Does Electability Matter?

I recently came across a very interesting post on YouGov, a polling data site, that analyzed whether electability makes a difference in Republican voters’ candidate preferences. Political scientists usually agree that in a two party system, there’s a sophisticated pattern of strategic decision-making that happens when people vote, whether consciously or unconsciously. The prevailing idea is that when the winner only needs to earn the most votes, people don’t want to “waste” their votes on a sure loser. In the YouGov piece, John Sides and Alex Lundry tested this hypothesis with the prominent Republican candidates running in the 2012 Presidential race to see whether hearing potential chances of winning would make voters more likely to change their preferences. The results were interesting, although not surprising. Read More Does Electability Matter?

Bennet v. Buck (CO): The Economy is Not the Only Issue at Stake

According to Public Policy Polling (PPP), the latest poll in Colorado’s hotly contested Senate race shows Republican nominee Ken Buck leading Michael Bennet, the incumbent Democrat, by a mere one percentage point. With all my heart I wish I were a registered Coloradan voter and could cast my hat in the ring for Bennet. Read More Bennet v. Buck (CO): The Economy is Not the Only Issue at Stake