"I spent five weeks trying to find good people. I got down into last week interviewing a 70-year-old guy who was a great farm broadcaster in Illinois. He decided because of his health problems he couldn't do it….We needed to find somebody to run, somebody who wanted to run. And, you know, Alan Keyes wants to run."
— House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) on how a candidate was found to run against Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate, quoted in The New York Times, August 8
For the true campaign junkie, even the steady IV drip of the 24-hour news channels may not be enough. If you just want to keep your eye on the big picture, electoral-vote.com compiles the latest polling data to give you a quick look at who's leading where. University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, at centerforpolitics.org/crystalball, provides more in-depth analysis and handicaps the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. And if you're itching to play Karl Rove, check out pbs.org/newshour/vote2004/politics101.html, where an interactive electoral map lets you project the consequences of shifting votes in one or more states.