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Unformatted text preview: Maintaining Election: The majority party stays in power and the underlying basis of support for the parties remains largely unchanged. Deviating Election: The minority party wins more offices than usual, maybe even a majority, but the underlying basis of support for the parties remains largely unchanged. Realigning Election: The minority party wins many more offices than usual, probably a majority and there is a fundamental shift in the underlying basis of support for the parties. These are harder to identify. The last obvious reelection was in 1932 when there was a massive movement from Republicans to Democrats. Everett Carl Ladd looked at Keys research, but in a narrower span of time. He looked at the numbers from 1952 to 1992. Politicians today do not mention the parties that they are running for because of the large increase of independent voters from 1952 to 1992. The dynamic of politics has changed. Ladd called this Dealignment....
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course PSC 100 taught by Professor Colbert during the Spring '08 term at UNC Greensboro.
- Spring '08
- American Politics