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  •  I may be wrong... (1+ / 0-)
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    but I think that since turnout is generally lower in non-presidential elections, this gives republicans a slight advantage. This certainly doesn't mean that they'll win every time, but I think this fact does help republicans overall.

    The higher the voter-turnout, the better chances for dems, lower means better chances for GOP.

    "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." - FDR

    by TheNewDeal00 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 04:55:51 PM PST

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    •  Yes, both are correct. (1+ / 0-)
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      1) Off-year elections, where the President doesn't lead the ballot, tend to favor the party who is out of power.  Not always, of course, but the opposition tends to start the marathon at the 1 or 2-mile mark.

      2) Off-year elections tend to have a higher proportion of frequent voters, particularly skewing towards older voters.  We are really not doing well enough to encourage young people and minorities to vote at the same proportion as tea party grannies.  That killed us in '10 and led to this being a decade of Republican control in the House on account of redistricting.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:43:14 PM PST

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