Heavy rains struck Middle Tennessee, causing flash floods that killed people and swept away homes and vehicles.
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When presidents are seeking reelection, federal aid comes more often and more quickly.
These students at the University of Pittsburgh urged their peers to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
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Civics education is not boosting youth voting, volunteering or even scores on academic tests about government – and may be related to QAnon support.
Then-candidate Raphael Warnock waves to supporters at a rally held two days before his election on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Rev. Warnock became the first African American to defeat an incumbent senator and the first African American to win a US Senate seat without prior electoral experience.
Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt signs an official tally of the Electoral College votes from the 2016 presidential election, in January 2017.
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Five scholars explain different aspects of the history, workings and effects of the Electoral College.
Florida voters, like these on Nov. 3, have less influence over the Electoral College than their fellow voters in any other state.
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The Electoral College ignores a key democratic principle: one person, one vote.
With three claimants, which one should hold the governor’s seat?
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How Georgia found its way past write-in votes cast by dead voters, spiked drinks served to lawmakers, changed locks on the executive office and a gun-toting man claiming to be the governor.
As the nation mourns Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a partisan fight over her replacement begins.
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Many Supreme Court nomination battles depended on whether the president’s party also had control of the US Senate.
Asian American voters leave a Temple City, California, polling place in 2012, in the state’s first legislative district that is majority Asian American.
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Asian Americans were engaged in an electoral realignment long before Kamala Harris was added to the 2020 Democratic ticket.
As the old joke goes, it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.
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Can political prediction models pick the election winner better than the polls, the weather or Washington’s football team?
Politics is a push-and-pull between the parties and the states.
Internal party rules make it harder to attract independents, who make up about one-third of US voters.
President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on Iran’s ballistic missile strike against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops.
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In recent years, voters have shifted their views on issues based upon the positions of politicians – even when that shift clashes with their ideology.
Trump makes a statement at the White House following reports that U.S. forces attacked Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
After a foreign policy win, presidents usually enjoy a short-term poll boost. But that’s often followed by a long-term decline.
Congressman William Jefferson, center, lost to incumbent Louisiana Governor Mike Foster in 1999.
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In 26 attempts, no African American has ever defeated an incumbent U.S. senator or governor.
People waited outside the Supreme Court in 2013 to listen to the Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder voting rights case.
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When no one in Mississippi wins a majority of votes in an election, the legislature chooses the winner. This has led to white men winning over and over.
President Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House.
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The popular opinion is that presidents win government shutdowns, but a review of polling evidence paints a different picture.
French soldiers patrol the streets following an attack in Strasbourg.
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An analysis reveals that using terrorism may not be very effective in achieving long-term political goals, when compared to other peaceful means.
Putin and Trump bond in November 2017.
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Is the pen that signs the peace treaty more powerful than the sword in the realm of public opinion?