From Minnesota to the San Diego suburbs, Democrats are throwing millions of dollars into TV ads tethering House Republican candidates to Donald Trump. Republicans discount the impact their presidential nominee will have on House races, saying voters distinguish between Trump's unconventional candidacy and local, familiar congressional hopefuls
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/4/2016 4:54:07 PM
An exploration of the potential political impact of America's growing Hispanic population. Mark Hugo Lopez has studied demographics and voting behavior for the non-partisan Pew Research Center. In his talk at the University of Minnesota this week Lopez said the Latino community is very diverse... and is quite different in each of the 2016 election battleground states.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/4/2016 5:00:51 AM
More than 40 percent of Americans don't know the names of the men who could soon be second-in-command. An ABC News/SSRS Poll released Monday, just a day ahead of the first and only vice presidential debate, revealed that when Americans were asked to name Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's running mates, they came up shockingly empty: Forty-one percent of respondents couldn't name Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, while 46 percent couldn't name Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. After Tuesday night's vice presidential debate though, this very well could change. ABC News found that 64 percent of Americans are planning to tune into the debate tomorrow night — just 10 percent short of the percentage that tuned into the first presidential debate between Clinton and Trump on Sept. 26. However, only 10 percent of Americans think the face-off between Pence and Kaine could affect which candidate they vote for in November. The poll, taken from Sept. 29-30, surveyed a "nationally representative sample of 245 respondents age 18 and older." The margin of error is plus or minus 8.1 percent. Becca Stanek
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/3/2016 7:47:26 PM
NBA superstar LeBron James believes Clinton can do more to help at-risk kids like he once was, saying she's the only candidate who "truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty."
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/3/2016 5:05:29 PM
Shaming Alicia Machado over intimate details from her past was particularly risky as Trump tries win over more female voters. It also risks calling further attention to the thrice-married Trump's own history with women.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News9/30/2016 2:10:53 PM
Minnesota Democrats have worked to tie GOP U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to Donald Trump ever since the New York businessman became the Republican presidential candidate. But a super PAC's move this week may be a sign the strategy is faltering.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News9/30/2016 9:04:14 AM
More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News9/29/2016 3:54:31 PM