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Race to 270 The Electoral College and the Campaign Strategies of 2000 and 2004

ISBN-10: 0226751341

ISBN-13: 9780226751344

Edition: 2007

Authors: Daron R. Shaw

List price: $28.00
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The Electoral College has played an important role in presidential politics since our nation's founding, but surprisingly little information exists about precisely how it affects campaign strategy. Daron R. Shaw, a scholar who also worked as a strategist in both Bush-Cheney campaigns, has written the first book to go inside the past two presidential elections and reveal how the race to 270 was won--and lost. Shaw's nonpartisan study lays out how both the Democrats and the Republicans developed strategies to win decisive electoral votes by targeting specific states and media markets. Drawing on his own experience with Republican battle plans, candidate schedules, and advertising purchases--plus key contacts in the Gore and Kerry camps--Shaw goes on to show that both sides used information on weekly shifts in candidate support to reallocate media buys and schedule appearances. Most importantly, he uses strikingly original research to prove that these carefully constructed plans significantly affected voters' preferences and opinions--not in huge numbers, but enough to shift critical votes in key battlegrounds. Bridging the gap between those who study campaigns and those who conduct them, "The Race to 270" will provide political scientists and practitioners alike with fresh insights about the new strategies that stem from one of our oldest institutions.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Bridging the Great Divide
What We Know (And Don't Know) About Presidential Campaigns
The Truth About Electoral College Strategies
Allocating Campaign Resources Across States and Media Markets
Measuring the Campaign's Impact
Learning From Our Mistakes
Television Advertising by Media Markets, 2000 and 2004
Candidate Appearances by Media Markets, 2000 and 2004
Media Markets Used in Pooled Time Series Analyses, 2000 and 2004
Notes
References
Index