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September 15, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
When Robert Gibbs, then a Barack Obama campaign aide, went to bed on election night in 2008 he knew his boss had won the presidency. But the first thing he did the next morning was check to see if Obama carried a state that was a major focus of the campaign: North Carolina. Obama prevailed, winning by fewer than 14,000 votes to become the first Democrat to carry North Carolina since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Obama's campaign rode several advantages to break through: money, momentum and a compelling message.
December 30, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
When he became New Mexico's governor in 2003, Bill Richardson ? former Energy secretary, U.N. ambassador and freelance diplomat ? vowed to shake up this sleepy state. Richardson cut taxes and revamped energy regulations. He gave raises to teachers and driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He legalized medical marijuana and suspended the death penalty. In 2006, he won reelection by a 2-1 margin. Then he sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, leading many to think he could become the first Latino president or vice president.
August 14, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama's summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup's daily tracking poll. New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency. Obama's approval rating has hovered in the 40% range for much of 2011, peaking at 53% in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden. But Americans' view of his job performance continued to tick downward as the debt-ceiling debate heated up. By the time he signed legislation averting a federal default, he was mired in the low-40% range.
November 29, 2011 | By James Oliphant
The influence of the tea party movement appears to be on the wane - even in congressional districts that elected tea party candidates last year, according to a new survey. The report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released Tuesday showed support for the tea party dropping nationwide, with more Americans viewing the movement unfavorably. The view of the Republican Party in the 60 districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus has also suffered.
March 17, 1985 | United Press International
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, scoring high marks for his diplomatic achievements, won the highest approval rating since he took office 27 months ago in a newspaper poll published Saturday. The Asahi newspaper said Nakasone scored a 45% approval rating, up three points from December, in its latest opinion poll carried out nationwide Wednesday and Thursday. The figure was 37% when he took office in December, 1982.
April 14, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Peter Nicholas
It could be gas prices, the budget debate, or simply the usual ups and downs of public opinion polling. But President Obama's approval rating has dipped to a five-month low in Gallup's daily tracking poll, reverting to post-midterm election lows. The survey, a three-day rolling average conducted April 11-13, pegs Obama's approval at 42%, the lowest since Nov. 10-12. For only the 13th time in his term and the first time since late October, his disapproval rating has reached 50%. Since the self-described "shellacking" of his party last November, Obama's numbers have zig-zagged within a 9-point range, from the low of 42% to a high of 51%. He enjoyed a sustained upward trend after the tax cuts compromise in December's lame duck session of Congress.
May 9, 2012 | By Morgan Little
President Obama has never been wildly popular in West Virginia, but Tuesday's Democratic primary marked the state's sharpest rejection of the president yet. A Texas prisoner, listed as Inmate No. 11593-051, received 69,766 votes, a surprising 41% of the total, showing that many West Virginians would vote for just about anyone other than Obama, regardless of their status as a felon. Obama still won the primary, with 59% of the vote. Keith Judd, the prisoner in question, is currently serving a 17½-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana after being sentenced for extortion in an altercation with the University of New Mexico.
October 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman seemingly born to become the first female president of the United States, on Monday again ruled out a race for the top office in 2016 and insisted she is ready to return to private life. In an interview with NBC's “Today” show, Clinton squelched the latest boomlet for her presidential ambitions, emphatically answering “No, no,” when interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked her whether she would ever run again for president. As President Obama's approval rating has been falling in the polls, rumors of Clinton's return to presidential politics have resurfaced, taking on the status of political urban legend, one of those things that everyone seems to think is true despite all evidence to the contrary.
July 2, 1990
It is unclear for whose benefit Jefferson Morley ("What We're Paying for in El Salvador," Opinion, June 17) lambastes El Salvador's president, Alfredo Cristiani, and Congress' decision to financially back him. Perhaps it's for the benefit of the FMLN (the Communist guerrilla group that is waging war against the Salvadoran government) or for just the usual media. In any case, he does not speak for the proud Salvadoran people who give Cristiani a 72% approval rating. JUAN ROSA LOPEZ TROMEZ Long Beach
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