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Which Issue Each Party Debates, Or Ignores

Source: NYTimes (may require subscription)

Democrats and Republicans sometimes seem to be living in two different Americas. We analyzed the past seven debates on each side to show which topics are most discussed within each party.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/11/us/elections/what-parties-debate-or-ignore.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-regionŽion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Hope you can see this, because the topic selection by the two parties is truly stunning (keeping in mind, of course, that the various debate moderators have also had a hand in setting debate topics)

Here's Just How Massive Republicans' Super Tuesday Turnout Was

Source: NPR

If voter turnout is any indicator of enthusiasm, this year's GOP voters are way, way more pumped than 2012 voters were. Democrats, meanwhile? Their excitement seems to have dimmed since 2008.

Last night, more than 8.5 million Republicans turned out to vote in the 11 GOP Super Tuesday states that reported results. That suggests far more enthusiasm than the last time Republicans picked a nominee. In those same 11 states in 2012, turnout totaled only around 4.7 million.

That makes this year's turnout in those 11 states 81 percent higher than four years ago.

Contrast that with the Democrats. In the Dems' 11 states reporting results from last night, turnout totaled only around 5.9 million — that's around 2.6 million fewer people than came out in those states 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were in the middle of what would would be a long, hard-fought race.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/02/468918065/republican-super-tuesday-turnout

Does this scare anyone else? Could sheer enthusiasm swamp sanity in November?
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