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From NBC's political director and elections director. Readers who pick this up for, say, a quick check of McCain's margin of victory in Montana will find themselves tempted to embark on a full cross-country trip through these pages. States here are divided into four categories: "Battleground States," "Receding Battleground States," "Emerging Battleground States," and "Red and Blue States" (not clear why that wasn't two separate lists). Entries are from two to five pages long, more for states in flux than the true Blue or Red ones, with a clear format of both textual and tabular information on the state's 2008 presidential choice, its party support in the past, and what to keep an eye on in future elections. A final section of tables analyzing the 2008 electorate is fascinating. For all interested readers.—MH
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Chuck Todd is NBC News political director, chief White House correspondent for NBC, and a contributing editor to "Meet the Press". He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," "Meet the Press," and such MSNBC programs as "Morning Joe," and "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Before joining NBC News, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal's "The Hotline," Washington's premier daily briefing on America politics. He has also written Op-Ed pieces for The New York Times and the Washington Post and for the Atlantic Monthly, where he is a contributing editor. He teaches a graduate political communications course at Johns Hopkins University.Sheldon Gawiser is NBC director of elections; he heads the NBC News election decision team in charge of making projections and overseeing news analysis of the exit polls. He was a founder of the NBC/Associated Press Poll and is a trustee of the National Council on Public Polls. Dr. Gawiser, in addition to being a pollster extraordinaire, is an Emmy nominated producer and winner of a special Emmy for his work on September 11th. He is author of five books and numerous articles on public opinion polling and elections, including A Journalist's Guide to Public Opinion Polls (Praeger, 1994).See all Editorial Reviews
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 10 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