POLITICO LAUNCHES '2012 LIVE'

POLITICO has officially launched 2012 LIVE, our new section dedicated to the 2012 race for the White House. Attached and below is the formal announcement, and in case you missed it, check out Sunday’s front page New York Times piece about 2012 LIVE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/business/media/30blogs.html. 


POLITICO LAUNCHES ‘2012 LIVE,’ A NEW WEB PAGE DEDICATED TO THE 2012 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE FEATURING PARTNERSHIPS WITH LEADING NEWSPAPERS IN THE EARLY STATES

ARLINGTON, Va. – POLITICO announced today the launch of 2012 LIVE, a new section of its website designed to provide moment-by-moment coverage of the race for the Republican nomination for the presidency, as well as President Barack Obama’s campaign for a second term.

2012 LIVE offers a huge volume of information on the likely candidates with continuous updates on where the candidates are on the campaign trail, who they’re recruiting as advisers and staff, where their money is being raised and what is being said about them in the media.

The section dives deep into the four states crucial to winning the GOP nomination. With ‘Early State Insider’ subpages dedicated to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, POLITICO brings readers straight to where the candidates are making their key moves. Robust partnerships with leading newspapers in these states – The Des Moines Register, New Hampshire Union Leader, Las Vegas Sun and the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – provide added insight and analysis for POLITICO readers.

“2012 LIVE is based on our belief that political junkies cannot get enough news and analysis on the election.” said POLITICO Executive Editor Jim VandeHei. “We think there needs to be more velocity and information - not less. No other news organization will be able to match our early and sustained commitment to covering the 2012 campaign.”

The section also features an impressive interactive map showing where the candidates are each day and where they have traveled over the past two years. Dubbed the ‘Candidate Tracker,’ the map also offers detailed information about key counties in each of the early states.

Other 2012 LIVE features include:  

·         Candidate Hub: A one-stop location for the most up-to-date news and analysis on each of the likely candidates, aggregated from POLITICO and other top media outlets.

·         Calendar: A comprehensive campaign trail calendar, featuring scheduled candidate appearances, filing deadlines and primary dates.

·         Endorsement Tracker: POLITICO identifies the most important kingmakers and sends reader alerts when they endorse a candidate.

·         Key Staff List: A roster of the advisers and consultants working for the presidential hopefuls, including campaign field staff in the early states.

·         Polling Center: A collection of the latest surveys testing the GOP nomination field and matchups against President Obama.

These features will complement what POLITICO already does best: break news about candidates and campaigns, explain what the news means and break down how political operatives are spinning it.

The 2012 LIVE team features seasoned politics editors Charles Mahtesian, Gregg Birnbaum, Russ Walker and Dan Hirschhorn; as well as the work of political reporters Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ben Smith, Maggie Haberman, Alexander Burns, Molly Ball, Juana Summers and Zack Abrahamson. Campaign reporters on the ground include Andy Barr, Kasie Hunt and Kendra Marr. In addition, Burns will continue to write ‘Morning Score,’ the daily, must-read, cheat sheet for 2012.

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