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United States: Federal Elections


Comprehensive Sites

Project Vote Smart - offers elected officials' voting records and candidates' positions for more than 13,000 candidates for public office--presidents, governors, congressional and state legislature candidates. Backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and performance evaluations on more than 80 conservative to liberal special interests are included. Political Parties - provides comprehensive list of political parties.
Politics1: States - News from the state elections.
E-Democracy - Hosts local tpoics and forums across the United States.
The Green Papers - provides facts and figures about delegate selection, conventions, caucuses, and primaries. 

2012 Presidential Election

Democratic Presidential Candidates

Barack Obama 

Green Party Presidential Candidate

Jill Stein - Declared November 3, 2011

Libertarian Candidates

Gary Johnson - Declared April 21, 2011

Republican Presidential Candidates (Declared)

Mitt Romney - Declared April 11, 2011

     Withdrew Candidacy

     Herman Cain - Declared May 21, 2011-Withdrew December 3, 2011
     Michele Buchmann - Declared June 27, 2011 - Withdrew January 4, 2012
     Newt Gingrich - Declared May 11, 2011 - Withdrew May 2, 2012
     Jon Huntsman - Declared June 21, 2011- Withdrew January 16, 2012
     Ron Paul - Declared May 13, 2011
     Tim Pawlenty  - Declared May 23, 2011 - Withdrew August 14, 2011
     Rick Perry - Declared August 13, 2011 - Withdrew January 19, 2012
     Rick Santorum - Declared June 6, 2011 - Withdres April 10, 2012

Socialist Party USA

Stewart Alexander - Declared July 2, 2011

New Sites

Politics: - MSNBC Politics Front Page. Features news articles and reports.
Ballot Access News - founded by Libertarians, tracks the attemps of third-party and independent candidates. Also tracks changes in the law, court challenges, and other tidbits of third-party news.
RealClearPolitics - culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day.
Independent Political Report - culls information regarding third parties and independent candidates.

Political Party Home Pages

American Independent Party
American Reform Party
Communist Party USA
Constitutional Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Republican Party
Socialist Labor Party
Socialist Party USA


Gallup Polls
Polling Report
Rasmussen Reports

Specialized Sites

Ballotpedia - Geographic listing of ballot initiatives by state. - checks the accuracy of campaign rhetoric. Factcheck is non-partisan.
Federal Election Commission - official federal independent regulatory agency charged with disclosing campaign finance information. - billed as "the online source for money in politics data," Opensecrets tracks campaign funding by candidate, by geographical area, and by donor. Site even allows you to search local donations by zip code. Site is sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Skeleton Closet - Looking for dirt on political candidates? This nonpartisan site revels in finding questionable candidate activities.


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