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States of the Union

A Weekly Feature on The Leonard Lopate Show

States of the Union

Why is New York a blue state, Wyoming a red, and Ohio a shade of purple? From now until Election Day 2008, Leonard talks to journalists, scholars, and activists from each of the 50 states to find out what motivates voters from Maine to California. We ask how national trends have been playing locally, and look beyond the White House to find out how the biggest House and Senate state races could tip the balance of power in Congress.

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States of the Union: South Carolina

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

South Carolina has voted solidly Republicans for years, but the Palmetto State’s primaries have the potential to shape the race for the nomination in both parties. We examine what happened last Saturday in the Republican contest…and what we can expect this weekend for the Democratic primary. Andrew Gobeil the managing ...


States of the Union: Nevada

Friday, January 18, 2008

With all eyes on Nevada in the days before the state’s January 19 caucus, States of the Union looks into which issues matter to Silver State voters. Nevada is one of the fastest-growing states, and it has been hit hard by the mortgage crisis. We look at how ...


States of the Union: West Virginia

Monday, December 10, 2007

West Virginia has been a Democratic stronghold for years, but it voted Republican in 2000 - and without it, Florida would not have mattered and Bush would have lost the election. Will West Virginia go Republican again in 2008? On States of the Union, find out how issues ...

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States of the Union: Illinois

Thursday, December 06, 2007

On our latest States of the Union, find out what voters care about in Illinois. Bernard Schoenburg of Springfield, Illinois’s State Journal Register tells us about an important state transportation bill, gridlock in state politics, and the state’s junior senator, Barack Obama.

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States of the Union: Texas

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

For our latest in our States of the Union election series, we talk politics in the Lone Star State. We find out about the latest debate over how to patrol the border, Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential run, and what else is going on in the state that has ...


States of the Union: Virginia

Friday, November 16, 2007

The latest in our States of the Union election series focuses on the issues that matter in Virginia. Find out why illegal immigration and gun control are hot buttons, and whether last week’s statewide elections are a good indication of how the state could vote in 2008. Tim ...

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States of the Union: Iowa

Thursday, November 08, 2007

As the Iowa caucuses approach, which issues matter most to Iowans? And are politicians doing a good job of addressing those issues? We kick off our States of the Union election feature with O. Kay Henderson from Radio Iowa.