February 25, 2017

2010 Stands Tall for Special Interests

Perhaps the most influential political moment of 2010, as well as one of the most overlooked moments, came at the beginning of the year, but it is still far from over. Last January, the Supreme Court unleashed the influence of special interests in its ruling of Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission. This ruling effectively […]

Outside Spending Surges in 2010

Special-interest groups spent more in 2010 than any previous election cycle. Special interests spent $281.6 million during the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the 2008 presidential election cycle, special interests spent $279.7 million. This is the first time in US election history that special interests have spent more in […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

2010 Election Results

Among the 13 most competitive Senate races, Left and Right News correctly projected 11 of these races. The 2 races incorrectly projected were Alaska, where Lisa Murkowski won with a write-in campaign, and Colorado, where Michael Bennet defeated Ken Buck with less than a 1% margin. Also, even though Lisa Murkowski won as an Independent […]

Tea Party Winners and Losers

Among the 8 Senate candidates affiliated with the Tea Party, 4 were elected on Tuesday: Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida. On the other hand, the 4 Tea Party candidates who did not win yesterday include: Sharron Angle of Nevada, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, […]