Interpreting Election Day results

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     (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    The GOP’s success at the polls this week likely exceeded even the expectations of some Republican pollsters.

    We check in with Frank Newport, editor on chief of the Gallup Poll, for some perspective on this round of elections.

    Now that the dust is settling … what is the biggest takeaway from a pollsters’ perspective on the 2014 mid-term elections?

    The buzzer has now sounded for the 2016 presidential race. Looking back, we can see that just after the 2006 election, neither of the eventual two nominees — John McCain and Barack Obama — was the first choice for the nomination.

    The District of Columbia, Oregon and Alaska passed new laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana has declined some from an all-time high last year, but it is still supported by a majority.

     

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