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Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

At a polling station in Boston on March 6, 2012.

Photograph by Damon Winter/The New York Times/Redux

At a polling station in Boston on March 6, 2012.

Republican Turnout Lower Than in 2000 or 2008

Voter participation in early Republican presidential primaries generally is lower than in 2000 or 2008, according to a report released today. Of the 13 states that have held primaries to date, eight had lower turnout than in 2008, according to the report,...

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An illustration from the Texas Legislative Council shows PLANH309, the court-ordered interim House redistricting plan for Texas. A federal court in San Antonio issued new Texas congressional and state House maps on Feb. 28, 2012, just in time for the state to finally hold its twice-delayed primary on May 29.

Illustration by Texas Legislative Council/AP

An illustration from the Texas Legislative Council shows PLANH309, the court-ordered interim House redistricting plan for Texas. A federal court in San Antonio issued new Texas congressional and state House maps on Feb. 28, 2012, just in time for the state to finally hold its twice-delayed primary on May 29.

California Losing, Texas Gaining Influence in House

Tomorrow is the deadline to file papers to run for Congress in California and Texas, two states on divergent paths in the House of Representatives. California will lose clout and Texas will wield more importance after this year’s elections. Seven House members in...

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Pedestrians in New York City.

Photograph by Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Pedestrians in New York City.

New York Map Shows Weakest Congress Clout in 200 Years

While New York hasn’t finished the once-per-decade process of redrawing its congressional district lines, the final map will reflect a long trend of weakening clout in Washington for the nation’s third most-populous state. New York’s sagging population growth rate from 2000 to...

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Sen. Olympia Snowe outside her office on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, 2012.

Photograph by Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Sen. Olympia Snowe outside her office on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: 12,109

That’s the number of days that Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine had served in Congress as of Feb. 28, when she announced that she would not seek re-election to the Senate this November. Snowe, 65, was first elected to...

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