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The Race Is On: 6 Essential Election Season Apps

With Election Day approaching in less than a week — Tuesday, Nov. 6 — political junkies won't rest until the votes are cast, so we've rounded up some mobile applications to make sure you don't miss a beat. Keep your thumb on the pulse of American politics with these six essential apps for election season.

  • Super PAC App (free) — Super political action committees can raise an indefinite amount of contributions on behalf of a political candidate, independent of official campaigns. Track where that money is going and who it's coming from with the Super PAC app, which reveals which action committee is behind the political ads that play on TV.
  • Settle It! PolitiFact's Argument Ender (free) — Settle the score right then and there with Argument Ender, which taps into a database of thousands of Truth-O-Meter facts from PolitiFact.com. Search questionable quotes by name, keywords, and subject, or take the PolitiFact challenge and test your knowledge of political fact and fiction.

Get your political fix with more apps after the break.

  • Election-2012 (free) — Follow local and national coverage with this app, powered by Hearst Television media stations all around the country. Photos, videos, fact checking, voter guides, and maps from the campaign trail are updated throughout the day, every day.
  • 2012 Map: The Presidential Election App ($2) — The electoral college is an important group of people — it's their vote that got former President George W. Bush elected to office. This election app keeps you up to date on the latest polls of the electorate with a live map refreshed daily. Historic electoral voting maps dating back to George Washington's candidacy in 1789 are available too.
  • NYTimes Election 2012 (free) — Read the day's top political stories, curated by the editors of The New York Times. Polling numbers, state projections, candidate bios, and live election results are included. The app itself is free to download, but not all of its features are accessible; you'll need a New York Times Digital subscription for some of the election materials.
  • Politico (free) — Politico is the "one-stop shop" for everything that happens inside the beltway. Get the latest breaking news, blog posts, morning tip sheets, videos, polls, and policy developments from Politico's team of journalists.

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