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Elections and Campaigns. Wilson 10A. Objective Questions. Who Governs?. To What Ends?. How do American elections determine the kind of people who govern us? What matters most in deciding who wins presidential and congressional elections?.

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objective questions
Objective Questions

Who Governs?

To What Ends?

  • How do American elections determine the kind of people who govern us?
  • What matters most in deciding who wins presidential and congressional elections?
  • Do elections make a real difference in what laws get passed?
  • What is the influences of money in the way the nation is governed?
getting on the ballot
Getting on the ballot
  • Work as an individual
  • Get signatures of registered voters
  • Raise money
  • Contact friends
  • Get party nomination
    • This is the first and only step in many other countries
    • In US parties are labels for voters to identify with
which office
Which office?

President

Congress

  • Longer
  • More money
  • Usually more competitive
  • Bigger constituency
  • High profile
  • Exposure
    • Get mentioned
    • Off record
    • Travel
    • Prior service
  • Less travel
  • More personable
  • Lower turnout
  • Client services
  • Duck responsibility
  • Coattail
    • Was bigger factor
    • Now independent
  • Senate/House
    • districting
running for president
Running for President
  • Having name recognition
  • Early preparations
    • Exploratory committee
    • Party identification
  • Raise money
    • PACS
    • Federal matching funds
  • Organization
      • Large paid staff
      • Volunteers
      • Advisers
  • Strategy and theme for campaign
running for congress
Running for Congress
  • Incumbent advantage
    • No term limits
    • Partisan districts
      • At large
      • Single member districts
      • Apportioning
        • Formula
        • Fight
  • Win the primary
      • Little party influence
      • Name and personality
  • Stay in office
    • Tied to districts
    • Weak party influence
  • Type of member
    • Trustee
    • delegate
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