Winning the White House 2004: Region by Region, Vote by Vote

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What does it take to win the White House? This text helps students understand both the issues and how and why people vote for a candidate. After discussing the dynamics of the primary campaigns, the authors examine three broad sets of issues that play a key role in voting: foreign policy, domestic policies, and the culture wars. This sets the foundations for an examination of regional similarities and differences in voting patterns, as the varying salience and valence of issues—whether general or specific—is ...

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Overview

What does it take to win the White House? This text helps students understand both the issues and how and why people vote for a candidate. After discussing the dynamics of the primary campaigns, the authors examine three broad sets of issues that play a key role in voting: foreign policy, domestic policies, and the culture wars. This sets the foundations for an examination of regional similarities and differences in voting patterns, as the varying salience and valence of issues—whether general or specific—is explored across and within regions. Special attention is paid to battleground states. Drawing on concepts from political science, this book advances students' understanding both of the field and the phenomenon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403968807
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. McMahon is assistant professor at Trinity College. David M. Rankin is associate professor at SUNY Fredonia. Donald W. Beachler is assistant professor at Ithaca College. John Kenneth White is professor at Catholic University of America.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The nomination 1
1 Choosing the candidates 3
Pt. II The issues 21
2 A "moral values" election? : the culture war, the Supreme Court, and a divided America 23
3 The economy and domestic policy 47
4 Reagan's political heir : George W. Bush, values, and the war on terror 69
Pt. III The regions 93
5 The Northeast : all but one, blue 95
6 The South : race, religion, and republican domination 123
7 The Midwest : the arching divide 153
8 The West : the electoral gateway 185
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