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Winning in 2012: CQ Press's Guide to the Elections



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If the lead-up to November is any indication, it looks like we are in for another exciting contest of rival campaigns, parties, and ideas. Once again, CQ Press provides your students with an insider's guide to the 2012 elections. Journalist and political analyst Bob Benenson lays out a road map to help students understand:

Author Biography

Bob Benenson is a veteran political analyst who wrote and edited at Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., for 30 years. For 11 years (1998-2009), he was CQ's politics editor, and over six election cycles, he headed the company's well-regarded team that covered presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, the longest tenure for anyone who held that position. Benenson is now a freelance journalist and blogger living in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Obama: Timely Rebound, but Reelection Not Assuredp. 1
Prelude to 2012: A Wildly Swinging Political Pendulump. 4
2008: Obama, Democrats Dominate but Inherit an Economic Crisisp. 4
Democratic Agenda Prompts Conservative "Tea Party" Backlashp. 7
2010: Republicans Take Back the House, Trim Democrats' Senate Edgep. 11
Obama's Appeal Sags, but Voters Weary of GOP Confrontationp. 13
The Republican Nominating Campaign's Long and Winding Roadp. 17
Voters' Lukewarm Reception for Front-Runner Romneyp. 17
Gaffes, Flawed Campaigns Cull Crowded Fieldp. 20
Despite Setbacks, Romney Bobs to the Topp. 22
November Outlook: It's the Economy, Mainlyp. 29
Jobs, Jobs, Jobsp. 30
Inequality: Obama's Trump Card?p. 32
Health Care and the Supreme Courtp. 33
Avoiding Foreign Policy Tripwiresp. 35
The Electoral Vote "Batdefield"p. 37
The Fights for Congressp. 40
The Senate Campaign Landscapep. 41
Democratic Seats Most at Riskp. 42
Floridap. 42
Hawaiip. 42
Missourip. 42
Montanap. 42
Nebraskap. 43
New Mexicop. 43
North Dakotap. 46
Virginiap. 46
Wisconsinp. 47
Republican Seats Most at Riskp. 47
Indianap. 47
Mainep. 48
Massachusettsp. 49
Nevadap. 49
House: Ain't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swingp. 49
Republicans Have Best Governor Race Opportunitiesp. 50
Montanap. 51
New Hampshirep. 51
North Carolinap. 51
Washingtonp. 53
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