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Because it's just one (East Coast) city. When it comes to congressional districts, Nebraska's third congressional district isn't second in terms of the ratio of votes for a single candidate. DC isn't even first. Several districts in New York, for instance, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. She got a full 92% in the 13th district and 94% in the 15th. When ...


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The answer is First Past The Post. The nature of the voting system is such that many people who would rather support a 3rd Party feel compelled to vote against the party that they like the least, rather than for the party they support the most, because their preferred candidate is unlikely to win the race anyway and thus they are simply removing support from ...


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Most of them are just trying to gain national exposure and recognition. A highly-charged primary cycle is a perfect way to do it. Probably, one of the losing candidates will be offered the Vice-President nomination. Also, some of the other candidates may be offered Cabinet positions. Some other candidates will gain enourmous amounts of local recognition ...


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It's not clear to me that Democrats are opposed to border-wall construction (your one source suggests they are fine with border walls/fences where necessary), so much as they opposed to some of the plans for full-border walls that have been put forth so far. Recently, in response to reports that the spending bill would include funding for a border wall, 5 ...


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American political parties are essentially standing coalitions that do their coalition building before elections instead of after What is typical in Europe and other parts of the world is for a collection of smaller parties to win to varying degrees in elections, and after the elections are over, form the whatever coalition is necessary to govern. Here in ...


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Since Ronald Reagan, the Republican party has had three main pillars: A low tax, somewhat libertarian group. A pro-military group. A moral majority, pro-life group. The moral majority group is heavily based in rural areas where gun ownership is common. The pro-military group includes many current and former service members who own guns. The ...


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Here is the statement from Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) regarding his opposition to the amendment: Mr. President, Senator Cruz's amendment expands tax subsidies for upper income households to aid private or parochial schools by allowing 529 account balances to spend up to $10,000 a year on private or parochial school tuition and supplies. ...


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Polling data -- which is what is being analyzed by organizations like FiveThirtyEight -- indicates that Democrats are likely to win a majority in the House of Representatives. Polling data is the best and most objective way to predict the outcome. However, there is no certainty. FiveThirtyEight gives Republicans a >12% chance of keeping the House. That's ...


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Technically infanticide is already illegal Roe v Wade legalized abortion. Technically, you cannot abort a fetus once it has left the mother and Federal law prohibits it. Kermit Gosnell, a late term abortionist, was charged with (but not convicted of) one count of infanticide, an assertion by members of his staff (testifying against him) that some fetuses ...


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Fully-specified polls are perfectly trustworthy in terms of what polls actually indicate. Their topline results are not very reliable. Most people think of polls in various incorrect ways. The most common (and least meaningful) way is as a straight prediction of how people will vote on election day. Polls almost never try to indicate this. Even when hacks ...


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Has Nancy Pelosi made any public statements about why she is not supporting a push for impeachment, or what line Trump would have to cross, before she would support it? On September 20, 2019, House Speaker Pelosi gave an interview to NPR, Pelosi Says Congress Should Pass New Laws So Sitting Presidents Can Be Indicted. But despite the growing chants among ...


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Here are the Democratic Presidential Candidates that definitely support repealing section 1325: Bernie Sanders: His website says “As president, Bernie will [r]epeal 8 U.S. Code Section 1325, putting border crossings on par with other forms of immigration violations, such as overstaying a visa.” Elizabeth Warren: Warren has long supported repealing section ...


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This is a bit of a phony question on several levels. To answer, they absolutely HAVE emphasized the healthcare cost savings. First of all, you claim that they focus on "increased healthcare spending," in the title, but then you talk about increased GOVERNMENT spending in the body of the question. In a system that is based on PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT healthcare ...


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As far as I know, there are no reported cases of Democrats suppressing votes in the same manner as Republicans are seen to be doing, however there are still some accusations of voter suppression that have been leveled at the party. Scheduling Off-Cycle Elections Democrats have, in general, stood against attempts to bring local election schedules in line ...


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Your question seems to be equivalent to: why don't Democrats start acting like (small-government) Republicans when it comes to healthcare? Because that's not their idea of healthcare, or rather it's not what their electorate wants/expects: (Some Democrats like Bill Curry even blame Obama for promising [in 2008] but eventually failing to deliver a federal ...


