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November 9, 1988
Illinois voters, after leaning much of the night in Michael Dukakis' direction, gave their state's 24 electoral votes to George Bush. With 99% of the state's precincts reporting, Bush had 2,294,154 votes, or 51%, to Dukakis' 2,176,334 votes, or 49%.
October 1, 2008
Re "Little candidates that could," Opinion, Sept. 29 George Bush may or may not have won Florida by a few hundred votes in 2000. And the 90,000 Floridians who voted for Ralph Nader did indeed throw the race to the major-party candidate who was 100% hostile to everything Nader and his supporters held dear. But the Florida debacle would not have mattered had 22,198 voters in New Hampshire not voted for Nader. He captured nearly 4% of that state's votes, allowing George Bush to win New Hampshire by a margin of 48% to 47%. Had the state's four electoral votes not been handed to Bush, Al Gore would have won the presidency without needing Florida.
October 31, 2004
This month, Britain's Guardian newspaper launched a letter-writing campaign to try to influence waffling voters in the American swing state of Ohio. About 14,000 Britons, including novelist John le Carre, requested the addresses of undecideds. Here are a few abridged responses from Yanks who heard about the transatlantic effort (,,1329728,00.html). Please be advised that I have forwarded this to the CIA and FBI.
February 12, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was tapped by fellow Republicans to present a fresh face in response to President Obama's State of the Union address. But excerpts released a few hours ahead of Obama's speech to Congress and Rubio's nationally broadcast follow-up broke little ground from what has been GOP orthodoxy since the 41-year-old lawmaker was in grade school. He sounded familiar anti-Washington themes, accused Obama of overspending and over-taxing, and renewed calls for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and an overhaul of the Medicare and Social Security programs.
April 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The consensus in polling this week is that jobs and the economy are the top concerns for voters in the presidential election. And if that's the case, there was mixed news for the White House in the release of new state-by-state unemployment data on Friday. Overall, the unemployment rate went up in eight states, held steady in 12 and dropped in 30 from February to March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The five biggest declines came in Oklahoma and Mississippi (down 0.6%)
November 3, 2004 | PATT MORRISON, Patt Morrison's e-mail address is patt.morrison@
There are some things I don't know any better right now than I did 24 hours ago: When I can finally go back to making awfulplastic the first website I check every day, instead of Whether I should try to become the first American in recent memory to be given political asylum in Canada, or whether I'll have to go burka shopping one of these days. And did I make a mistake in leaving Ohio for California?
Here are a few key states to watch for early signals on how the presidential vote is proceeding: 3 p.m. PST. Polls close in Kentucky and Indiana. Though it has only eight electoral votes, Kentucky is a swing state whose result could signal whether Bill Clinton can make the breakthroughs he hopes for in the border states of the South. A loss or a narrow victory margin for President Bush in Indiana, a staunchly Republican state, could signal problems ahead for the President.
November 2, 2003 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
One year from today, Americans will go to the polls to decide whether President Bush gets a second term. If the election is close, as both sides expect, the reason may be people like Steven Freers. The burly 54-year-old attorney is a Republican who has long seen Democrats as "the party of government giveaways." But right now, he is lukewarm toward Bush and open to voting for one of his Democratic rivals -- even though they are largely a mystery to him at this point.
April 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
As concerning as the recent dip in President Obama's job rating nationally is to the White House, recent polling in a number of key battleground states may be a more troubling indicator of his political standing weeks after kicking off a re-election campaign. A University of New Hampshire poll released Thursday afternoon shows that Obama’s job approval rating among Granite Staters stands at 44%. That’s down just two points from February, but among independents the dip was more pronounced – from 46% to 32%. In Pennsylvania, which Obama won by double digits in 2008, only 42% of voters think he deserves a second term according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
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