Polisci Notes - Electoral Process

Polisci Notes - Electoral Process - Polisci In-class Notes...

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Polisci In-class Notes 04/08/08 Homework: Read Chapter 6 139-154 “Nomination” Process 1. Framers: electoral college starts it off! Nothing before! Parties develop 2. “Congressional Caucus” 1800-1820’s - members of Congress choose candidate for their party 3. “Old Party System” 1830’s – 1900 - parties hold conventions over the summer before the election - delegates at convention select party “nominee” (Still true) But: delegates are selected and controlled by state party leaders/political machines/party bosses - “smoke filled rooms” No primaries - citizens didn’t have much say during this time 4. “Mixed Party System” 1900-1968 - some states still have party leaders controlling - some states begin to hold “primaries” “Progressive Movement” people who were interested in political reform, existed in both Democratic and Republican parties - in primaries for President you are really Voting for delegates to the Party Convention 1968: only 37% of delegates elected by primaries
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