A map of the 2012 presidential election results created by Chris Howard, a fantasy and science fiction author and illustrator, takes into account vote percentages and population density to show a more nuanced understanding of the election results.
Looking at the election results by county (map #2), as a CP blogger recently did, may lead one to wonder how President Barack Obama won. The map is mostly red because Mitt Romney won most of the nation's counties.
The reason this happened is that most rural areas vote Republican and most urban areas vote Democratic. So while Obama won fewer counties, the counties he did win are densely populated. more >>
Late last year when a presidential primary candidate was asked how he was going to reach women voters, he responded that he was polling well with women. Oh, oh. He seemed clueless about what most women really want. Once again, women were being taken for granted and once again we could lose – big time. And lose, we did.
Reaching women is not a new concept. The importance of our vote should be well-known, as women have registered and voted at a higher rate than men since the 1980.
One would think every campaign would have a proven strategy by now. But, while I don't claim to speak for all American women, no doubt many of us rolled our eyes and sighed or cringed at some of the conservative candidates' messaging. We may not relish the haranguing and rudeness, but we are willing to ignore it if our candidate can clearly articulate how their positions and plans will improve life for us and our families. more >>
With the Republican Party's stunning loss on Tuesday, conservatives have started asking why? One argument is that the Christian Right is to blame. But it could also be argued that the Christian Right presents the best hope for the Republican Party to regain majority status.
Here are the cases for and against blaming the Christian Right for Tuesday's election.
Yes, the Christian Right is to Blame more >>
Tuesday's election should be a "wake-up call" to the Republican Party to do more to reach out to non-whites, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post.
"Either [Republicans] press the snooze button on the Latino electorate and continue with an exclusive Southern strategy that is no longer applicable in a 21st century reality, or they have a 'come to Jesus' moment ... where they realize America has changed," said Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post.
President Barack Obama won re-election on the strength of non-white voters who turned out to vote for him in large numbers. Obama lost the white vote by 20 percentage points. In any election before 2012, that would have led to a landslide for the Republicans. The demographic shift taking place in the United States, though, with whites comprising a decreasing portion of the electorate, will continue well into future elections. more >>
As Christians, it is our duty to pray for our president and for all those in positions of authority. (see 1 Timothy 2:1-4) As Christians, we obviously are deeply concerned about the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, and the moral necessity of paying off our national debt for the sake of future generations.
With those matters and other moral issues in mind, here is a prayer which many of us can pray regularly in sincerity and in truth.
Almighty God, more >>
The campaign of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republicans' one-time hope to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, came to a disappointing end when Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill claimed victory Tuesday night. Republicans now have to evaluate if their decision to abandon Akin after his comments about "legitimate rape" was the right path to take.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, McCaskill received 54.7 percent of the vote to Akin's 39.2 percent. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine came in third with 6.1 percent of the vote.
As a comparison, Mitt Romney defeated President Barack Obama 53.9 to 44.3 percent in Missouri, showing a drop-off of a staggering 14 percent, or 400,000 votes, between Romney and Akin. more >>