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Chapter 9. Campaigns and Elections. Nominating Candidates Election Campaigns Money and Politics Electing the Candidates Campaign Finance Reform. Voting in Democracies. Legitimizes the institutions Safety valve for discontent Holds leaders accountable Protects against abuse

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campaigns and elections
Campaigns and Elections
  • Nominating Candidates
  • Election Campaigns
  • Money and Politics
  • Electing the Candidates
  • Campaign Finance Reform
voting in democracies
Voting in Democracies
  • Legitimizes the institutions
  • Safety valve for discontent
  • Holds leaders accountable
  • Protects against abuse
  • Organized by states and local governments
electoral districts
Electoral Districts
  • Drawn by the state legislatures following reapportionment
  • Political gerrymandering is well accepted.
  • Racial gerrymandering was declared to be unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
the convention
The Convention
  • Historically the party had meeting to negotiate candidate positions
  • Today Presidential hopefuls must compete in a series of primaries and caucuses or conventions to win delegates at the national convention.
  • The winner of the primary season will receive the party’s nomination.
  • Established future rules.
  • Writes party platform.
the primaries
The Primaries
  • A direct primary is an election held within a party to select a nominee for a general election.
  • Must defeat party contenders to win a spot on the general election ballot
  • Requires winning the approval of the party activists
types of primaries
Types of Primaries
  • Primary elections
    • Closed
    • Open
    • Blanket
  • Runoff elections
  • Preference Poll
  • Mandatory Preference Poll
primary contests
Primary Contests
  • Personality Clash
    • Bush and McCain
    • Gore and Bradley
  • Ideological Clash
    • Bush and Buchanan (1992)
national party conventions
National Party Conventions
  • Selects the party’s candidate for president.
  • Party used the caucus in early years.
  • Has become more democratic since the 1960s.
  • Winner know usually well in advance.
  • Some feel it’s now a giant infomercial.
  • Establishes future convention rules.
  • Writes the party platform.
election campaigns
Election Campaigns
  • Advisers
  • Polling
  • The Elections
advisers and consultants
Advisers and Consultants
  • Candidates utilize political advisors to manage their campaigns.
  • Develop campaign strategies, conduct polls and coordinate the media events.
  • James Carville and Dick Morris are some of the best-known campaign strategists.
  • Conducting political polls is essential for a successful campaign.
  • Must ascertain the will of the people and tailor a message that appeals to the voters
  • Benchmark Poll
  • Tracking Poll
  • Rolling Polls
  • Focus Groups
campaigning techniques
Campaigning Techniques
  • Polling
  • Broadcast Media
    • spot ads
    • town meetings
    • infomercials
    • debates
  • Phone Banks
  • Direct Mail
  • Public Relations
  • Internet
money and politics
Money and Politics
  • $500,000 for a House seat
  • $5,000,000 for a Senate seat
  • $50 - 100,000,000 for President
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Money and Politics
  • Winners out spend losers 2 to 1
  • Geographic size of Texas requires high spending just for name recognition
  • 10 months of face to face equals 2 days of state wide TV
  • It’s expensive for a one point increase
  • 15 - 75% $15,000 per percentage point
  • 76 - 100% $25,000 per point
sources of campaign funds
Sources of Campaign Funds
  • The Federal Election Commission monitors campaign fundraising.
  • Sources of funds include

— individuals - 50%

— political action committees (PAC) - 25%

— the candidate - 25%

— parties and soft money,

— public funding.

  • Limits - individual $1000, group $5000
the criteria for winning
The Criteria for Winning
  • Majority

— Southern primaries

  • Plurality

— General election

  • Proportional Representation

— European elections

types of elections
Types of Elections
  • General election - regularly scheduled national elections held in even numbered years on the first Tuesday in November.
    • Presidential
    • Mid Term
  • Special election - state and/or local election necessary before next general election.
the ballot
The Ballot
  • Prior to 1890 - Controlled by party
  • Utilizes a neutral ballot that contains the candidates for all the eligible parties
  • Party-column versus office-block ballot
  • Permits split-ticket and straight-ticket voting
  • Coattail effect possible with popular candidate
presidential elections
Presidential Elections
  • How is the president elected?
  • What factors have the greatest impact on a general election campaign?
the electoral college
The Electoral College
  • Electors are chosen by each state to meet after the popular election to cast ballots for the president and vice president.
  • Electors equal to the number of House and Senate members.
  • Need 270 of 538 to win.
  • Possible to win popular vote and lose election.
the general election
The General Election
  • The general presidential election contest is about winning 270 electoral college votes.
  • This forces the candidates to focus on the states with large delegations (California, Texas, etc.).
  • Organizationally driven
  • Media driven
the 2000 election
The 2000 Election
  • The 2000 election was mired in controversy, including

— media confusion regarding the projected winner of key states,

— the mandated recount of the Florida popular vote,

— confusion in the Florida courts regarding extent of manual recounts,

— U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting recounts.

  • Bush was declared the winner with a 271 to 267 vote in the electoral college.
campaign finance reform
Campaign Finance Reform
  • Both parties have argued that reforms should be made to the campaign finance system.
  • Incumbents are reluctant to give up the financial advantage.
  • Each party fears that reform would benefit the other side
    • Democrats would not give up PAC contributions
    • Republican would give up PAC contributions
  • Future soft money campaign uses.