Election Facts

November 18, 2008

Of the 50 states plus The District of Columbia, only two states split their electoral votes: Nebraska and Maine. All other states are winner-take all. Nebraska this year awarded one vote to Obama and four to McCain.  This is the first year in 44 years that Nebraska has awarded an electoral vote to a Democrat.  It is also the first year Nebraska’s votes were actually split. Electoral Votes per State are here.

President-Elect Obama will be facing difficult odds in 2012. The last time that voters re-elected three consecutive presidents to a second term was all the way back in 1820, when James Monroe was elected to a second term after two terms for Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

John McCain had the odds against him in this election. The last time a President left office and was succeeded by a member of his own party was when Ronald Reagan was succeeded by George H. W. Bush. Before that, we go all the way back to the 1928 election, when Herbert Hoover succeeded Calvin Coolidge.

More Presidential facts.

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Supreme Court Appointments

November 10, 2008

Now that a Democrat is going to be President for at least four years, the issue of Supreme Court appointments changes. So which Supreme Court Justices may retire over the course of the next four years?

The oldest Supreme Court Justice is John Paul Stevens, born in 1920. Even though he was appointed by President Ford, he’s one of the more liberal Justices on the court. Second oldest is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, born in 1933 and appointed by President Clinton. Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia were both born in 1936.

The longest-serving Justice is John Paul Stevens, at 33 years, followed by Antonin Scalia at 22 years and Anthony Kennedy at 20 years.

More information about the current Supreme Court and Justices throughout history.