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February 15, 2012
It may be that Mitt Romney's problem, his falling numbers since last week in state and national polls, is his base. Nine states into the Republican presidential nominating contests, a very clear pattern emerges in Patchwork Nation's demographic/geographic breakdown of counties. Romney,...
February 14, 2012
The dominant story coming out of Tuesday’s three big wins for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota –has been his strength with conservative voters and Mitt Romney’s need to find a way to reach them. But that's not the whole story...
February 12, 2012
One of the early disappointments of Governor Bobby Jindal's first term was an ethics reform package that generated great headlines but lacked an effective enforcement mechanism.  The PR effort was nonetheless important as Louisiana has - much to its detriment - long suffered from an...
February 8, 2012
So what exactly happened Tuesday night? Suddenly former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has reemerged from the pack to claim the spotlight with three wins – Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri – while front-runner Mitt Romney is combing through the wreckage. The former Massachusetts...
February 7, 2012
Follow Tuesday's vote LIVE with the Patchwork Nation breakdowns from WNYC here: COLORADO, MINNESOTA and MISSOURI The big political story out of Tuesday night will be who wins the contests on the schedule – Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Those final tallies will determine the...
February 6, 2012
With January in the books, the GOP nominating contest sits where many thought it would be — including Politics Counts. Two wins for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and two wins for conservative alternatives to him – former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in Iowa and former House...
February 5, 2012
Now entering his second term, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal remains one of the nation’s most fascinating politicians. His reelection campaign in 2011 was a tour de force, a textbook study in how to run for reelection. Raise large sums of money, deter serious opposition, control your...
February 1, 2012
With a dominating win in Florida, the Romney campaign moves forward with a nice push of momentum into February. And now, well, who knows? The one certainty of the 2012 presidential campaign thus far is its uncertainty. It wasn’t long ago when we were talking about former House Speaker...
January 31, 2012
The game of presidential see-saw the GOP has been playing in 2012 continues Tuesday night in Florida. A short 10 days ago former House speaker Newt Gingrich emerged from the South Carolina Primary with a big win and lot of momentum. It looks like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is ready...
January 27, 2012
In every presidential primary season we eventually reach a vote that is portrayed as must-win for the top candidates, the showdown. This year that vote is Tuesday’s Florida Primary. Florida is being framed as the place where we will discover whether former House Speaker Newt Gingrich can...
January 23, 2012
Just like that, the Republican presidential race feels changed. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t just win in South Carolina, he won everywhere across the state. Looking at the results through Patchwork Nation’s demographic/geographic breakdown, Mr. Gingrich could not...
January 21, 2012
Suddenly the numbers have moved and polls show former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged to the front of pack in South Carolina primary. The change may have been sudden but it was not fully unexpected. It just goes to show something political analysts know and Patchwork Nation has documented...
January 21, 2012
First it was Bain. Then it was releasing income tax returns. Then came the Cayman Islands. The conversation about Mitt Romney has turned in recent weeks and settled into what could be an uncomfortable spot for the former Massachusetts governor. The questions focus on his wealth and how he has...
January 19, 2012
Nashua, N.H. | When you have been down a long time, as the U.S. economy has been, it's hard to remember what up feels like. That feeling has been compounded by false starts on economic recovery (like last spring) and sudden downturns (like last summer). But there are signs that the economy...
January 16, 2012
Purpose marketing, cause marketing -- the phrases are among the biggest buzzwords in the advertising industry today, and with good reason. Americans like to support products and companies thay affirm their values. Cause-related spending by marketers is projected to grow 3.1% this year, to $1.7...
January 13, 2012
Two votes into the Republican presidential primary season, Mitt Romney can claim two important titles. First, and most obviously, he won both contests – the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But second, and perhaps more important, he has laid claim to being the GOP candidate who...
January 11, 2012
Mitt Romney had a lot of advantages going into New Hampshire – from residency to voter demographics – and in the end it all showed up on Tuesday night. It was an impressive win. The former Massachusetts governor won nine of the state’s 10 counties. He won a larger percentage...
January 11, 2012
Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire win was unsurprising but nevertheless significant.  Not only does he become the first Republican non-incumbent to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire, he moves one step closer to securing the Republican nomination. First, public opinion polls in South...
January 10, 2012
If you were devising a state where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney could do well in a vote, it would probably look a lot like New Hampshire. Romney was the governor of Massachusetts, which sits next door. He has a home in New Hampshire. And, from the perspective of Patchwork Nation...
January 7, 2012
This was a good week to be Mitt Romney. Not only did he eke out an eight-vote win in the first nominating contest of the year – the Iowa caucuses – but afterward he got to go home. The former Massachusetts governor has an estate in New Hampshire, where Tuesday’s primary vote...