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Alex Roarty

Alex Roarty Alex is the chief political correspondent for National Journal Hotline. Since joining National Journal in 2010, he has covered House and Senate races, the GOP presidential primary, and the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to joining National Journal, he covered Pennsylvania politics and government, most recently as editor of the Harrisburg-based PoliticsPA.com.
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Study: Tweets Can Foretell Votes

August 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who needs polls? A study published Monday reports that campaigns could use Twitter to successfully predict the winner of most races, findings that might bolster the social media service's already robust political presence. The key measure, researchers from Indiana University found, was a candidate's "tweet share," the percentage of total ...

GOP risks political backlash in Michigan labor fight

December 12, 2012 Republicans have been soul-searching on any number of issues since their startling setback on Election Day. Should they adjust their position on immigration reform? Soften their rhetoric on women’s issues? Abandon their staunch opposition to tax hikes on the rich? But they haven’t had a second thought about another hot-button ...

An Ohio vote recount could be a mess

November 6, 2012 It’s easy to imagine what the late Tim Russert’s whiteboard might say tonight: Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. The Buckeye State has supplanted its Southern cousin Florida as the marquee battleground of the 2012 presidential election—the state most likely to tip the race to either President Obama or Mitt Romney. Both candidates ...

Romney surrogate accuses administration of 'another national security leak'

October 22, 2012 Sen. Rob Portman, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, dismissed a report that the United States and Iran are poised to enter one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Portman, R-Ohio, said that the fact both countries are denying the story makes it look like another inappropriate leak from the administration ...

Biden offers most vigorous defense of Obama stimulus so far

October 12, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden offered an unprecedented defense of the Obama administration’s $800 billion-plus stimulus bill to an audience of millions during Thursday night’s debate, and even found a way to use what’s been a political liability to attack Republican rival Paul Ryan. The vice president’s full-throated promotion of the ...

GOP convention to feature Ron Paul tribute

August 24, 2012 The Republican National Convention on Tuesday will feature a video testimonial to former presidential candidate Ron Paul, a nod to the libertarian icon’s influence on the GOP. During a Friday conference call with reporters, Mitt Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer also revealed the themes of each day of the convention: ...

Tampa mayor: Storm threat greatly diminished

August 24, 2012 TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said on Thursday that state, local, and Republican National Convention officials are “significantly” less concerned that Tropical Storm Isaac will be a severe disruption to next week’s gathering after the latest projections show the storm continuing on a track that would take it ...

Former Supreme Court justice not surprised by Roberts' health care decision

August 6, 2012 Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Sunday said she wasn't surprised at Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the federal health care law and added that she didn't know if he – as reported – switched his vote. “I don't have any information about the initial, tentative ...

Santorum's twin southern wins make it a two-man GOP race

March 14, 2012 Alabama and Mississippi threw former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum a lifeline Tuesday, knocking Newt Gingrich on his heels and the Republican presidential nomination at least temporarily out of Mitt Romney's reach. The twin Southern victories will help Santorum frame the contest going forward as a two-man race against Romney, the ...

Perry dropping out; will endorse Gingrich

January 19, 2012 David Goldman/AP Rick Perry plans to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday and will endorse Newt Gingrich, sources tell National Journal. Perry will make the announcement in North Charleston at 11 a.m. The move by Perry to end his flailing campaign was inevitable; it ...