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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1991
I think that Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's approval rating (Metro, Aug. 4) has dropped because of the disclosures of his relationships with developers and other commercial interests rather than as a result of the Chief Daryl Gates ouster battle. I think the mayor's actions were quite in contrast to those of some City Council members who seemed more interested in making points which would boost their chances to become mayor. Their strident, obviously political comments and actions did little to define or resolve the situation.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Morgan Little
New figures from Gallup place President Obama's reelection bid in a precarious gray zone between the one-term exit of presidents like George H.W. Bush, and successful second-term victories like those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Combining Obama's job approval rating with several evaluations of public sentiment on the economy, Gallup's indicators show that the president is performing better than he was just a year ago, but his numbers are nonetheless lackluster compared with those of his predecessors.
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