Election season is upon us and odds are you’re going to want to keep on top of all the latest developments. Each day, new stories break, updated polls emerge and a bunch of new information needs absorbing. What better way to do it than through your iPhone or iPad? We rounded up 10 essential apps for deciphering the presidential campaigns.
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1. Election NF 2016 (Free) - Election NF 2016 is an app offering a news feed covering all the top political stories from various different US news sources. That means it hopes to be unbiased by offering various different perspectives on everything. Besides simple news stories, it also provides YouTube coverage with debates, interviews and media appearances. You can filter out the topics that don't interest you, too.
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2. 2016 Election App (Free) - Also aiming to be bipartisan, 2016 Election App offers links to live streams for the debates, the Primary schedule so you know what's coming up, along with updated delegate counts each step of the way. Alongside that is a bevy of news feeds catering for all the candidates and political views currently out there.
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3. All Politics: 2016 US Presidential Election News (Free) - All Politics offers some stylish news, with the key information backed up with photo thumbnails. Content is divided between candidates, as well as whether they're left or right leaning, with talk radio options also available. Want to view the lighter side of things? You can check out satire and cartoons through the app, too.
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4. 270toWin ($0.99) - 270toWin takes a different perspective on providing election news. It's there for you to make your own predictions about how you think each state will turn out, before doing the electoral math for you. Throw in information on each state's voting history, and it's quite useful for some background knowledge.
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5. Voter (Free) - Working kind of like Tinder but for politics, Voter is for those of us who haven't decided who to vote for yet. Simply answer a few quick questions about relevant issues, and Voter figures out which politician is most likely your kind of candidate. It keeps things a little vague and simplistic, so it's not foolproof, but it's a handy foundation to build upon.
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6. FrontRunner (Free) - Polls are a huge deal when it comes to tracking how well candidates are performing. They're a great insight into how public opinion is swaying during these crucial remaining months. FrontRunner offers up to date polling results, via a widget in your notification center or the app itself. You'll always know when a new poll has been released.
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7. Politico (Free) - The well known news source has its own app devoted to all things political. That means it can offer some handy insight into the presidential campaigns unfolding, along with dedicated coverage of 12 key policy areas. Regular updates throughout the day will keep you on top of things, but bear in mind that some consider this to be slightly left leaning news.
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8. Election HQ 2016 (Free) - For more conservative leaning news, Fox News's Election HQ app has you covered. Easy to browse through, its Contenders section gives you the means with which to see what candidate you align with on select political issues each week. Alongside that is in-depth coverage of all the latest information regarding the Presidential candidates, right down to prior experience and education.
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9. PollTracker (Free) - Throwing more stats and graphs than you could ever need, PollTracker keeps you up to date with key issues and views. It'll provide you with presidential approval ratings, and how views on major issues like gun control have swayed. It'll do so through some fairly stylish graphs, ensuring you always know what's going on.
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10. The White House (Free) - Everyone's looking to the future, but there's still plenty going on within the current administration. The official White House app brings you the latest updates, including news from the White House blog, the press briefing room, photos and video archives. Live streams are also available as and when a big event happens.