POLS 207 Ch. 8

POLS 207 Ch. 8 - Political Parties and Elections Chapter 8...

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    Political Parties and  Elections Chapter 8
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    Party Nominations Used to be a closed process where parties elite just  chose Caucuses and Conventions Primary elections Closed primary—must be registered as a partisan Semi-closed—can register on election day Semi-open—selection but not registration Open primary—one ballot Blanket primary—can cross lines Single primary (Louisiana)
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    Nominations Changes the nature of candidates Ideology Money Number of candidates Organization Runoff
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    Types of Primary Elections in the States
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    General elections Who wins? Lots of factors Party Economy Scandal Candidate quality incumbancy Money? It is overrated
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    Democratic Share of Total  Legislative Seats 1938–2004
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    Party Control of States 2006
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    Party Control of States 2006 (cont.)
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    Party Competition 1938-2004 Party competition Democratic Party has continuously had more strength than has the  Republican Party Trends since 1938 National trend  Democrats won more than 60 percent of all legislative seats in every election  (except two) from 1905-1990 This is mainly because of the dominance of the Democratic Party in the South Overall, Democrats have about the same percent of legislative seats now as in  1938  Election of 2006
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POLS 207 Ch. 8 - Political Parties and Elections Chapter 8...

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