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Almanac of American Politics
This book describes the senators, representatives, and governors of each state. It also provides information about their records, election results, states, and districts. Information included about each area encompasses population; race and ethnic origin; age; unemployment; registered voters; political lineup; presidential vote; biographies of each governor, senator and representative; group ratings (as explained in the "Guide to Usage" at front of the volume); election results; campaign finance; and key votes of the current Congress. A Web site that updates the information in this work is available. To access the Web site, ask for the user name and password at the Library Services Desk in Owens Library.

America at the Polls: A Handbook of American Presidential Election Statistics
This set of volumes reports American electoral behavior in presidential elections beginning with the 1920" election and continuing through the 1996 election. "Both volumes follow the same pattern of organization: a front section containing national summary tables of the state-by-state vote and electoral college vote for each of the elections; a chapter for each state beginning with a summary page that sets out the statewide vote and electoral college vote in the state; a county outline map; and the county-by-county details of each election. Each decennial census is carried with appropriate voting data tables that include the Republican-Democratic-Other breakdown, pluralities, and percentages of total and major party votes for Republican and Democratic candidates." Further information about third party candidates, etc. is described in the introduction to the volumes.

America Votes
These volumes include[s] . . . tables with state-by-state voter turnout and vote for president, Senate, House and governorships" for national and state elections from 1964 to the present. Each volume covers one four year cycle. "There are also sections with the results of special elections[.]" There are also "50 chapters--one for each state. Each chapter begins with a profile sheet listing the current governor, senators and representatives, followed by tables of the statewide vote for president, governor and senator from 1946 or 1948 to the present. Following this information is a map of the state showing its counties and congressional districts for members of the House. Following the map are the county-by-county tables of presidential, gubernatorial and Senate elections."

The Buying of the President, 2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers--and What They Expect in Return
This is a timely analysis of the financial dynamics of the 2004 Presidential campaign.

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Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
This book includes information about pre-convention politics, nominating committees, national party conventions, chronology of conventions, important ballots at conventions, historical information about political parties, nominees for president, chronology of presidential elections, the Electoral College, electoral votes, presidential popular vote returns, presidential primaries, presidential candidate biographies, gubernatorial elections, gubernatorial popular vote returns, gubernatorial primaries, reapportionment and redistricting of House districts, House popular vote returns, senators, Senate popular vote returns, and Senate primary elections.

Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America
The reference work includes profiles of each state with details about the "state's governor, composition of the legislature, and information about major cities. . . . Details about the makeup of the state legislatures, salaries of members and legislative schedule was obtained from state officials. Other information included describes state and congressional district population and urban statistics, presidential votes, "racial composition, Hispanic origin, median household income, age breakdown, and percentage of college graduates," and implications of district reapportionment. Senate and House member profiles include committees, highlights of his/her career, elections, key votes, and campaign finance.

Election Data Book: A Statistical Portrait of Voting in America, 1992
Although the introduction to this book states that it is a biennial publication, the only volume currently in print is this 1992 edition. It includes "charts and tables which show the results of primary, general, and special elections . . . for the offices of president of the United States, U.S. senator, U.S. representative in Congress, and governor; plus information on voter registration and voter turnout. Data are presented for states, counties, and congressional districts."

Encyclopedia of the Republican Party; Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party
This set of volumes includes information on issues and ideology; biographies of presidents, vice presidents, losing presidential candidates, speakers of the house, as well as other notable individuals; conventions; platforms; and elections.

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Presidential Elections
Sections of this reference work cover the Electoral College, electoral votes for President, the popular vote, popular vote returns for president, presidential primaries, presidential primary returns, nominating conventions, political party nominees, biographical directory of presidential and vice presidential candidates, and the U.S. Constitution on presidential selection.

State Legislative Elections: Voting Patterns and Demographics
This volume "contains five unique sets of analysis and data on state legislative elections in the 1990s. . . . The first set . . . describes the strengths (or weaknesses) of the geographic and socioeconomic power bases of each party across states. Three sets of state-by-state analysis and follow: Michael Barone's fifty essays analyzing how party politics have shifted in the 1990s; multicolor maps for each state legislative body that define urban, suburban, and rural districts; and tables for each state legislative body that show which party won (and by how much) for each state election in the 1990s. The tables also reveal the urban, suburban, and rural mix of each district, its wealth, its extent of education, the reliance of its households on Social Security income, and its racial mix. And, fifth, are special indices for each state body, also shown in tables, which calculate the its average Democratic district and average Republican district b demographic mix, income level, degree of education, reliance of households on Social Security income, and racial mix. These party-by party indices are juxtaposed against the overall state average for the same criteria. They also enable the reader to see instantly how closely the party holding one seat fits the norm for that kind of seat or diverges from it."

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