Notes 10-17 - 10-17 Presidential Elections: When, Where and...

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10-17 Presidential Elections: When, Where and How A)When? Every 4 years Primary to win nomination and general to win election Iowa caucuses and NH primaries first i. Primary i.1. Voters who want to participate go in and vote for the people they like ii. Caucuses ii.1. Break into groups that support a candidate and spend time trying to convince other groups to join your group instead of their group Collective action problem in ordering i. States want earlier input ii. Parties want discipline iii. Result is frontloading So what>? i. Longer campaigns(2008: 2/3 by 7 th week) i.1. 2/3rds of delegates had been decided by that week, therefore other states primaries received very little attention ii. Polarized candidates ii.1. Because only the people who are really into politics gets involved therefore the people that are voted for are on the right wing or the left, nowhere in-between iii. Predict nominees by “invisible primary” 2. Possible reforms Rotate States National primary
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGINEERIN 131 taught by Professor Cytron during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Notes 10-17 - 10-17 Presidential Elections: When, Where and...

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