March 29, 2017

Archives for October 2010

Leading Special Interest Groups

In a comparison of the first 4 weeks of October 2010 and the first 4 weeks of October 2006, the current midterm cycle has seen a sharp increase in the volume of political broadcasts that special-interest groups fund. This increase is attributable to 2 particular interest groups. First, the Chamber of Commerce has spent $20,139,723 […]

Special Interests Continue to Splurge

After a Supreme Court ruling in January, there is no longer a limit for how much special-interest groups can contribute to electioneering communications, which are special-interest group funded political broadcasts either 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election. In the 4th week of October, there were 2.5x’s more (254%) electioneering […]

Tea Party Senate Race Facts

Among the 8 Senate candidates affiliated with the Tea Party, 4 are poised for victory: Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Three of the remaining 4 candidates are in toss-up races, AK, NV, & CO, while the race in Delaware favors Democrats. Within a […]

Obama’s Senate Seat Barely a Toss Up

The latest polls of the Illinois Senate race show the Republican candidate Mark Kirk with a 3% lead over the Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias. While this lead is slight and within the margin of error, it has been the consistent result of the last 6 polls of the race. The last time Giannoulias polled higher […]

Incumbent Senators Who Could Lose

In addition to the 8 incumbents who have already lost in 2010, there are 4 more incumbent Senators who could also become casualties of the 2010 elections: Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Patty Murray of Washington, Harry Reid of Nevada, and Michael Bennet of Colorado. While 3 of these 4 races are considered toss ups, the […]

Gross Domestic Product Edges Up

Following a 1.7% growth rate in the gross domestic product in the 2nd quarter, the GDP grew 2.0% in the 3rd quarter, according to a report [.pdf] released today from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This rate of growth, however, is sluggish in comparison to the past. The typical GDP growth rate over the past […]

West Virginia Senate Race Sways

The West Virginian Senate race to replace late Senator Robert Byrd has gone back and forth between Democratic candidate Joe Manchin, who is also the current Governor in West Virginia, and Republican candidate John Raese, a successful businessman. The 2 polls of the race released this week show Manchin with a lead between 3% and […]

Washington Remains a Toss-Up

The Washington Senate race between Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican candidate Dino Rossi is still up for grabs. Murray has been ahead in the last 4 polls of this race, but her lead has been between 1% and 3%, which is also within the margin of error for each of the polls. At best, […]