2006 Midterm Analysis

March 2007
These slides come from a series of visualizations created to help contextualize the major shifts that took place during the November 2006 US midterm elections.
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Latino vote by party, 1996–2006 — The Latino vote had been tilting towards the Republican party for several election cycles, a trend which sharply reversed in 2006, most likely due to the Republican-led attack on immigrants (HR 4437 etc.) which took place earlier in the year.
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Latinos remain more antiwar than general population
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Latino midterm turnout surges in 2006 — In contrast to the population at large, Latino midterm electoral participation surged, presumably thanks to Sensenbrenner et al.
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Republican losses at the state level, 2006
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Republican losses in state legislatures
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Republican losses in governorships
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Increasing rejection of antigay ballot measures
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Republican losses among faith communities
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Nation’s most urgent moral crises — This slide dramatizes the importance of issues of justice and poverty to religious voters, rather than the divisive culture-war issues which get more headlines.
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Changing youth demographics, 1976–2006

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