The 2012 election takes place on a far different terrain than did those of previous years; on a policy level, Democratic success may lock in many of the Obama administration’s reforms for the next decade, while Republican success may lead to deep cuts in the federal budget and a partial or complete rollback of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. At the political level, this election marks the first year in which so-called “Super PACs” will be able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the election. All of these developments are taking place at a time of unprecedented polarization among politicians and disenchantment among voters.
This website is a project of political science undergraduates at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. There are many other websites that present information on competitive congressional elections. For this site, however, we have sought to take advantage of Boston College’s MediaKron Project to bring together many different multimedia items for several of the most competitive House and Senate elections in 2012. Unlike most other election-related sites, we have sought to present this in a fashion that will enable the user to compare campaigns on subjects of their own choosing and to make their own choices about what common themes to look for in different elections. Rather than presenting our own arguments about what the 2012 elections are about, we hope to provide representative information on several different campaigns and encourage debate and discussion about what the election means.
This project is supervised by Robert Boatright, Associate Professor of Political Science. Rboatright (at) clarku.edu.