March 29, 2017

Campaign Contribution Limits Increased

During the 2012 election cycle, individuals can now give $2,500 to each federal candidate, according to a recent announcement from the Federal Election Commission. The individual contribution limit was $2,400 during the 2010 election cycle. This $100 increase is a result of a biennial adjustment to contribution limits that is indexed according to inflation. Since […]

Top Spenders of the 2010 Elections

With the 2010 congressional elections nearly two months ago, the financial disclosure reports of each candidate’s campaign are complete. There were six Republicans and four Democrats among the top 10 spenders of the 2010 congressional elections, according to campaign finance statistics from the FEC database. Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon spent $49.9 million in the […]

Democrats & Republicans Spend More in 2010

With the completion of the 2010 campaigns, campaign finance statistics show an increased amount of spending from both Democratic and Republican candidates in the Senate. In comparison to past midterm cycles, Senate candidates in both parties spent a greater amount on campaigns than any previous election cycle. Republican candidates in the Senate spent a total […]

Poll Ratings for 2010 Governor’s Races

With all of the 2010 gubernatorial races completed, polling firms can now be graded on the accuracy of their polls. Among the 5 most popular polling firms, Left and Right News ranks SurveyUSA as having the most accurate polls, followed by PPP, CNN, Rasmussen, and Quinnipiac. These rankings consider the following statistics of each polling […]

Senate Pollster Ratings in 2010

Among the 5 most popular polling firms, including Quinnipiac, SurveyUSA, PPP, Rasmussen, and CNN, the firm with the smallest disparity between its polls of Senate races and the actual outcome of each race is Quinnipiac. On average, each Quinnipiac Senate poll was was within 2.88% of the outcome. Though Quinnipiac had the smallest average error, […]

Record Amount of House Incumbents Lose

Among the past 20 election cycles, including both midterm and general elections back to 1970, the party not holding the presidency averages a gain of 27 seats in the House of Representatives. More specifically, the average number of losing incumbents, including both parties, is only 17.3 in the House of Representatives, according to the University […]

Political Broadcasts in 2010

In a comparison to the previous midterm cycle in 2006, special-interest groups spent almost 500% more on electioneering communications in 2010, according to an analysis of the FEC database. This influx of money is due to a Supreme Court ruling this past January that removed the limitations for special interest groups to provide money for […]

Incumbent Senators Who Lost in 2010

Before the general election this past Tuesday, there were 3 incumbent Senators who were ousted in the primaries: Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Robert Bennet of Utah, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. In the general election, 2 more incumbent Senators lost, but the total sum of ousted incumbents is only 4, due to a unique quirk. […]