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One of the first texts to make use of the 2008 National Election Study results, this new edition of Change and Continuity will put the momentous recent elections into historical context for your students.

Questions considered include: What were the impact of race and gender in this election cycle? How did fundraising during the invisible primary shape the nomination contest? To what extent did youth participation determine the outcome of the election? What effect did new media have on the campaign and voter turnout? What role did the economic crisis play in voters choices? Was 2008 a year for partisan realignment of the electorate?

This well-respected author team delves deeply into each area, armed with an array of thorough, yet student-friendly data, graphics, and figures. As with all books in the Change and Continuity series, the authors present election data from a variety of sources in a straightforward, accessible manner and make sure to incorporate and discuss the most recent research.

The 2008 Presidential Election
The 2008 presidential election

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama, the freshman Democratic senator from Illinois, was elected president. The son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya became the first African American to win the nation's presidency. As Adam Nagourney wrote in the lead story in the next day's New York Times, “Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.”1 According to The Economist, Obama's victory rally “was a suitably exhilarating end to the most thrilling presidential race in a generation. … A sense of history in the ...

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