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presidency ppt[1] - voting • Partisanship • Religion...

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Nominations Caucuses and Primaries Types of primaries: closed, semi-closed, open, blanket primary, non-partisan blanket primary
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Funding of primary campaigns Most candidates depend on matching funds (subsidies from federal government) - though matching funds are OPTIONAL
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General elections - funding Candidates can opt into public funding system (agree not to spend privately raised funds, can’t spend beyond limit of public funds) McCain opted in (got $84 million) Obama opted out (raised over $190 million in private donations)
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Electoral college Need majority of 538 EC votes - 270 How allocated: based on population: each state’s EC votes equals the number of its House members plus Senators Winner take all system Gap between popular and EC vote: Obama got 53% of popular vote, but over 67% of EC vote
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Predictors of presidential
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Unformatted text preview: voting • Partisanship • Religion, race • Issues • Retrospective and Prospective voting • Character • Gender Class exit poll Formal (constitutional) powers of president • Appointment • Make treaties • Veto • Commander in chief of army and navy • Pardon • State of the union • Take care clause Checks on the president • Congress can override his veto • Impeachment Informal presidential powers (not specified in the constitution) 1. Executive orders 2. Support staff: cabinet, Executive office of the President (EOP) Presidential success • Electoral context/mandate (Obama’s popular vote mandate = biggest of any Democrat since LBJ in 1964) • Honeymoon period • Bargaining and persuasion skills • Going public/use of media • Presidential character...
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