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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 Nomination Struggle
The nomination struggle

The presidential nomination campaigns of both parties in 2008 were widely regarded as unusually exciting and unpredictable. Many onlookers were stirred because the candidates were particularly popular and offered both thrilling and surprising plot lines. Some candidates expected to be among the strongest contenders failed early. Former senator and TV star Fred Thompson and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani failed to show strongly in a single Republican primary, even though they were among the favorites in 2007. Conversely, although he seemed strong early on, Arizona senator John McCain saw his campaign all but collapse in mid–2007, and the media wrote his presidential obituary—rather too early as it happened. On the Democratic side, the emergence of Sen. Barack Obama ...

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