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NEW TO THIS EDITION: • Provides an overview of Donald Trump’s campaign to help students understand the context and factors that led to him winning the election. • Thorough analysis of the role that media and money played in the elections provides a framework for understanding election results. •Provides insights into Congressional elections, their outcomes, and impact. KEY FEATURES: • On an incredibly fast production cycle, this volume publishes just 5 months after the election, bringing needed insight and analysis of the 2016 elections. • Tables, figures, and maps effectively display data and data analysis.

The Setting: Broadening the Presidential Talent Pool—for Better and Worse
1 The setting: Broadening the presidential talent pool—for better and worse
Michael Nelson

Every four years, candidates, consultants, commentators, and, yes, political scientists proclaim the historic nature of the current presidential election. America stands at a crossroads, we solemnly intone, and our nation is at a critical turning point. Usually we are wrong. Most elections are ordinary affairs. But not the election of 2016.

From the beginning, 2016 promised to be one of the most wide-open contests for president in all of American history. For only the second time since George Washington was chosen unanimously as the first president in 1788, it was clear from the outset that neither the incumbent president nor the incumbent vice president ...

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