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Allan Stern11/13/12AP Poly SciHW #91.The differences between a presidential and a congressional campaign are as follows. The most obvious is size, more voters participate in the former than latter contests and so presidential candidates must work harder and spend more. Presidential races are more competitive than those for the House of Representatives. In the typical presidential race the winner gets less than 55 percent of the two party vote, in the typical house race the incumbent wins with over 60 percent of the vote. A much smaller proportion of people vote on congressional races during off years than vote for the president. Members of congress can do things for their constituents that the president cannot. They take credit, sometimes deserved, sometimes not. They send letters to a large amount of their constituents and visit their districts every weekend. Presidents have to count on mass media to connect with voters. A candidate for congress can deny that he