Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Presidential price tag

Campaign 2008 | As consumers tighten their purse strings, the presidential candidates continue to spend freely, making this the most expensive campaign ever
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/31/08, 12:00 am

One billion dollars.

That's how much Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have raised collectively during the most expensive presidential campaign in history, according to numbers released this week by the Federal Elections Commission.

To put it in perspective, that's the equivalent of someone purchasing over 125 million paperback copies of McCain's autobiography Faith of My Fathers or Obama's The Audacity of Hope.

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Alaska for Alaskans

Politics | The Alaska delegation, save Sarah Palin, stand by Sen.
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/30/08, 12:00 am

After his conviction on seven counts of corruption Monday, Sen. Ted Stevens resumed his re-election bid in Alaska. Prominent Republicans such John McCain, Sarah Palin, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have called for him to step down. But some of his fellow Alaska Republicans haven't followed suit.

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Highest turnout ever?

Campaign 2008 | Early voters flock to polls, as election officials brace for a massive number of voters casting ballots next Tuesday
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/29/08, 12:00 am

Even though the presidential campaign has dragged on for almost two years, voters aren't so exhausted that they're staying away from the polls. In fact, numbers indicate just the opposite.

Early voters in Georgia have waited as long as eight hours in lines to cast ballots and avoid the expected crush of voters on Election Day. Already, 1.2 million people have voted in the state, more than 20 percent of the state's 5.6 million registered voters.

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