In my review of Senate races last week, I classified Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who won the Republican primary earlier this month, as a very slight favorite over the Democratic incumbent in the state, Claire McCaskill. Although some Democrats were pleased that Mr. Akin was the nominee, he nevertheless held a small lead over Ms. McCaskill in the polls, which averaged five percentage points across four surveys conducted in July and August.
Democrats should pick up votes if immigration reform passes and more Hispanics and Asians are able to vote. But the effect pales compared to broader demographic changes. Compare the effects of immigration reform, population growth, and racial voting patterns on future elections. Electoral Votes334DemocratsRepublicans334Popular vote58%DemocratsRepublicans41%ImmigrationCitizenshipPercent of unauthorized immigrants who will become citizens. VotingPercent of new citizens who will vote.
Origin of backronym One backronym familiar to every parent of a newborn is that of the Apgar score. The expansion for Apgar is “Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration.” Actually the Apgar score is named after Virginia Apgar (1909-74), a US anesthesiologist who developed the test in 1952 to evaluate the effects of obstetric anesthesia on neonates. Backronym entered English in the late 20th century.