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3:46pm

Thu November 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:10 pm

A man votes on Nov. 6 in Chicago.
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Some Democrats complain that Republicans in recent decades have had the edge in House races because GOP state legislatures have been better at the gerrymandering game. Except that may not be true.

Some political experts believe there's an easier explanation, and perhaps a tougher one for Democrats to overcome: Voters supporting Republican House candidates, they say, are spread over more congressional districts than those who support Democrats. It's that simple. It's merely a matter of geography.

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9:03am

Thu November 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:16 pm

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus rides the Mitt Romney campaign bus days before the presidential election. Despite Romney's loss and other GOP failures, Priebus, who helped the party raise huge sums of money in 2012, may seek a second term.
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There has been no dearth of post-election Republican self-flagellation.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on the eve of heading out to a meeting of Republican governors in Las Vegas, warned the GOP to "stop being the stupid party." At the gathering Wednesday night, he leveled more harsh criticism at party presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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1:25am

Mon November 12, 2012
It's All Politics

With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:39 am

A supporter of President Barack Obama raises his arms as it is announced that Obama was re-elected during an election night watch party in Chicago.
Jerome Delay AP

A "return on investment" is a concept better known to Wall Street than to Washington. But after President Obama and the Democrats won most of the close elections last week there are questions about the seven- and eight-figure "investments" made by dozens of conservative donors.

During the election season, it was pretty common to hear about donors making "investments" in superPACs and other outside groups, rather than a "political contribution," perhaps because the phrase has a sort of taint to it.

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2:06am

Mon November 5, 2012
It's All Politics

America's Changing Face Presents Challenges For The GOP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:07 am

Voters cast their ballots during the first day of early voting at the Meadows Mall on Oct. 20 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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The final days of an election cycle bring an obsession with the short term — the very short term. Daily tracking polls. A relentless get-it, post-it, blog-it news cycle. Trending topics on Twitter telling us something (though it's not always clear what).

But for just a moment, let's slow it down, look at what's happening over a somewhat longer time frame, and see what it tells us about what the country will look like for the winner of the presidential race.

The Long View

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8:15am

Thu November 1, 2012
It's All Politics

The GOP Has Its Eyes On Another Election Day Prize: Arkansas

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 9:17 am

Welcome to Arkansas ... will it apply to the GOP on Election Day? Republicans haven't had control over both state legislative chambers since 1874.
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Arkansas voters are about to make history, one way or another.

Democrats have selected as their incoming House leader Darrin Williams, who would serve as the state's first African-American speaker.

But Williams might never get to hold the gavel. Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking control of the Arkansas House — and Senate — for the first time since 1874.

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