Partisan Voting Index (PVI) for the 111th Congress


Political guru Charlie Cook has now released the new PVI (Partisan Voting Index) based on the 2004 and 2008 elections. The PVI is by congressional district and tells how much more Democratic or Republican a district is than the country as a whole based on the two previous presidential elections.

See the entire report here:



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12 responses to “Partisan Voting Index (PVI) for the 111th Congress

  1. “Deadlock: Rise of the endless election

    As the Minnesota Senate recount drags into its sixth month and the March 31 New York special election looks likely to remain undecided for at least another week, now may be the time to ask: Why can’t voters pick a clear winner anymore?”

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  2. jammer5

    If there’s one area of humankind that will always be gray, it’s politics. I seriously doubt you could get two people together and have them agree on each ones individual political beliefs. Small . . . large . . .the differences will come out. As such, clear winners are rare. That’s just politics.

  3. Yep, agreed, Jammer. None of us fit easily into a slot.

    I’m weary of partisanship. I’m sick to my stomach of all that happens for no reason other than we chose a side and it’s against the other side.

    We don’t have great choices on our ballots. Take last Tuesday’s local elections here in Wichita — I am dissatisfied with both our City Council and Board of Education, but in my district I didn’t have a vote on the City Council and the choices on school board were incumbent or nutcase. So, I didn’t vote. It still bothers me that the polls were open and I didn’t exercise my right and responsibility. And yet, what would voting have done?

    I don’t see politics as a place where the most brilliant would consider the best use of their time. There are exceptions to any rule, but for the most part we have a bunch of politicians who wouldn’t be able to hold a job anywhere else.

    My hubby has a theory about all elected positions. He thinks from dog catcher to POTUS should be filled by citizens much like we fill a jury. A summons is sent out and you appear and are chosen to serve for that term as, for example, U. S. Senator. Or, a panel excuses you from service this time. You don’t get excused for anything less than really good reasons! Your boss understands that you’ve a duty to serve your country and your job is waiting when your service is complete. There is no money nor power to be gained from this service, you won’t get a golden egg for the rest of your life.

    The learning curve. Yes, we hear often about how the incumbent understands the office, the inner workings, has gained respect… Well, yes, there would be a few things for the newcomer to learn. But that old story about ‘put your fist in a bucket of water, pull it out and look at the hole your fist left,’ being the same as you leaving your job, is absolutely true. There’s no one who can’t be replaced (nope there wasn’t a hole in the water when you pulled your fist out!).

    I spent my adult life recruiting, interviewing, hiring, reviewing, firing, replacing, training… workers. I’ve seen people come into a position I thought was handled most efficiently and effectively by the last employee, and then watched the new person make improvements. New eyes saw the goal and came up with a better way of getting there.

  4. annie _moose

    “I don’t see politics as a place where the most brilliant would consider the best use of their time. There are exceptions to any rule, but for the most part we have a bunch of politicians who wouldn’t be able to hold a job anywhere else.”

    Who wants to stand naked in a fish bowl and get torn apart by the mob? Politics are a contact sport not for the meek. I am not comfortable attaching my real name ,gender or species to any comment posted into cyberspace. Can’t image being in politics!

  5. Good day fnord. You find the best stuff.

    I just wish to be a regular guru, you know, live in a cave, eat only walnuts and play the sitar.

    I can think of a few bloggers who wish I would go do just that.

  6. What? No peeled grapes? 😉

    “…stand naked in a fish bowl and get torn apart…” I hadn’t heard it put like that, but can’t disagree that’s an accurate way to say it!

    How do we get the money and power out of politics? Seems that’s the only way to get headed toward doing something that’s good for the people, the country. Or maybe if they’re gonna stand naked in that fish bowl they have to expect something in return.

  7. How do we get money and power out of politics? We don’t, given the existence of the First Amendment to the Constitution as it has been judicially construed in matters concerning political speech. BTW, it is my less than humble opinion that the First Amendment provisions concerning speech exist due to the feeling of the FF that the government should not be able to squash public debate, that is, what is now referred to as “political speech”. So long as running for office takes the money it now does, accessibility to funds remains the most important factor in a successful run for office.

  8. btw, does anyone know how I make the link in this thread header, “live?”

  9. fnord, I tried to edit it to make it live and screwed it up by deleting the link totally. Sorry.

  10. I appreciate you trying!

    I put it back — dead, like before.

  11. jammer5

    Fish bowl? More like bull rink, or even lions den. Look at the nonsense ejaculated on the internet over Obama and Palin. Who in their right mind is dead on. I think one has to be a major egotist to want any part of that. Either that, or a masochist of the first order.

    I like fnords idea of treating politics like juries. Get a summons, past a background, and you’re in for the duration; either two, four or six.