The Road to Congress 2004

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-05-02
  • Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc
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Across the country, candidates run for political offices in every election and struggle to win those contests. Undoubtedly, for some the combat is less gruelling than for others. But, for all candidates, seeking an elective office means going through the hoops to win in a primary and then in the general election. This book is designed to lead the readers to see the candidates as individuals struggling to win elections. In so doing, the authors address a number of questions. How do these candidates deal with the whole medley of issues confronting their campaigns? What kinds of decisions do they make and how do they do so? What is the role of parties, issues, and candidates in congressional races? What about campaign strategies and consultants? What of the money and the media? At the end of the day, based upon a variety of selected races from across the nation, our aim in this book is to provide the readers with a detailed understanding of contemporary campaigns and elections in congressional contests at the individual level. This is a unique approach. In the last decade or so, a number of books have regularly provided analyses of contemporary campaigns and elections. However, these works have used aggregate data to make national generalisations. They have examined campaigns and elections from a broad, national perspective. The authors focus on the individual level instead will not only supplement our understanding of contemporary congressional elections, but also show a previously unseen side of these contests. The hope is that readers will learn a good deal about how candidates run campaigns and win or lose those contests. The focus is strictly on Congress. In this book, the authors draw upon races for the House and Senate contested in 2004.

Table of Contents

Editors and Contributors vii
Preface xi
The Congressional Elections of 2004
Sunil Ahuja
Robert Dewhirst
Florida's 14th District Congressional Election: The Sunshine District
Peter J. Bergerson
Margaret E. Banyan
Hustle, Attention to Constituents, and a Little Bit of Luck: Moore Defeats Kobach in Kansas' Third Congressional District
Zachary Humphreys
Martha Kropf
Sessions Versus Frost in Texas 32
Charles S. Bullock III
Rebecca J. Cruise
Ronald Keith Gaddie
Specter Withstands Challengers in Bid for Fifth Term in Pennsylvania
William C. Binning
Melanie J. Blumberg
John C. Green
Redefining Barbara Boxer: Boxer Defeats Jones in California's Senate Race
Marcia L. Godwin
The 2004 Illinois Senate Race: Obama Wins Open Seat and Becomes National Political ``Star''
Dave Koltun
David Vitter's First-Round Victory in Louisiana's Senate Race
Stanley P. Berard
Continuity and Change in the 2004 Congressional Elections
Sunil Ahuja
Robert Dewhirst
Index 119

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