While it may only appeal to an election nerd like myself, I think one of the most fascinating developments taking place this election is the early voting numbers. There is an incredible divergence between who is winning the early vote nationally and who is winning it in the swing states.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 1, 2012 12:03 pm|
|By: Christina Bellantoni Saturday October 27, 2012 1:59 pm|
Why do we vote? Why do some stay home? And with the right persuasion techniques, can the political industrial complex manipulate those patterns?
These important questions are at the heart of a new book exploring the science behind campaigning, because for all the hullabaloo made over television ads, this election will be won and lost by the ground game.
The Victory Lab, The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, by journalist Sasha Issenberg, has been called the Moneyball of politics. It takes readers into the minds of pollsters and field operatives to reveal some of the tactics behind getting-out-the-vote.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 26, 2012 11:45 am|
There is still the real possibility that Mitt Romney will win this election, but there is no doubt which candidate has the more dominant campaign infrastructure. By basically every metric the Obama campaign does significantly more than the Romney campaign across the entire spectrum. It has advertised more, reach out more and set up a big field operation.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:39 pm|
President Obama appears to hold a significant edge in early voting In basically every important swing state, which should given him a built-in advantage heading into November 6th. The Obama campaign ground game has been very successful at convincing Democrats and Obama supporters to cast their ballots well ahead of election day.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30 am|
Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, the large majority of that money was on Walker’s side, coming from special interests outside the state.
|By: Benjamin Kallos Sunday March 18, 2012 1:59 pm|
Ground Wars by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is an essential new bible for political campaigns locked in the everlasting battle that has become modern American politics.
This book is useful for everyone from a neophyte about to join their first campaign to career campaign operatives and consultants. Neophytes will gain a broad overview of exactly what to expect on their first campaign with the benefit of having their upcoming experience framed within the broader picture of politics. Career campaign operatives and consultants, will appreciate the book’s focus on the “ground war” as an essential component of the modern campaign as well as the historical background on how we got here, which many of them will have experienced firsthand. In the short time Nielsen spent embedded in the campaigns and in authoring this book he has managed uncover and write about what few who live and work in politics are even aware of.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 23, 2011 11:30 am|
President Obama stood yesterday in front of the Brent Spence Bridge, connecting Ohio and Kentucky, and asked John Boehner (Ohio) and Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) to pass his American Jobs Act. Now his campaign is asking supports to call Congress demanding they pass the bill.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 26, 2010 3:33 pm|
One thing is certain: the Republicans do have an X-factor in their get out the vote operations. That’s what they always use: intimidation and voter suppression. The Rand Paul curb stomping incident, seen this way, wasn’t just an expression of violence but a warning to those planning to hit the polls on Election Day.
In 2006, conservative activists repeatedly claimed that the problem of people casting fraudulent votes was so widespread that it was corrupting the political process and possibly costing their candidates victories.