US08: Summary of results part 1 – the Presidency

Barack Obama has been elected 44th President of the United States. In addition to winning all of those states won by John Kerry in 2004 (Hawaii, the three West Coast states, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC and everything to the northeast, including...

Liveblogging USA

5:22pm - So I'm going home. With the Presidency, it appears that Obama will pick up North Carolina and Indiana, while Missouri will go to McCain. Montana is going down to the wire, with McCain just taking the lead, with a lead of 850...

Just f**king vote already! The US election prediction thread

With twenty-four hours to go until polls close in the first states in the US election, I thought it was a good time to make predictions and look at the state of the race. The Pollster.com national average has Obama leading McCain by 7%...

This Week in Satire: November 3

Two clips today from the Daily Show last week.

NZ update: United Future and key electorate polls

With six days to go before the New Zealand general election, there has been little change in the campaigns. The opinion polls retain the essential elements:National leads the polls, with the party running close to 50% support. Labour trailing in the mid-to-high 30s. Greens the clearly...

Why Pennsylvania?

John McCain's campaign has focused much of its energy on Pennsylvania, despite remaining well short of winning the state in most polls. At first glance, the state appears to be a tough ask, which it is, but McCain's Pennsylvania strategy reflects his overall difficult...

Reflections on MMP

Malcolm Mackerras has written in Thursday's Crikey, critiquing New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional electoral system (subscription required): Having studied the referendum results of September 1992 and November 1993, and having studied opinion poll data, it is clear to me that a solid majority of New...

US08 – Vote early, vote often

With six days to go before polls close in the US, levels of early voting are at their highest levels in a US election. As of Tuesday, the Washington Post summarised early voting figures as: More than twelve million voters have already cast ballots in...

Florida, The Year 2000

Courtesy of FiveThirtyEight.com, this fascinating report outlining what went on in the process of calling the state of Florida for Al Gore, then reversing it to George W Bush, before returning the state to be "too close to call".

Where do the Greens go in the ACT?

With the final count resulting in the fourth Green, Caroline le Couteur, elected to the final seat in the ACT Legislative Assembly, the ACT's local parliament now includes 7 Labor MLAs, 6 Liberal MLAs and 4 Greens MLAs. On top of that, the ACT...