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Presidential Elections - Now and Then  

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Presidential Elections Now


Understanding the Electoral College

Electing the U.S. President in Plain English (video)
Get a better understanding of how the electoral college works!  This great video from CommonCraft is offered to you through YouTube and our HUHS Video Library filter. 

Explore the impact of the electoral college. You’ll see trends and polls for the 2012 election, by state, as well as a voting history and narrative for allprior elections. 

Polling Map


Meet the Candidates

Speeches from the 2012 Presidential Campaign


Candidate Speeches - 2012
From, a compilation of Obama & Romney speeches.

2012 Presidential Election Documents
Compiled by the American Presidency Project at UC-Santa Barbara, campaign speeches and fundraising remarks.


Campaign 2012 Ads
Obama & Romney ads compiled by the Political Communication Lab at Stanford U.

Political Ad Tracker
Compiled by USA Today.


Presidential Elections Then


Explore Past Elections

American National Election Studies
Time series data from surveys conducted during U.S. presidential and congressional election years, 1948-present.

Atlas of U.S. Presidential ElectionsFrom Dave Leip, maps and data on U.S. elections since 1789.

Clerk of the House Election Statistics
Choose Members, then election statistics. Biennial election data from 1920 to present. Vote counts from every state and territory in the US for congressional and presidential elections.
Feature data and maps that allow readers to visualize election historical results.

Historical Election Results
From the National Archives.

The LivingRoom Candidate
Presidential campaign commercials, 1952 through the present.

Political Party PlatformsfromThe American Presidency Project at UCSB.Republican platforms from 1956 to the present and Democratic Party platforms from 1840 to the present. Selective other party platforms.

U.S. Presidential Election Results
Provides an electioral map, along with popular vote for all candidates.  Search for results by year and by state.

Voting America
Interactive charts and maps on U.S. politics, 1840-2008.

Look again at the impact of the electoral college. You'll find a voting history and narrative for all elections prior to 2012.

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