The Edgy Interview: Jeff Marston

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Originally published in the Competitive Edge Newsletter, March 2018. I’ve known Jeff Marston since we both walked precincts for Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign – yep, it was Morning in America in 1984. Those Del Cerro doors we knocked on had a lot of eager Reaganites behind them, so my one (and still only) precinct walk was a good one with …

The Edgy Interview: Julie Meier Wright

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 Originally published in the Competitive Edge Newsletter, February 2018 Julie Meier Wright sold San Diego across the country and around the world. Perhaps just as important, she’s been an advocate for women taking strong roles in business and politics and serves as a mentor to many women. Julie is currently a Strategic Advisor at Collaborative Economics, a Senior Fellow with …

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Final San Diego Voter Turnout Predictions from Competitive Edge Research

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The 2016 Presidential election has induced much gnashing of teeth among voters.  It seems like there has been an unprecedented amount of attention paid to election-related stress relief. Voice of San Diego devoted not just one but two sessions “focused on mindfulness, consciousness and reflexivity” in an effort to relax the electorate.  The Washington Post recently reported that there’s an …

Will California’s Voters Set A New Record for Apathy?

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How low can they go? California’s voters set a record low of 51 percent voter turnout in 2002. Political pollster John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, made his final voter turnout prediction for Tuesday’s midterm election at the witching hour on Election Eve. Read his prediction here, then weigh in on whether he’s high, low, or right …

Tony Gwynn Was Wrong

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There can’t be many San Diegans who haven’t given thought about the late Tony Gwynn in the past week. Everyone’s got a story, including San Diego’s foremost political numbers guy, John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research & Communication. You might assume Nienstedt would be impressed by Gwynn’s many impressive numbers. Not exactly. In his latest blog post, Nienstedt is impressed …

Will low voter turnout give Republican Neel Kashkari a chance?

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In the wake of low voter turnout in the June 2014 California primary which favored conservative / Republican candidates, is there any chance of a repeat on a bigger scale in November 2014? John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, says November 2014 could be a real downer for California when it comes to voter turnout. As John …