The CQ Press Guide to U.S. Elections, Seventh Edition is a comprehensive, two-volume reference providing information on the U.S. electoral process, in-depth analysis on specific political eras and issues, and everything in between. Thoroughly revised and infused with new data, analysis, and discussion of issues relating to elections through 2015, the Guide will include chapters on: Analysis of the campaigns for presidency, from the primaries through the general election Data on the candidates, winners/losers, and election returns Details on congressional and gubernatorial contests from the primaries through the general elections supplemented with vast historical data Coverage of campaign finance, as well as reapportionment and redistricting Key Features include: Tables, boxes and figures interspersed throughout each chapter Data on campaigns, election methods, and results Complete lists of House and Senate leaders Links to election-related websites A guide to party abbreviations This reference will be available in time for readers to gain an understanding of various aspects of elections as we enter the 2016 presidential campaign season.
The quadrennial process of electing a president has two distinct parts—the nominating process and the general election. In contrast to the stable character of the general election—a one-day nationwide vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November—the nominating process has changed many times in the nation’s history.
Modifications in the nominating process have been dramatic—beginning with congressional caucuses in the early nineteenth century, through the heyday of the national conventions ...