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206Fall2011PP9 - POLS2 theUnitedStates continued l...

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POLS 206 10/11/2011 Voting and Elections in  the United States,  continued
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The Presidential Election “Game” l Announcement l Raising money l Primaries-nomination l Choosing a running mate l Convention l General campaign
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I. Announcement l What prompts entering the race? 1. Open seat --1988 10 Dem   10  GOP --2000   2 Dem    12 GOP --2008    9 Dem    13 GOP 2. “Weak” president --1968       Lyndon Johnson --1980       Jimmy Carter 3. Ideological niche
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II. Raising Money l Sources --personal  wealth --donors --PACs --fund-raisers l National organization l Media scrutiny begins --knock  candidates out --pick front-runners Escalating Costs 1984        $325 million 1989        $400 million 1992       $550 million 2000        $1.5 billion 2006         $4 billion 2008        $5.3 billion
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Does Personal Wealth Win Elections? John Connaly, TX (R) 1980 $11 million Pierre Dupont, DE (R) 1988 $7 million Mitt Romney, MA  (R)  2008 $24 million
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III. Primaries l Pick your strength -- caucuses: meetings, vote preference -- open primary: any affiliation --closed  primaries: members only l Recognition l Organizing skills l Base of support l Fund-raising l Momentum
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Caucuses Vs. Primaries: D  2008 Election l Obama Caucuses: IA, HI, WA, ME, KS, NE, ID, ND,  CO, MN, AK Primaries: CT, MD, VA, GA, SC, AL, LA, IL,  WI, MO, UT, DE l C l i n t o n C a u c u s e
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