Politics 15 October 2010 Five must-read blogs for the US mid-term elections Keep up to speed with the election events across the Atlantic with our pick of the web. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 1. FiveThirtyEight FiveThirtyEight says it aims to "cut through the clutter of this data-rich world", and it doesn't disappoint. Its beautifully clear maps and diagrams on politicians, polls, and predictions are accompanied by posts guiding you beyond the statistics to understand the underlying evidence. Essential reading. 2. Rasmussen Reports Probably the most comprehensive coverage of US opinion polls, not only on the popularity of candidates, but citizens' views on almost anything. Crucial for understanding what the American public is thinking. 3. The Daily Beast's Election Oracle The Election Oracle automatically gathers posts from across the internet and combines them with election poll data to build up what they claim are the most frequently updated predictions on the internet. Particularly interesting are the data on which candidates are winning the discussion on which issues across the internet. 4. The Huffington Post America's leading liberal news website. Excellent insight into liberal American perspectives on the mid-terms. 5. Mark Mardell's America Drawing on American culture and his own interviews, Mardell links the headlines and figures with human stories on the ground in the US. An interesting way to try to get inside the American psyche from a British perspective. › Web Only: the best of the blogs Subscribe More Related articles What can a new book of Holocaust testimony tell us about the Third Reich? Labour must learn the secrets of the Scottish Conservatives What's going on in Northern Ireland?