TOPIC 9 - TOPIC 9 I. II. III. a b How are Delegates Chosen?...

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I. a II. b III. How are Delegates Chosen? a. Two Methods i. Caucus method ii. State presidential primary b. State law determines the method and sets dates c. Shift to primaries and “frontloading” over time IV. Stages of the Nomination Campaign Winnowing Process a. Early Days – the “Invisible Primary” i. Test the waters ii. Criteria 1. “Mentions” b. Initial contests i. Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary ii. Important only because they are first iii. Free publicity in headlines iv. Criteria 1. Exceed expectations 2. Perceptions v. Changes in Democrats’ calendar for 2008 c. Mist Clearing i. Candidates move on to other contests ii. Weaker candidates begin to drop out iii. Criteria shifts to delegate counts d. Convention i. Nomination of presidential candidate 2. Scripted to look good on t.v. ii. Nomination of Vice Presidential Candidate
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TOPIC 9 - TOPIC 9 I. II. III. a b How are Delegates Chosen?...

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