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How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Mostly, the analysis is spot on, and they reveal some interesting characteristics and patterns that even a junkie like me didn't catch. Still, I have a couple issues with their analysis.
First, the youth vote. The authors say it was "overrated" for the most part and only made the difference in 2 states. They say this due to the fact that their turnout rate only increased by 1%, which didn't meet the inflated expectations of some. However, Obama won this vote by 66-32. No prior candidate, in the history of exit polling, EVER won any age cohort by such a large margin. The closest was Reagan in 1984, but by 20, not 34 points. Clearly, this indicates that republicans have some extremely serious problems with younger people that have only gotten worse since 2000. George W. Bush may have turned an entire generation away from his party.
Second, the 5 "emerging" battleground states. Georgia, Nebraska, and Texas don't belong here. If Obama couldn't win GA in this environment, there is little chance for democrats down the road. GA has been trending red the last decade.Read more ›
Written by two noted "numbers guys", I expected the book might be a little dry, but was pleasantly surprised by how Todd and Gawiser were able to make the demographic and polling data they provide come alive with shrewd, sometimes even humorous, analysis. I especially enjoyed their tongue-in-cheek captions (such as "Greatest Side Show on Earth", "Georgia: A Battleground on My Mind"). There's also lots of really interesting tidbits of inside information from the campaigns sprinkled throughout. Overall, How Barack Obama Won is a terrific read for anyone interested in politics.
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You can't find a more detailed account of President Obama's victory. Easy to read and comprehend but it is documented like a thesis.Published 14 months ago by v r west
Chuck Todd can't be considerd as a journalist or even a book author. He has no investigative skills or motivation to do so. Mr. Todd is a slave to MSNBC and it's owner GE. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Chris Saxer
This book is like one really long term paper and/or Harvard Business School case study. There's a couple of pages of text followed by pages and pages of stats. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Amod A. Vaze
Really this is just a helpful compilation of exit polls by state that helps explain what happened from a purely statistical point of view. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Eric Frenchman
Todd's condescending responses illustrate the same point as the above episodes with Klein and Ambinder: in the eyes of Beltway mavens, those who warned about and worked against... Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Book buyer
There is at least one obvious mistake. The book suggests that Woodrow Wilson won in 1912 without carrying West Virginia. Not so. I wonder what else may be wrong?Published on July 8, 2009 by Stephen W. Pogson