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WNYC News

Historic Low Turnout in Democratic Primary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Only nine percent of voters filled out a ballot Tuesday. 

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WNYC News

Races to Watch on Primary Day

Monday, September 08, 2014

 Gotham Gazette's executive editor Ben Max talks about which races might be close.

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Polling data from the Pew Research Center finds that since 2010, the percentage of Republicans who say they agree with the Tea Party has declined by 15 percentage points, from more than half in 2010 to 36 percent today. 

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The Takeaway

Tea Party and GOP Face Off in Primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces off today against a Tea Party opponent in a primary race that has gotten a little too close for comfort. Cantor is expected to beat college professor David Brat, but the dwindling margin appears to be a rebuke of the party establishment that Cantor represents.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY 8th Candidates: Jeffries vs. Barron

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn (D-57), and Charles Barron, New York City Councilman (D-42) representing East New York and Brownsville, make their cases to be the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress seat being vacated by Ed Towns in New York's 8th District.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC; JOBS Act and Jobs Numbers; GOP Finally Coalescing Around Romney?

Monday, April 02, 2012

While the GOP Presidential contenders prepare for primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., candidate Mitt Romney garners key endorsements from Senator Rob Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan. Is the Republican Party finally coalescing around their presumptive nominee? Back in Washington, President Obama is set to sign the STOCK Act and the JOBS Act on Monday, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares to release job numbers for March on Friday. What does this mean for the future of the economy? Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Molly Ball, staff writer covering national politics for The Atlantic, explore the stories for the week ahead.

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The Takeaway

Santorum Beating Romney Despite Homecourt Advantage

Monday, February 20, 2012

Despite growing up in Detroit — and Rick Santorum's anti-bailout speech to the Detroit Economic club — the most recent polls from Michigan have Mitt Romney trailing Santorum by an average of six points. Romney has tried to curb Santorum's upswell by outspending him three to one in advertising. Given the indecisiveness of the race thus far, whether or not Romney takes Michigan could be a turning point in the nomination.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Up Next: New Hampshire

Monday, January 09, 2012

Politics reporter for New York Magazine and author of Game Change, John Heilemann, discusses what happened in this weekend's two New Hampshire debates and who stands to win and lose in tomorrow's GOP primary. 

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WNYC News

New Yorkers Mixed As Iowa Caucuses Near

Monday, January 02, 2012

On Tuesday, Iowans will go to the polls for the Iowa caucuses, the first major electoral event of 2012 presidential elections. And while the open field of GOP presidential hopefuls has amped up nationwide media coverage of the caucuses, here in New York, some voters say they're suffering from caucus fatigue.

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The Takeaway

John H. Sununu on Why He's Endorsing Romney

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mitt Romney lost the New Hampshire GOP primary to John McCain in 2008, but he's hoping 2012's primary will be different. Romney received a key endorsement from the granite state's former governor, John H. Sununu. New Hampshire will hold the first presidential primary in the nation in January after the Iowa caucuses. While Romney continues to be the front runner in the GOP race, support for the former Massachusetts governor remains tepid at best. With a history of modified positions and the albatross of "Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care reform legislation that served as a model for President Obama's health care reform, hanging around his neck, many in the GOP base question Romney's conservatism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scheduling the Primaries and the Caucuses

Monday, October 10, 2011

Josh Putnam, an assistant professor at Davidson College who studies presidential primaries and writes the blog FrontloadingHQ, discusses how states are deciding when to schedule presidential primaries and party caucuses, and how the schedule determines the candidates who get into the race.

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The Takeaway

Why New Hampshire Matters for 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Republican presidential hopefuls debated last night in New Hampshire, one of the early states that is important to win in the primaries along with Iowa. The two states are the first to hold presidential contests. The influence of Iowa and New Hampshire have made candidates pander to those states' needs, which can be markedly different than the needs of the majority of the United States. David Leonhardt, economics columnist for The New York Times explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Azi's Political Predictions

Friday, September 17, 2010

Earlier this week, WNYC reporter Azi Paybarah compiled predictions for the NY state primaries. Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek and lawyer John O'Hara talk about their predictions (they were the closest!).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

And the Nominees are…

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nate Silver, blogger for the New York TimesFive Thirty Eight blog, and Melinda Henneberger, founder and editor-in-chief of Politics Daily, discuss the results of primaries across the country.

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The Takeaway

Is There a National Picture from State Primaries?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Though the headlines this morning say the Tea Party won big last night, that narrative discounts the fact that those candidates aren't likely to win in the general election in November. So what do yesterday's primaries say about the nation's political climate?

Jeff Zeleny, national political correspondent for The New York Times, explains what the results from these state-wide races can tell us about the national political picture or whether they hinged on local issues.

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The Takeaway

Insurgency Wins Over Incumbency in Delaware, New Hampshire

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Republican primary voters in Delaware faced a much-hyped choice at the polls yesterday, and ultimately voted for Tea Party-endorsed Christine O'Donnell over moderate long-term Delaware Rep. Mike Castle. The state Republican party campaigned hard against O’Donnell, saying she is likely to lose against a Democrat in the general election. The outcome could have big consequences for which party will occupy Vice President Biden’s place in the Senate.

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WQXR News

Bloomberg Calls Voting Problems a "Royal Screw Up"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg had harsh words on primary day for the way the election was being run in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific NY Primary Exit Poll

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Throughout the show listeners call in to share how they voted.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Primary Day

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WNYC reporters Azi Paybarah and Bob Hennelly unpack the day's political news.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Limited Polling Hours

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, discusses the limited operating hours at polling stations throughout the city.

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