Swing state stories: Virginia

Since Eisenhower's first election in 1952, Virginia has been a solidly Republican state, only going to the Democrats in the landslide election of 1964. As a former Confederate state, the state was solidly Democratic until the 1950s and 1960s, which saw a switch to...

Meanwhile, in Scotland…

Gordon Brown has had a bad year with by-elections in the UK. Four by-elections were held in two months in the summer of 2008. Labour lost the seat of Crewe and Nantwich to the Conservatives in May. Following the election of Conservative Boris Johnson...

New Zealand update

New Zealand goes to the polls on November 8 to elect its national Parliament. New Zealand uses the Mixed Member Proportional system (which is best explained by Deborah at Larvatus Prodeo) which means that, in addition to 63 general electorates, and 7 Maori electorates,...

ACT results update

It seems that the ACT Electoral Commission is updating results every evening around this time (although I'm running on Wednesday night's results. Each day they enter a certain number of booths worth of ballots into the computer, then they distribute the preferences for those...

US08: It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but…

As an extra item for people to consider, Charlie Cook lays out how the metrics of the race show that Obama's position is much stronger than what the polls say. The simple facts he lay out demonstrate Obama's dominance and how John McCain will...

US08: Two weeks out

The United States will elect its 44th President in less than two weeks time, on Tuesday, November 4. You would have to say that Barack Obama is in a dominant position as we move into the final stretch. According to Pollster.com, Barack Obama holds...

The Green tide?

Support for the Greens has increased markedly since the beginning of 2008. Newspoll has shown an increase in the party vote over the 10% barrier for the first time, recently reaching 13%. State Newspolls have the party polling over 10% in all mainland states,...

US08: Wingnut Congresswoman sticks both feet in her mouth

I haven't written a full analysis post on any of the US House races yet, but just wanted to share this: arch-conservative Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District calling Barack Obama "Anti-American" and getting torn to shreds by Chris Matthews for the...

US08: State of the Senate

In addition to the Presidential election and the House of Representatives, one third of the US Senate will be elected. In addition to the 33 "class II" senators last elected in 2002, two special elections will be held to fill casual vacancies in Mississippi...

This week in satire…

This will hopefully become a weekly post with mainly funny political videos. This week it will be a bit full, due to a backlog, but I'll try and limit in the future to 2 or 3 of the best.Sarah Palin's second part on this...