As is often the case in non-presidential election years, a ton of attention has been paid this election cycle to the top of the ballot. In 2017, that means the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, particularly the former (which has been viewed as considerably more competitive than the election in the Garden State). But there is a real story to be told downballot in Virginia, as my colleague Carolyn Fiddler reminded us earlier in the week.
Perhaps predictably, when election junkies turn the discussion to 2018, virtually all of the discussion centers on the United States Congress. And, admittedly, that’s understandable. For one thing, the Democratic prospects (in the House, at least) have greatly improved over the course of the year. For another, any surge in Democratic membership in the Congress would be heartening to progressives eager to see some sort of a bulwark against the Trump presidency.
A few weeks ago, I noted that while Democrats had fallen just short on a few (high-profile) occasions, there had been a reasonably consistent trend of Democrats overperforming their “expected performance” in nearly three dozen special elections to date. I also noted, at the time, that the sample size (which currently stands at 32 state and federal special elections) was small. That changes in a little more than two months.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".