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The Washington Post Launches New Live, Interactive Features In Advance of First Presidential Debate

“WonkFix” Video Features Analysis from Ezra Klein & Chris Cillizza; Tools Track Real-Time Social Media & User Sentiment During Debates; Election Guide a Comprehensive Resource for Key Races

With six weeks left until election day, The Washington Post will launch new features to help users interact with the presidential debates and stay up-to-date on the presidential election and statewide races. The new features include a live video show, a tracking tool that lets you agree or disagree with the candidates and a post-debate video player that presents social media sentiment.  

“The Post is the leading destination for news and analysis on politics. Our readers really know this stuff. That's why, beyond providing the best minute-to-minute, day-to-day reporting on politics, another of our central priorities is ensuring that our readers are engaged with it, hearing from our experts and sharing their own insights and observations,” said Marcus Brauchli, Executive Editor, The Washington Post. 

Ahead of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, The Post will launch “WonkFix,” a special live Google+ Hangout that pairs policy “Wonkblog” columnist Ezra Klein with “The Fix’s” political reporter Chris Cillizza. WonkFix will feature analysis on policy and politics—not to mention friendly sparring—between the two columnists with host Nia-Malika Henderson. WonkFix will air live at 2 pm ET on washingtonpost.com before the first debate and will be available for future viewing at washingtonpost.com/politics.

During the debate, users will be able to instantly weigh in on whether they agree or disagree with President Obama and Governor Romney and vote for the responses they like best through a new feature on “The Grid,” a special interactive tool that offers a visual representation of news and commentary surrounding a live event.  They will also be able to see how other users respond in real time. 

“Instead of just watching the debate on your own, we’ve found a way to have people participate in the discussion as it is happening while providing a real-time, comprehensive look at how others are reacting. And even if you missed the live event, we’ve created an easy way to let you follow along after the fact,” said Cory Haik, Executive Producer of The Washington Post.   

Following the debate, The Post is also making it easy to play back the discussion and view user reaction with a special video player. “Say What” will let users jump to specific parts of the video, watch how users agreed or disagreed with the candidates, and read corresponding Post analyses from The Fact Checker, The Fix, Wonkblog and others.  

In addition to the debate features, The Post’s online Election Guide provides users with everything they need to know about the presidential race and every gubernatorial and congressional race across the country. It features in-depth profile pages with each candidate’s voting record, their standing in the latest polls, campaign finance figures to date, the latest news, analysis and social media conversations and more. Also in the Election Guide is the “2012 Candidate Matcher,” an interactive quiz that suggests candidate matches based on how users respond to a series of specific questions about key election issues. The 2012 Candidate Matcher is powered by ElectNext. 

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