Category Archives: Elections

Post-election facts about party shifts

This info was posted by Bill Lucey, a news librarian, who writes an informative blog called The Morning Delivery at  I’ve often noticed his efforts to add statistics and facts to a current event, which is what news librarians do for their newsrooms.

Here’s a taste from his entry:

“To put Tuesday’s midterm election into historical perspective, I compiled some facts and figures, showing how last night’s election compared with others, dating back to 1860.

• From 1860 to 2008, when the majority lost control of the House of Representatives, they lost an average of 49 or 14 percent of the total House seats

• From 1860 to 2008, when the majority lost control of the House of Representatives during a midterm election, they lost an average of 60 or 16 percent of the total House seats.

• The other times in history in which the House Majority flipped from one party to the other, while the Senate held their majority were in the years: 1874, 1880, 1882, 1888, 1890, 1910 and 1930.

• The only times in history when both Houses of Congress flipped majorities were in 1860, 1894, 1918, 1946, 1952, 1954,1994 and 2006.

• The only times in history when the Senate flipped its majority, but not in the House were in the years: 1878, 1892, 1912, 1932, 1980, 1986, and 2000.”

You can read the entire blog post here.


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Real time or near-real time election result sources

Interested in Super Tuesday election results in real time?  Check out this offering from ResourceShelf.  Their goal was to offer election results from the official provider either at the State or Commonwealth level.

ResourceShelf Compilation 

The plan is to update the pages later in the day.

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Presidential candidates issue tracker

This is on the site and is pretty interesting.  The issue tracker “includes information from the Web sites of a wide variety of sources across the political spectrum. Sources include news organizations, political parties, interest groups, bloggers, unions, trade organizations, candidates, activists, and more.”

Run your cursor over a face and see the issues that are revealed.  Click on a candidates name to see how many comments come in on what issue.  Click on one issue and see how that is divided among the candidates.

This is a good visual look at what people are talking about. 

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2008 Presidential election

Race for the White House compiles data on campaign contributions for the 2008 presidential election.  It offers comparisons week-by-week, a donor lookup.  It’s from The Center for Responsive Politics, which bills itself as non-partisan, non-profit.

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