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If voter turnout stayed exactly as it did in 2008 (impossible, I know, but hear me out) then 11,000-some new voters would push Hawaii out of last place for voter participation. There are plenty of caveats, since turnout obviously won’t be the same as it was, thanks to Superstorm Sandy and a host of other factors. But my takeaway is this: Hawaii is really close. That’s an attainable goal.
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ireportcnn:

cnnchangethelist:

If voter turnout stayed exactly as it did in 2008 (impossible, I know, but hear me out) then 11,000-some new voters would push Hawaii out of last place for voter participation. There are plenty of caveats, since turnout obviously won’t be the same as it was, thanks to Superstorm Sandy and a host of other factors. But my takeaway is this: Hawaii is really close. That’s an attainable goal.

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A new CNN/ORC International poll shows an extremely tight race in Colorado. With 50% of likely voters supporting Obama and 48% backing Romney, it’s a statistical dead heat with the margin well within the survey’s sampling error. Here’s a look at the voting history in Colorado since 1964. In 10 of the last 12 elections, the winning presidential candidate won the state.
CNN Poll: Tight race in Rocky Mountain battleground

A new CNN/ORC International poll shows an extremely tight race in Colorado. With 50% of likely voters supporting Obama and 48% backing Romney, it’s a statistical dead heat with the margin well within the survey’s sampling error. Here’s a look at the voting history in Colorado since 1964. In 10 of the last 12 elections, the winning presidential candidate won the state.

CNN Poll: Tight race in Rocky Mountain battleground

The winning presidential candidate has won Florida in 11 of the past 12 elections. With eight days to go until Election Day, a new CNN/ORC International poll indicates an extremely tight race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes. 50% of likely Florida voters say they are backing Republican nominee Mitt Romney and 49% are supporting President Barack Obama. The former Massachusetts governor’s one point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error.
CNN Poll: Romney 50% – Obama 49% in Florida

The winning presidential candidate has won Florida in 11 of the past 12 elections. With eight days to go until Election Day, a new CNN/ORC International poll indicates an extremely tight race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes. 50% of likely Florida voters say they are backing Republican nominee Mitt Romney and 49% are supporting President Barack Obama. The former Massachusetts governor’s one point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error.

CNN Poll: Romney 50% – Obama 49% in Florida


According to CNN analysts, critical swing state North Carolina is no longer a true toss-up. The Tar Heel state is starting to lean towards Romney. Obama’s win of NC in 2008 made him the first Democrat since 1976 to carry North Carolina in a presidential election.
CNN: What does NC’s shift mean for the campaign?

According to CNN analysts, critical swing state North Carolina is no longer a true toss-up. The Tar Heel state is starting to lean towards Romney. Obama’s win of NC in 2008 made him the first Democrat since 1976 to carry North Carolina in a presidential election.

CNN: What does NC’s shift mean for the campaign?

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What a difference a state makes. Ad spending and visits by both campaigns in October - Ohio vs Hawaii. From the CNN/Google Campaign Tracker.

From our friends at CNN’s Change the List project. Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout in the country, while Ohio is a critical swing state.

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What a difference a state makes. Ad spending and visits by both campaigns in October - Ohio vs Hawaii. From the CNN/Google Campaign Tracker.

From our friends at CNN’s Change the List project. Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout in the country, while Ohio is a critical swing state.


President Barack Obama made history during the final 2012 debate Monday night. He tied former President George W. Bush for the most appearances in presidential general election debates with six each. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were both in five presidential debates. Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan each appeared in four.
CNN: See how the presidency and the debates have aged Obama

President Barack Obama made history during the final 2012 debate Monday night. He tied former President George W. Bush for the most appearances in presidential general election debates with six each. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were both in five presidential debates. Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan each appeared in four.

CNN: See how the presidency and the debates have aged Obama

A meme made for music

The most tweeted moment of the final presidential debate was a comment from President Obama about military spending, delivered as though his campaign team already had visions of Tumblrs and Twitters dancing in their heads: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916,” Obama said. “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

Naturally, Twitter lit up with funny responses, many of them about indie rock. (Because “Horses and Bayonets” is totally a band name, right?) Anyway, in honor of a meme made for music, we built a little playlist. 

CNN: How ‘horses and bayonets’ reveals Obama’s debate strategy

One of the most tense moments of the second presidential debate last night came early on, in a question about energy policy. The candidates talked over one another and walked forward and back in what we like to call a “debate two-step.”
CNN: Watch Obama and Romney clash over energy

One of the most tense moments of the second presidential debate last night came early on, in a question about energy policy. The candidates talked over one another and walked forward and back in what we like to call a “debate two-step.”

CNN: Watch Obama and Romney clash over energy