Political Science 1101 Presidential Elections Notes

Political Science 1101 Presidential Elections Notes -...

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Presidential Elections Timeline - Invisible Primary o Following midterm through the Iowa Caucus (First official primary/caucus event) Longest section of primary - Primary Season o January of election year through mid-summer - General Election Season o Mid-summer through election day in November Invisible Primary - Fundraising because there isn’t a lot of time to fundraise during primary season - “Honing” their message (stump speech) - Travel and Visibility - Debates (Debating other people in the same party…. incumbent can also go unchallenged) Primaries - Both parties instituted major rule changes in 1972 - Delegates are collected by one of two methods: o Primary elections (34): first primary is New Hampshire o Caucuses (20) (more demanding than primaries): first caucus is Iowa o More than 50 because territories have primary votes - Frontloading Primaries: states pushing up the date as close to the beginning of the calendar year o Helps well-know candidates and well-financed candidates
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