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The Takeaway

3-Way Races Complicate Political Calculus

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Competitive three-way races continue to be a rarity, but the introduction of the Tea Party has increased those numbers this election season. In states where they are taking place, third-time has not proved a charm for political analysts.Instead, it has skewed the numbers and may lead to surprising results in some critical races.

In Alaska, analysts see Tea Party Republican candidate Joe Miller splitting the moderate to liberal Republican vote between incumbent Lisa Murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, and Democrat Scott McAdams. Florida may prove a mirror-image to Alaska's three-way race: Republican Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio polls as the most likely to win the Senate seat, but after a nod from former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Charlie Crist looks set to take some ballots away from Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

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The Takeaway

Polling Trends Leading to Election Day

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pollster describe elections like a horse race for a good reason: leads shrink, grow, and change hands, until at the very end, someone crosses the finish line first, and a winner is crowned.

John Zogby, president and CEO of polling firm Zogby International has been monitoring these changes in the final days leading up to Election Day.

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It's A Free Country ®

Your Voices on Voting

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

WNYC

Today is voting day and we've asked you to call in to tell us how you feel this election — and you did!

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The Takeaway

Voters' Voices from Around the Country

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

We hear from voters from around the country about their trip to the voting booth and how they feel on election day. Text DECIDE to 69866 to tell us your voting story (download the iPhone app). Find out more.

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The Takeaway

For Senate Races, Obama's Visits Prove Mixed Blessing

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

President Obama has had a large impact on several key Senate races — for better and for worse.

In Pennsylvania's Senate race, Democrat Joe Sestak relied on Obama to rally the core group of African American voters he'll need to win the election – and it appears to be working.

But a little further south, in West Virginia, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin is facing a tough special election bid for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat — and has been repeatedly called a "rubber stamp" for Obama.

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The Takeaway

Previewing the Senate's Likely 'Tea Party Bloc'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Tea Party has grown up fast. Back in April, the news was dominated by images of scrappy rallies and angry voters. By November, Tea Party groups have backed some candidates who seem poised to win their races, and the movement has acquired both serious financial backing and a "godfather" waiting to help them establish power when (or if) they arrive in the Senate this January.

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The Takeaway

Tight Races Could Lead To Recounts

Monday, November 01, 2010

On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots, bringing mid-term election season to a close. Unless, of course, some races are too close to call. Polls show that close Senate and gubernatorial races in Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio and Florida could require recounts.

It’s an anxiety-inducing thought — and could potentially leave the House and the Senate hanging in the balance while the chads (or the absentee ballots, or the broken machines) get sorted.

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It's A Free Blog

The Bias that Won't Go Away

Monday, November 01, 2010

WNYC

The 2010 elections have demonstrated that sexism is alive and well in politics. Yesterday Carl Paladino shamelessly referred to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as Chuck Schumer's little girl. Twice.

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The Takeaway

Live with Todd Zwillich on Election Night

Monday, November 01, 2010

After months of debate and campaigning, the moment of decision is almost here. Join Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, for live analysis of the returns, interviews with his reporters in the field and questions from you.

Todd will help you visualize the results with real-life objects far more vivid than the virtual displays used by other news organizations. We have cardboard cutouts of the main candidates. We have a giant map of the U.S. that one can actually touch. And we'll bring our statistics to delicious life by show you pie charts made from real pie (what's more American than apple pie charts?).

Why watch cable TV when you watch the lo-fi version at TheTakeaway.org? Tune in at 7 p.m. Eastern.

And don't forget to help us report from your polling place after you vote.

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The Takeaway

Sanity Checking Last Minute Political Ads

Monday, November 01, 2010

Tomorrow is election day and candidates on both sides of the ballot are throwing their final pitch to voters. But are candidates trying to get away with throwing curve balls? We do a sanity check on various last-ditch ad campaigns with PolitiFact editor Bill Adair.

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Immigrants Key In Union Election Effort

Sunday, October 31, 2010

WNYC

For many immigrants in the union, working on political campaigns is sometimes the first time in their lives they’ve been engaged in the democratic process.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: The MTA

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, talk about what the elections might mean for the MTA.

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After the Midterms...

Friday, October 29, 2010

WNYC
Obama's brand has changed so much and he has lost so much altitude with so many of the key constiuencies that he was so strong with in 2008.

-John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Gazing into Mid-Term Election's Crystal Ball

Friday, October 29, 2010

Four days away from the mid-term elections, there remain a few unpredictable Senate and Congressional races that could shift the national balance of political power. As the hours tick by, what will bring out the critical voters in states like Washington, West Virginia or Illinois?  

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The Takeaway

Obama Voters from 2008 Revisit Their Choice

Friday, October 29, 2010

They voted for Obama in 2008. Two years later, things have changed. Pat Gallagher from Louisville, Alice Craft-Kerney from New Orleans, and Illya Davis from Atlanta join us to talk about their feelings about President Obama at the halfway mark of his first term.  

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The Takeaway

With One in Three Voters Still Undecided, A Look at the 'Persuadables'

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With just five days left until mid-term elections, Republicans and Democrats alike going to be making lots phone calls and knocking on lots of doors, trying to reach out and talk to undecided voters — or as they’re called in polling circles, “persuadables.” That little semantic shift that reveals how desirable these voters are and what lengths a campaign will go to in order to get them. 

But who are these persuadables? And what exactly do they need to be persuaded?

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The Takeaway

Five Senate Races That Tell the Story of the 2010 Elections

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With so many tight political races around the country, it can be hard to determine which are the bellwethers, which ones to watch. But there are a few Senate races whose dramatic stories have resonated across the country. Their outcome will not only change the actors on the political stage, but also the narratives taking place in Washington for years to come.

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WNYC News

Candididates Claim Comptroller's Fight: Albany Insider v. Wall Street Titan

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The campaign for state comptroller has focused on two images that New Yorkers seem to like the least these days -- Albany's corrupt political culture and Wall Street titans. Both candidates in the race are tarring one another with these associations.

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The Takeaway

Can Black Voters Tip the Scales for the Democrats?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In 2008, African-American voters came out in record numbers to vote for Barack Obama. This week, President Obama began a media push to reach out to those same voters, appearing as a call-in guest on The Tom Joyner Show and the Al Sharpton Show, among others. But will it be possible to convince previously excited "Yes We Can" supporters to vote, even without Obama on the ballot?

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The Takeaway

Outside Groups Spend Big as Elections Approach

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year. 

But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars? 

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