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Exploring the Other Big 2016 Question: What’s Next for the GOP?

The number one political story in any presidential election year is the race itself – the fight to win the White House. But the 2016 race presents a storyline that might be thought of as story 1A, what will the

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Watching the March 8 Primary Results

There are two states that matter most on the primary calendar Tuesday night, Michigan and Mississippi. They carry the most delegates and they will answer important questions for both Democrats and Republicans. Mississippi will test whether front-runners Hillary Clinton and

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Breaking Down the Country for 2016

For the coming presidential election, the American Communities Project is breaking down the nation’s 3,100 counties with a simpler, seven-category map. The new map merges the Project’s current 15 types and will make it easier for the ACP to analyze

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What The Early 2016 Head-to-Heads Show

The 2016 general election is still more than a year off, but looking at the head-to-head match-ups from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll (or the WSJ/NBC News poll) with the American Communities Project filter reveals something about the

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What Clinton’s & Sanders’ Q2 Contributions Tell Us

If you want to understand the difference between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton you can see it by looking at where their contributions come from in the American Communities Project. Both Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Sanders rely on

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Listening Posts: Trump Takes Some Hits in Iowa

As the Donald Trump-related Republican debate fallout continues, there are signs that the presidential candidate’s strong words and feud with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly may be hurting him in some places in Iowa, where the first nominating votes will

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Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and College Towns

If Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and/or Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal decide to jump into the 2016 presidential race, their actions on public universities are likely to draw attention – and recent history in Kansas suggests it could be a challenge for them.

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2014′s Economic Winners and Losers

Americans may be in a dour state, with 64% saying America is on the “wrong track” in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, but economically speaking, 2014 is ending on a high note. Consumer confidence up, unemployment and gas

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The Geography and Political Leanings of Veterans

Veterans Day is being celebrated across American today, but the nation’s veterans are not spread evenly around the country and a community’s politics can be a pretty good indicator of where they live. Looking at the nation’s through the prism

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Should ‘Prairie Populism’ Have GOP Worried in 2014 and Beyond?

Surging third-party candidates and signs of growing “prairie populism” have shaken up Senate races in Kansas and South Dakota and could create problems for Republicans in the midterm elections and beyond. In both states third-party candidates have risen in the

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