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The proposed text presents a detailed case study of the US Senate race in Montana in 2012 and is intended for use as a supplement in courses on campaigns and elections, the US Congress, and American Government. This race is of particular interest because it was one of only a few competitive races in 2012 and because of the impact of Citizens United and so-called “dark money” on the campaign. Furthermore, the setting in Montana offers a view into the rising political influence of the West, the importance of “place” in politics, and the impact of congressional styles and constituent relationships on campaigns and elections. The author, David C.W. Parker, was granted exceptional access by both campaigns over the 21 months preceding the election, allowing him to tell the story of the race in fascinating detail. Throughout the narrative, Parker will weave in political analysis and place the race in the broader context of congressional elections and the research literature.

Why what Happened in Montana won't Stay in Montana
Why what happened in montana won't stay in montana

Montana witnessed a Senate campaign for the ages in 2012. That race itself was a singular event and the state certainly is unique. But the record of that campaign, and the insights it provides, are applicable to other competitive races, whether for House or Senate seats and irrespective of location. Through careful study of this campaign, we gain a better understanding of the politics of the American West and of the substantial political clout it has gained. And, we can see more clearly how members of Congress understand the process of representation and its electoral consequences.

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