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Skeptical answer One could give a skeptic's answer for any form of this question in the context of a political campaign: presumably the candidates feel this answer will be more likely to get them nominated by their party in their campaign for President of the United States. However, although this position is not made explicit, it is consistent with the ...


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No, on two counts First, if they were funded by reorganization of current government spending, reparations would legally be no different from any other government program that targets a group. This was established in Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, that a law burdening a group is not unconstitutional. However expansive is the prohibition ...


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The important thing to understand is that betting odds are not a prediction of an outcome. They are a simply a balancing act that aims to ensure the bookmaker will make a profit - no matter what the outcome is. It can be implied that the betting odds reflect the crowd-wisdom, of what people think the probability of the event is - but in no way is the ...


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One of the best predictors of voting patterns in the US is population density. You can see population density by state here. Although this isn't a perfect reflection of how urban a state is (a state with most of their population concentrated in cities could have the same population density as one with their population spread across their state, and the ...


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Here are some examples of statements by Democratic politicians and my best guess at interpretation: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called President Trump's planned border wall 'immoral' “A wall, in my view, is an immorality. It’s the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would think it’s ...


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An attempt to remove Trump from office via impeachment would likely fail because it requires a huge amount of Republican support, and Nancy Pelosi has a good enough reading of Congress to know that the support isn't there. Not even close. If an impeachment attempt fails, then Trump may try to use it to proclaim himself innocent of any and all wrongdoing ...


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I would say there are some limited examples, but overall Democrats don't support illegal immigration qua illegal immigration, while sometimes supporting illegal immigrants (the difference is crucial). I have been unable to find any Democrat who says that illegal immigration is a "good thing" or should continue. However, Democrats largely support humanitarian ...


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Note: this answers an earlier broader version of the Q. that was not limited to modern Democrats. If historical answers are acceptable, then Democrats wrote the book on racist voter suppression. Wikipedia's article Disenfranchisement after the Reconstruction Era covers the Southern Democrat's foul tricks such as: Poll taxes. Literacy tests with ...


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The number of Declared Republican Candidates in 2016 was 17 according to Ballotpedia. Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Ben Carson Chris Christie Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina Jim Gilmore Lindsey Graham Mike Huckabee Bobby Jindal John Kasich George Pataki Rand Paul Rick Perry Marco Rubio Rick Santorum Scott Walker Also listed are another ...


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Many people point to the overwhelming Republican support for (from the Republican Governor Pete Wilson on down), and passage of, Proposition 187 in 1994 as the catalyst that doomed the Republican party for a generation or more in statewide elections in California. The Proposition was an illegal immigration based ballot initiative that was similar in many ...


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Don't mistake polled sentiments for election results. In all likelihood, the next presidential election in the US will be decided by a few swing states. It will not matter how much the Democrats win in a deep blue state. It will not matter how much the Republicans win in a deep red state. All that matters is who wins states like Florida, Ohio, or Virginia (...


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The problem here is that everyone has their own definition of "defending illegal immigration". For example, you can chose to argue (as some have) that any action taken to make the life of someone who violated immigration laws to stay in this country less than hellish is indirectly supporting illegal immigration. After all, the bigger of an improvement in ...


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I think it's worth putting this in the context of real deep state examples. This typically manifests as military or intelligence agencies which do not obey civilian leadership. Brythan's answer seems problematic because it confuses institutional independence with a deep state. In cases like the militaries of Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia's KGB, or it ...


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I haven't found anything specific, but I see two possible reasons. Possibility 1: The Democrats voted against to be obstructionist. Given that the Democrats couldn't block the bill itself, it's possible that they were just looking for any opportunity to shoot down a Republican initiative. Since this one ran afoul of the Byrd Rule, it was possible for them ...


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I think having more candidates of a party competing has drawbacks for the party. It divides attention between candidates. So the realistic candidates lose media coverage and generally part of the possibility to make them basically known at all by voters spending little time and attention on politics. This is actually an interesting point. According to a ...


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