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Charting the GOP’s Congressional Exodus

Another Republican in the U.S. House — Speaker Paul Ryan, no less — announced his intention not to seek re-election in 2018, adding to the number of members leaving ahead of what’s expected to be an unfavorable mid-term environment for the party. Even before Ryan’s announcement, HuffPost reported that the number of GOP congressmen leaving the chamber, either for retirement or other offices, has hit numbers not seen in decades. His exit...

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Charting the Popularity of ‘Hillary’

Hillary Clinton’s strong win in New York has solidified her standing as the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and it appears Bernie Sanders’ bid for the nomination is increasingly unlikely. Trouble looms, though. Clinton remains quite unpopular ahead of the general election, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Dan Balz’ take in The Washington Post on her favorable/unfavorable ratings (emphasis added): Clinton’s image is at or near record lows among...

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Mapping Consistently Partisan Counties

When it comes to recent presidential elections, geography — at least in some stubborn places — is destiny. Voters in more than 1,600 American counties — a little more than half of those* in the United States — have consistently selected the same political party in each presidential election since George H.W. Bush faced off against Michael Dukakis. Chances are many of them will do so again this election cycle, too. This...

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