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Behind the Numbers Archive: Campaign Myths

Campaign Myth 2: Thirty Percent Will Flip the South

Earlier this week, the Associated Press released an analysis suggesting that if Barack Obama lives up to his pledge to boost African American turnout by 30 percent, he would score big wins across the south. But other data suggest Obama faces even longer odds in his quest to pick up...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campaign Myth 1: McCain Voters for Gore

Democrats eager to tamp down talk of disappointed primary voters bolting to John McCain point to the "fact" that a majority of McCain's own backers threatened to vote for Al Gore when George W. Bush secured the Republican nomination in 2000. But the numbers of crossover voters frustrated by the...

By Jon Cohen  |  June 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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