Oklahoma Senate 2004

Republican Tom Coburn faces Democrat Brad Carson

With the retirement of Republican senator Don Nickles, an interesting contest has broken out between two self-described outsiders: physician and former Representative Tom Coburn for the Republicans, and Representative Brad Carson for the Democrats. Several factors have nudged this race left and right, but have eventually leveled out right down...

North Carolina Senate 2004

Republican Richard Burr faces Democrat Erskine Bowles

With the upcoming Nov. 2 elections, Tar Heels have more on their minds than the presidential race. John Kerry's running mate, Senator John Edwards, who upon accepting his vice-presidential bid vacated his seat in the Senate, leaves North Carolina voters with a choice between two replacements: Democrat Erskine Bowles and...

Missouri Senate 2004

Republican Kit Bond defends his seat against Nancy Farmer

Missourians, as you may have heard from pundits, have the unique ability to refer to their home as a "microcosm" of American Politics—at least in presidential races. For over the past century, Missouri voters have sided correctly with every presidential contest victor, save one: Adlai Stevenson in 1956. The balanced...

South Dakota Senate 2004

Democrat Tom Daschle defends his seat against John Thune

Aside from Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle sits atop the Republican hit list in this electoral cycle. Republicans eye him as the front man for obstructing their legislation and judicial nominees in the Senate. Now, they have a strong candidate gunning for Daschle, former Congressman...

For the Historical Record

Historical statistics can sometimes tell us a great deal about tendencies in upcoming elections, often with eerie levels of accuracy. They also can be entertaining and provide an amusing coincidental context with which to frame the prospects of particular candidates. Below are two historical arguments for the general election winner;...

George W. Bush

Republican Nominee

President Bush is currently unopposed for the GOP nomination.Biography George W. Bush was sworn into office January 20, 2001, after a hotly contested race for the White House in 2000. He grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas, received a bachelor's degree from Yale University, then served in the Texas...

John Kerry

Democratic Nominee

In the spring of 2003, many Democratic party insiders, when forced to name the "real" frontrunner, picked John Kerry. It's obvious why. He's fairly experienced (on his fourth Senate term), a Vietnam vet, matinee-idol handsome, and policy polished. Did we mention fabulously wealthy, thanks to his second marriage to Teresa...

Review of War and Post World War II Presidents

Year President War Political Effect 1950 Truman Korea The unpopularity of this war, including Truman's firing of Gen. MacArthur, contributed to Truman's not seeking a second full elective term in 1952. 1952 Eisenhower Korea "I will go to Korea," said Eisenhower during the '52 campaign, and the natural public confidence...