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American Gov’t 24 March 2010_Wed. How Do Voters Decide? - Campaign?  - Partisan Loyalty?  - Prospective (outer view point) or Retrospective (back into the past view point) Voting - Candidate Characteristics Lessons of 2008 -Money Matters (Over $1.5 billion was spent by the major parties and the candidates – mostly  by Barack Obama) -New Technology can be a Powerful Mobilizing Force -It is really hard to get elected if your party is blamed for an unpopular war and a nasty  recession.   Lessons about WHAT NOT TO LEARN FROM 2008 -The lessons from 2008 were about how to win in 2008. -$1.5 Billion will be chump change in 2008. -When an incumbent runs, elections are always about the incumbent
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Unformatted text preview: -When candidates start to run in 2011, none will know the most important issues of 2012 Congressional Elections-Incumbent Advantage-Suited to district (best suited candidate to his district)-Best Candidate-Well known-More $-More important in House than Senate or Governorship-Congressional elections are less noticed by both the media and the public Midterm Elections-Tend to favor the party out of power.-Are more likely to be decided by local issues.-Turnout is lower especially among sporadic or occasional voters.-Are not good predictors of the next general election....
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