Visualizing The Republican Race

Slate has come up with a unique way to tell the story of the GOP race for 2012, going all the way back to 2010.

I hope they keep it updated.

H/T: Andrew Sullivan

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.


  1. Franklin says:

    More fun to watch then a real horse race!

  2. samwide says:

    That’s pretty neat. All that’s lacking is a little guy coming up behind each horse collecting the campaign speeches.

  3. Moosebreath says:

    Not sure why Trump isn’t in this. Otherwise, it’s useful.

  4. Fiona says:

    Love it!

  5. @Moosebreath:

    Trump is there. He’s the horse’s a$$

  6. Moosebreath says:


    The Republican race (and politics in general) is proof of the Universal Equine Equation — at any moment in time there are more posteriors of horses than anteriors.

  7. Dan says:

    The fact that the only horse who was a spectacularly successful and popular governor with impeccable foreign policy credentials isn’t gaining any traction is a bit depressing. If anyone truly wanted to have a Republican president who could almost certainly win, get things done with either party in congress, and still remain a true conservative (investing in our economically essential but failing infrastructure while limiting the welfare state) Huntsman would be the candidate to beat.

    Of the two other governors in this race, one barely seems human, much less conservative, and the other has shown himself to be unable to even make sense outside his home state.

  8. mattb says:

    One thing this visualizes nicely is how consistent Romney has been throughout the race. Definitely the slow and steady candidate.

    Given that general position, and the fact that he proved with Perry that he’s willing to trade blows (and successfully land his attacks), it again demonstrates that this is his nomination to lose.

  9. jfoobar says:

    Once again, Gary Johnson is ignored by the media. 🙂