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What Influences Elections?

John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.

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Do Republicans who are more libertarian have a better chance of being elected now? How about more extreme progressives? Does this year’s results tell us anything about the 2016 presidential election?

What role does messaging and partisanship play in winning elections? What role does money have in influencing elections? More specifically, how much of an effect do campaign contributions have on electoral outcomes, policy outcomes, and issue awareness among policymakers?

Show Notes and Further Reading

Byron Shafer and William Claggett, The Two Majorities: The Issue Context of Modern American Politics (book)

John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election (book)