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FiveThirtyEight Politics

Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.

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October Surprises Don't Usually Decide Elections

The crew discusses this year's October surprises and the likelihood that a late development could shake up the race for president.


26 Oct 2020

Rank #1

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The Second Debate Is Over And The Final Stage Of The Campaign Is Here

The crew reacts to the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.


23 Oct 2020

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What Happened To Down-Ballot Democrats?

The crew discusses the challenges Democrats faced in House, Senate and state legislature races. They also ask whether it was a good use of polling to survey preferences for the 2024 Republican primary before Trump has even left the White House.


30 Nov 2020

Rank #3

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Final Reflections Before The Election

In the final pre-election installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew takes a final look at the data, reflects on the stories that have defined the 2020 campaign and shares their guide of what to follow on election night.


3 Nov 2020

Rank #4

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Bloomberg Stumbles In Chaotic Debate

In a late night edition of the podcast, the crew reacts to the Nevada Democratic primary debate.


20 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Trump's Fraud Obsession May Hurt The GOP In Georgia

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Tia Mitchell joins the crew to discuss why Republicans are attempting to overturn the election. They also check in on the state of the runoffs in Georgia the day before Election Day.


4 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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What Went Down In The South Carolina Debate

The crew reacts to a messy Democratic debate in South Carolina.


26 Feb 2020

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Is Even Coronavirus Partisan?

The crew discusses the results of a poll on coronavirus and previews the upcoming primary races.


9 Mar 2020

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Can Bloomberg Win?!

The crew discusses Michael Bloomberg's chances of winning the nomination. They also debate whether Bernie Sanders has a lock on the Nevada caucuses.


18 Feb 2020

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Wisconsin's Election Is A Mess

The crew digs into the challenges facing Wisconsin's election, given partisanship and the COVID-19 pandemic. They also take stock of where we are in the arc of the crisis.


6 Apr 2020

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How To Make Polls Better

Galen Druke speaks with two A+ rated pollsters, J. Ann Selzer and Patrick Murray, about how they view the challenges of polling and what can be done about them.

1hr 12mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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Why Republicans Still Doubt The Election Results

The two biggest stories of 2020 in the U.S. -- the pandemic and the election -- are finding some closure today, though each is really just entering its next phase. The conflicts and challenges presented by both the pandemic and President Trump’s attempts to overturn the election are not over.

1hr 1min

14 Dec 2020

Rank #12