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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.

Candidates and Outcomes in 2008
Candidates and outcomes in 2008

In 1994 the Republicans unexpectedly won control of both chambers of Congress. It was the first time the GOP had won the U.S. House of Representatives since 1952. The electoral earthquake of 1994 shaped all subsequent congressional contests. Until 2008, as each election season began, there was significant doubt about who would control Congress after the voters chose. In 1996 the Republicans held the House for a second consecutive election (something they had not done since 1928), and defended their majority again in 1998 and in 2000. However, the Democrats gained ground in the House in all three of those elections. In the Senate, the Republicans added to their majority in 1996, broke even in 1998, ...

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