This tutorial will orient you to the process of finding and entering Congressional elections data using the 1980 elections in Virginia as an example. To begin, you should have an Excel (or other spreadsheet program) workbook open, with a sheet labeled “1980.” At any time in the tutorial feel free to pause or go back.
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This elections data came about from a simple search of public records on Google that landed on a Congressional site. For your own projects, you might be creating data, entering published, non-digital data, or using it from an institutional source, such as the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research or the Minnesota Population Center. There is no one best source of data and many times you can find what you are looking for, but you have to spend quite some time digging and compiling sources.