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Unformatted text preview: e. Also must be close to voter. Ideological positions Political Science-10/18/2010 Elections and Voting 1. How do people decide on a candidate? Long term forces(partisanship-people stay the same way) a. Medium Term Forces-policy issues b. Short Term forces-Economy, War and Scandal(candidate) 2. Issue voting and its implications a. The proximity model of choice(position) dominance of median voter. Centrist win i. Closeness determines evaluation. (cant not be to extreme b/c candidates can lose support and must be responsible EX. Tea party candidates) ii. the median voter is critical b. The Directional Model (in order to get support you must stimulate voters) i. Must stimulate each side(so extremes can work)-A view that the center is not bad, but never stimulates much excitement(on far sides). (makes it possible for parties to diverge) ii. Median voter direction a. dominance of popular polices b. the potential for party divergence c. the potential for party shift c. Proximity theory assumes voters have specific policy preferences and then voters choose based on c....
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