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  1. Politics PA grades the polls:  
Pollsters’ predictions of the 2012 campaigns in Pennsylvania showed conflicting results. Democratic and independent polls showed the Democrats held healthy leads, while Republican polls predicted much closer races. Republicans repeatedly claimed that Democrats were being oversampled, but in the end, their polls proved less accurate.

    Politics PA grades the polls:  

    Pollsters’ predictions of the 2012 campaigns in Pennsylvania showed conflicting results. Democratic and independent polls showed the Democrats held healthy leads, while Republican polls predicted much closer races. Republicans repeatedly claimed that Democrats were being oversampled, but in the end, their polls proved less accurate.

  2. Two years ago, Republicans swept Democrats into a minority in the state Senate and House of Representatives.  On Tuesday, voters propelled Democrats back into the majority in the House.

    It’s worth listening to this NPR podcast from last week on the divided politics in the state. 

  3. For the first time in history, one state will have a congressional delegation made up entirely of women, and one occupying the governor’s office as well.

    New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated opponent Ovide Lamontagne in the state race for governor, and Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster were elected to the state’s 1st and 2nd Congressional districts. 

    Shea-Porter and Kuster will join two other women who were not up for election on Tuesday, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).

  4. On The Fix:

    Had Sandy delivered the kind of damage to Philadelphia that it left behind in neighboring New York and New Jersey, the presidential game would have been changed. Even if elections officials in hard-hit areas can create accessible and well-staffed polling places, getting beleaguered storm sufferers to vote is a whole other problem.

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  5. To say that Republicans took over the New Hampshire state House in the 2010 election would be an understatement. They dominated, winning a 3-1 majority over their Democratic counterparts.

    Now, 64 of those Democrats are asking voters for their jobs back. 

  6. From CNN:

    The push by Pelosi and fellow Democrats to win back the House comes after the party lost control of the chamber in the 2010 midterm elections. In order to regain a majority, Democrats are aggressively trying to pick up 25 seats in November’s election.

    Pelosi said Sunday that without a Democratic majority in the House, legislative gridlock would persist on Capitol Hill, even if Obama is re-elected.

  7. There’s another scandal about racially insensitive language brewing in New Mexico. 

    Republicans in Bernalillo County last week began airing an ad condeming comments made by DNC Committeewoman Sheryl Williams Stapleton, who called Gov. Susanna Martinez (R) a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in December.

    The controversy follows a scandal involving a member from the Republican National Committee called to resign over a joke about Native Americans. 

  8. Local news station KOAT profiles some of the Democratic and Republican responses to Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.

    Democrats in New Mexico are praising Obama’s speech while Republicans are claiming that his speech was full of “four years of empty promises.”

  9. Contentious politics got you down? Here’s a nice reminder that — even during their conventions — the two parties aren’t so different after all. 

    Swing state residents may want to bookmark this, as the campaign is sure to get uglier between now and November. 

    Video credit: A.J. Chavar, The Washington Post

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