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2012 Elections

2012 Elections
How voters react to signs of danger can influence which party they prefer.

Why you vote the way you do

Genes play a role, says Jonathan Haidt, but your political outlook is also determined by six moral values

 
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Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is facing off in a June 5 recall vote with Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee.

Scott Walker's battle for Wisconsin

The union-busting Republican governor faces a recall vote next month that will resonate throughout the nation. What's at stake?

 
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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is facing off with former Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren in a closely-fought battle sure to be one of the year's most exciting Senate races.

Anatomy of a campaign ad: 'Independent'

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown touts his record in a new ad — leaving out the fact that he's, you know, a Republican

 
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Lugar arrives for a full Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in 2006: The longtime Indiana senator's primary loss could leave Republicans just shy of the seats they need to take over the Senate.

Dick Lugar's ouster: Did the Tea Party cost the GOP the Senate?

Indiana's 35-year incumbent senator was defeated by a Tea Party-backed candidate in Tuesday's GOP primary, and that could spell big trouble for Republicans

 
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.: The six-term senator faces a potentially tough primary challenge from a Tea Party-backed conservative candidate.

Will the Tea Party bring down Orrin Hatch?

A GOP icon suffers a big setback at the party's Utah convention, failing to dodge a primary challenge from a conservative candidate backed by the noisy grassroots movement

 
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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who pulled off a historic upset in 2010 when he won the late Ted Kennedy's seat, faces a tough re-election battle against progressive hero Elizabeth Warren.

The 8 Senate races you should pay attention to

The GOP nomination fight seems to be wrapping up, but the battle for Congress is just getting started

 
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To regain control of the Senate, Republicans need a net gain of just four seats in the 2012 election.

The battle for the U.S. Senate

The presidential election isn't the only important race this year. Which party controls Congress may be just as critical

 
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So far, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer is the most popular declared candidate seeking the Americans Elect presidential nomination.

Americans Elect: A guide to the 'revolutionary' third-party movement

Can a new group make an end run around the divisive political primaries and establishment parties to tip the scales in November?

 
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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will retire at the end of her third term, giving Democrats a good chance to pick up a GOP Senate seat in liberal-leaning Maine.

Olympia Snowe's retirement: A 'huge gift' to Democrats?

One of the last moderate Republicans in Washington is stepping aside, endangering her party's plan to retake control of the Senate

 
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Anatomy of a campaign ad: 'Debbie Spend It Now'

Anatomy of a campaign ad: 'Debbie Spend It Now'

A GOP Michigan senate candidate crosses the line with a pricey Super Bowl ad that's widely condemned as "racist"

 
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Nevadans register before voting in February's GOP presidential caucuses: Some 2.8 million Americans are registered in more than one state, and nearly 69,000 are registered in three states.

America's 'zombie voter' problem: By the numbers

A new study finds that millions of the names on U.S. voter rolls appear in more than one state ... or on tombstones

 
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A rowdy, Tea Party-heavy crowd cheers during a GOP debate in September, 2011: Newt Gingrich is opposing efforts to silence such audiences.

Should audiences be allowed to cheer at presidential debates?

Newt Gingrich says that asking debate audiences to hold their applause is an assault on free speech — and vows that he'll protest such rules

 
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New Hampshire voters cast ballots Tuesday in the first primary of the 2012 election season: An increasing number of Americans are identifying themselves as independents, according to a new survey.

Why Americans are fleeing the GOP and Democrats

More people than ever are identifying themselves as independents. What's driving them away from the major parties?

 
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Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: A forecast for divided government in 2013

Predictions on how the 2012 election will shake out — dealing victories and blows to Democrats and the GOP alike

 
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may well be the swing vote in early 2012 on a controversial case that could tilt the balance of power in Texas, and in the U.S. House.

How the Supreme Court is messing with Texas... and the 2012 race

The high court throws a wrench into Texas politics — and the justices' decision could well determine which party controls the 113th Congress

 
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Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Be thankful for messy politics and noisy protesters

Many Americans are fed up with our gridlocked politics and sputtering economy. But there's still plenty to be grateful for

 
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