Last Updated: Sep 24, 2013
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each of the following will yield different, and essential, information to help you build your analysis
- Almanac of American Politics
• profiles of elected officials including their political interests
• detailed descriptions of legislative districts including past voting patterns
• for further background information follow the links to older editions of the Almanac back to 1998
- CQ Voting & Elections
• look up Office Histories to see the past election results for "your" seat
• check out Candidate Histories for all the past election results for a given candidate
- National Journal Hotline
• up-to-the-minute commentary & analysis of campaigns & elections by insider experts
• check out the "Hotline Race Dashboards" to find commentary on your particular district/race
- CQ Roll Call
a competitor to National Journal Hotline - more analysis & predictions from insider experts
- ProQuest Newsstand
• find local news coverage of your race by searching by state
• columnists may predict election outcomes
• some newspapers will poll voters about local candidates
• glean info on your candidate's history, especially for political newcomers not listed in the resources above
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- Roper iPoll
huge database of surveys from Roper, Gallup, CNN, Washington Post, Fox News, etc.
polling data on national, political, economic, and sociocultural topics.
- Pew Research Center for People & the Press
polls, public opinion research, and national surveys on public attitudes toward press, politics, and public policy issues.