-fifths of likely voters support the repeal of Obamacare.  A large plurality — 44 percent — wants to see Obamacare repealed and replaced with a conservative alternative. A much smaller group —16 percent — wants to see it repealed but not replaced. Less than one in three respondents — 32 percent — would like to keep Obamacare, whether in its current form or in amended form.  So, with a conservative alternative in play, 60 percent of Americans support repeal, while only 32 percent oppose it.

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The Afghan Election: Without Votes, Results—and an End

8:08 AM, Sep 22, 2014

With the announcement in Kabul of a power-sharing government between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan election comes closer to a resolution. What is missing, however, is an actual result. The “national unity government” was one part of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry back in July, when preliminary official results gave Ghani a massive victory, and Abdullah threatened to pull out of the process, claiming massive fraud had taken place. After two months of an audit overseen by the UN, when every ballot box was re-examined—something unprecedented in electoral history—a final result was reached. The result was given last week in secret to the candidates, but not to the public.

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Who Gets to Draw the Lines?

An electoral blind spot for conservatives.
Jul 28, 2014

It looks like Florida legislators are heading back to the drawing board—literally. On July 10, Tallahassee circuit court judge Terry Lewis ruled that the GOP-run legislature violated the state constitution by redrawing two congressional districts “with the intention of obtaining enacted maps .  .  . that would favor the Republican party.” The state won’t be appealing the decision, and, following the 2014 midterm elections, the legislature will have to approve a new map.

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Kristol Podcast: GOP Needs to Play Offense

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:55 PM, May 16, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on why the GOP shouldn't rest on its laurels when it comes to poll numbers and why they should continue the offensive through to November.

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Obamacare in 2014

Republicans will run on it. Democrats will run away from it.
Dec 02, 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee, is nothing if not dedicated to the cause. “You’re darn right our candidates are going to run on the advantage that Obamacare will be going into the 2014 election,” she recently told CNN.

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Something Clinton This Way Comes

Will the GOP be ready?
Nov 18, 2013

The governorship of Virginia has been held by some of the most eminent men in American history: Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Randolph, Henry Lee, James Monroe. And now, Terry McAuliffe will sit in their chair. Depressing?

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Could Obamacare Sink McAuliffe?

12:40 PM, Nov 03, 2013

Could the focus on Obamacare in the last couple of weeks before Tuesday's Virginia gubernatorial election enable the Republican nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, to come from behind in the homestretch? He's run a pretty awful campaign so far, and has been trailing badly for months, but ...

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The Day That Made Obama

September 15, 2008.
10:58 AM, Sep 19, 2013

Sunday was September 15. It's an important anniversary, because it's the day that gave us President Barack Obama.

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Algeria and Its Islamists

A presidential succession fraught with peril.
Aug 19, 2013

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algiers on July 16 after three months in a hospital in Paris. His health will prevent him from running for reelection in April, and it’s unclear whether he can run the country until then. As a result, the contest over his succession is already gearing up, and the Islamists are first out of the starting blocks. The United States and the European Union—along with China, a major presence in energy-rich Algeria—are closely monitoring this latest round in the continuing struggle over the Islamists’ role in government and society.

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The White House’s Peculiar Obamacare Delay

7:15 AM, Jul 03, 2013

The Obama administration must have been hearing some awfully threatening noises from the business community lately, because its unilateral delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate, from 2014 to 2015, is otherwise very difficult to explain. The delay is an embarrassing move for the White House and will create some serious new headaches for Obamacare’s defenders.

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NYTimes Edits Out 'I Hope The New York Times Building Burns Down' Quotation

11:36 AM, Jun 14, 2013

An article about the Iranian presidential election, published online earlier today, included this quotation from the father of Noushin Sobhani, a 31-year-old Iranian gynecologist: 

“We hate America,” her father said, smiling. “I hope The New York Times building burns down.”

It's been changed. It now reads: 

“We hate America,” her father said, smiling.

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Hillyer to the Hill!

1:46 PM, May 24, 2013

Following in the footsteps of other TWS contributors who've run for Congress (e.g., Jim Webb in 2006 and Tom Cotton in 2012), Quin Hillyer has thrown his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination in the First Congressional District of Alabama, where incumbent Jo Bonner announced yesterday he'll be resigning as of August 15.

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Dem. Congressman on IRS Scandal: 'More Important than One Election'

9:31 AM, May 22, 2013

The Democratic ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, said that today's IRS hearing "is more important than one election":

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State Dept. Spokeswoman Refuses to Criticize Iran for Excluding Women Candidates from Election

“We want this [election] to be free and fair. There’s a lot of ways to, of course, define that.”
1:01 PM, May 20, 2013


State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to criticize Iran for excluding women candidates from the upcoming "election" there. The remarkable exchange, which concludes with Psaki saying this (“We want this [election] to be free and fair. There’s a lot of ways to, of course, define that.”) happened at Friday's press briefing.

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Dem Candidate Listed Twice on Ballot in South Carolina Special Election

8:47 AM, May 07, 2013

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot. Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.

The special election is today. Here's a screen shot of the ballot those South Carolina voters will see today, courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission:

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State Dept. Refuses to Say Whether Papal Election Meets 'Free and Fairness Standard'

6:21 AM, Mar 15, 2013

An odd exchange at the State Department press briefing, via the official transcript:

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Democratic Governors: GOP Stole the House Elections

11:45 AM, Feb 12, 2013

With President Obama's State of the Union Address coming up to night, the Washington Post's David Ignatus is wondering:

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Even a 5-Point Swing Wouldn’t Have Saved Romney

2:47 PM, Dec 27, 2012

As we survey the political wreckage of 2012, it’s worth highlighting once again that Republicans lost the presidential election for two main reasons:  They failed to get their best candidates to run, and their eventual nominee failed to make the case to voters.  The result was a relatively lopsided defeat.  In fact, if Mitt Romney had managed to swing the margin by 5 points in his direction in each and every state, he still would have lost (272 electoral votes to 266).

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Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons?

9:41 AM, Nov 28, 2012

As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle.

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With Election Over, the News Flows Freely

9:30 AM, Nov 12, 2012

We heard throughout the campaign of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy. That was then. This is now. About 48 hours after he was assured of reelection, the president’s Interior Department issued a plan to close to oil shale development 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West to oil.

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Words of Wisdom from Tuck and Yeats

9:31 AM, Nov 07, 2012

Two thoughts for those TWS readers who—for some reason!—may be a bit down in the dumps, and especially for those who may have spent considerable time and effort trying to secure a better outcome on Election Day 2012.

"The people have spoken, the bastards."

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An Election Night Guide

6:00 AM, Nov 06, 2012

Since the House passed Obamacare 961 days ago, on March 21, 2010 — two days before President Obama signed it into law — all eyes have been on November 6, 2012.  As Bill Kristol wrote on March 22, 2010:

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Why Romney Will Win

12:20 PM, Nov 05, 2012

Mitt Romney will win.  The tie in the polls goes to the challenger. Here’s why:

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Rahm Politicizes Sandy; Offers Help to Dem. Mayors, but Not Republican Governors

4:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm. 

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New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47

4:00 AM, Oct 29, 2012

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent.  The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

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The Divorce Papers Behind the Allred Allegations

5:18 PM, Oct 24, 2012

Attorney Gloria Allred has reportedly been planning a pre-Election Day surprise targeting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The key for the attention-seeking lawyer, it seems, is to uncover "Mitt Romney’s 1991 testimony in the divorce of Staples founder Tom Stemberg," the Boston Globe reports. But a document revealing the judge's ruling on the case in 1994 suggests the case has long been legally settled.

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