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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 Congressional Elections
The 2008 congressional elections

Presidential selection is the main event of the 2008 election. But the president shares responsibility with Congress, which must enact a legislative program and approve major appointments. Now that we have concluded our discussion of Barack Obama's election to the presidency, we turn to the Congress that governs with him. In Part III, we consider the selection of the 111th Congress.

In 2008 thirty-five U.S. Senate contests were held, and all 435 U.S. House seats were filled. In addition, eleven gubernatorial contests were waged, and forty-four states held legislative elections.1 These state-level elections can have national importance, because in most states the redistricting that follows the constitutionally required decennial census (Article I, section 2) is a political process in ...

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