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The American electorate: Partisan and super predictable

The American electorate: Partisan and super predictable

We live in very partisan times; everyone knows this.

But few things demonstrate the degree of that partisanship like the two charts below, which come courtesy of the blogger (and contributor to the liberal blog Daily Kos) Xenocrypt.

Both charts compare how each congressional district voted for president in two successive elections. The first compares how they voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, while the second compares how they voted for two-time Democratic candidate (and two-time loser) Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956.

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Putting gun violence in context -- in 1 amazing chart

Putting gun violence in context -- in 1 amazing chart

Gun control legislation continues to work its way through Congress, but passing a bill that will actually affect what kinds of guns and ammunition people can buy remains well short of a certainty.

The fact is that, while the nation mourned our losses after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and some kind of legislation (background checks, for example) seems likely to pass, gun violence quite simply isn't an immediate concern for the vast majority of Americans. There are many reasons for that, but a major one is because it has never touched them in a direct way.

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Previewing Obama's State of the Union address (in four infographics)

Previewing Obama's State of the Union address (in four infographics)

President Obama will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday.

As we all prepare for the speech, though, it's worthwhile to look at Obama's past speeches and the environment in which he will deliver his next one. Below are four infographics that should serve as good reference points for the week ahead.

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How Congress is not like America (in one infographic)

How Congress is not like America (in one infographic)

Did you know:

* That more than two out of every five members of Congress are lawyers?

* That members of Congress actually live shorter lives than the rest of us?

* That members of Congress make in two months what the average American makes in one year?

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What Americans think of Congress's procrastination -- in one chart

As leaders on Capitol Hill continue to try and hammer out a deal with less than 15 hours to go before the "fiscal cliff," damage has already been done.

In fact, as we noted Tuesday morning, even before both sides reach an agreement (or fail to), public opinion about the procrastination has already set in.

Case in point: This chart at the tail end of the debt-ceiling debate, conducted right up to the deadline. It comes from GOP pollster Bill McInturff, and it details one-word reactions to the debt negotiations:

It's a virtual thesaurus of insults.

And we should expect the same (or worse) this time around.

Why Obama won the 2012 election (in one chart)

The conservative polling group Resurgent Republic is out with a great new graphic this morning breaking down turnout among key demographic groups in the 2012 election.

The chart, better than about anything else we've seen, shows why President Obama won reelection so handily.

And in the face of what appeared to be a Democratic enthusiasm gap, no less.

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The battle for the House — in one chart

The battle for the House — in one chart

We wrote Monday about how Republicans are playing a surprising amount of offense in the battle for the House in 2012.

While Democrats have spent 70 percent of their funds on GOP-held seats, Republicans have spent less than half their funds defending those seats. Instead, Republicans are going after a bunch of Democratic-held seats and hoping, for lack of a better sports cliche, that the best defense is a good offense.

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The second most important chart of the 2012 election (Hint: $$$)

On Friday, we presented readers with what we called the “most important chart of the 2012 election” — based on newly reported unemployment stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Three days later, we’re able to update the second most important chart of the 2012 election: the race for campaign cash. And it paints another potentially grim picture for President Obama, who was outraised by $35 million in June.

Here are his fundraising numbers, compared to Mitt Romney's, for the first six months of this year.

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What members do after Congress (besides lobbying) — in one chart

Not all members of Congress become lobbyists once they leave. Only 26 out of 118, in fact.

Others of them go into the private sector, academia, or even, in the case of former congressman Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) return to the family mortician business.

Below is Bloomberg Businessweek’s breakdown of what all the ousted and retired members of Congress did after leaving Congress in 2010. And some of them might surprise you.

(And be sure to check out the full chart here.)

How to follow the delegate race — in one chart

As we’ve noted before, the GOP presidential contest is on the precipice of becoming a delegate race.

Your problem: Like most normal people, you don’t have any idea how the delegate process works.

Well, we here at The Fix have your answer; the Post’s already-great delegate tracker has now gone interactive.

The graphic here (shown below) shows you just how many delegates are at stake on each primary/caucus day on the calendar, gives you updated delegate counts after every contest, and even tells you how close each candidate is to the nomination.

So take a look and tell us what you think. (And for the true nerd, also be sure to check out our more-detailed chart of the delegate allocation rules in each state.

The Republican delegate race explained — in one chart

If you want to know why Newt Gingrich is raising a ruckus about how Florida allocates its delegates, just take a look at the chart below.

Florida, by awarding its 50 delegates on a winner-take-all basis, provided one of the biggest delegate swings you’ll see in the presidential race, outside of Super Tuesday.

Mitt Romney, who was neck and neck in the delegate total before Florida, all of a sudden has a big lead, as the colors in the lower left-hand corner indicate. He won just 21 delegates before Florida, and more than tripled his delegate haul on Tuesday.

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