Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani picked up a potentially important endorsement on the same day. Reverend Pat Robertson, a popular social conservative leader, said that Giuliani is "a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans." His endorsement surprised many because Giuliani’s views on abortion and gay rights differ from those of most social conservatives.
Do endorsements even matter? See what experts think, in this article. What do you think? Send in your comments.
07 November 2007
Long-shot candidate raises stunning amount of money
On November 5, a Republican presidential candidate raised a record-setting amount of money – and his identity might come as a shock.
Ron Paul always has fallen near the bottom of official polls, but nonscientific surveys online and on television often told a different story. Paul’s fans have dominated these polls, and left so many comments on blogs that some bloggers have asked them to stop. Paul is one of the most searched candidates on the Internet and his YouTube channel has received more than 5 million views. In comparison, Rudy Giuliani, who many polls place as the frontrunner, has had about 690,000 views.
Paul's fans decided to use the power of the Internet to raise money for their candidate, and the amount they raised is shocking – $4.2 million in 24 hours. These fundraisers set up their own Web site encouraging people to donate on Guy Fawkes Day, the anniversary of a failed attempt to blow up the British parliament. About 37,000 people contributed.
It is believed to be the most raised for a candidate on the Internet in a single day. It is also only $1 million less than what he raised from July through September.
This fundraising effort is part of Paul's goal to raise $12 million between October and December. He's currently at $7.5 million.
Do you think Ron Paul can reach his goal? Do you think he stands a chance in the election? Send your comments here.
Learn more about Ron Paul here.
06 November 2007
Happy Election Day 2007
While it may not be getting much attention internationally, today is Election Day in many U.S. states. Approximately 176,000 elected offices will be filled by voters in races termed "off-year elections" because they are held in years in which no members of the U.S. Congress are elected.
Even though interest in local races tends to be lower than in national races, local elections for city and county officials, school boards, sheriffs and judges have a big effect on the everyday lives of citizens.
Kentucky and Mississippi will elect new governors, three states (Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia) will vote for state legislators, and many major cities -- including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Salt Lake City -- will elect their mayors. Louisiana elected a new governor in October. Read about it here.
Political experts will be following some of these races to see if there are any trends indicating what issues voters will care most about during the coming year. USINFO is following some of these races as well – and will report tomorrow on some of the winners. Check out the U.S. Elections Web site for the latest information.
05 November 2007
The presidential election is one year away
Just 365 days until Americans vote for their next president on November 4, 2008. Because 2008 is a leap year, voters will have to wait an extra day. The first presidential nominating contest, the Iowa caucuses, is 59 days away … assuming New Hampshire does not schedule its primary earlier.
On the Democratic side, national polls show New York Senator Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead. In some polls, nearly half of Democrats say they would vote for her. Illinois Senator Barack Obama now holds second place with about 25 percent of Democratic voters' support.
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