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The 2011 election: What it meant (and what it didn’t)

The 2011 election: What it meant (and what it didn’t)

There is a tendency among the political press corps — and the political world more generally — to search for the common string that ties together a national election.

At times — the elections of 2006, 2008 and 2010 come to mind — this is not only easy but right. Each of those elections were decided by a set of national issues that drove voters to choose Democrats overwhelmingly in 2006 and 2008 and Republicans equally overwhelmingly in 2010.

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