Primary Elections

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Abstract

This article focuses on publications of primary elections from the last ten years. The candidate field for primaries contains diversity in both the strength and number of contenders. The direct primary literature actually does a better job at explaining candidate entry. Political science research from the 1980s and 1990s pointed to two main actors in momentum: media and voters. Campaign strategies are more varied and perhaps more effective in primaries rather than general elections. The impact of electoral rules is reported. The 2008 presidential nominations at first glance would appear to break from the pattern of recent nominations. The close contest between Obama and Clinton refocuses attention on the rules: rules for delegate distribution, rules for caucuses, and rules for participation (i.e., open versus closed primaries).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191584848, 9780199235476
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2010

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Keywords

  • Campaign strategies
  • Candidate
  • Clinton
  • Electoral rules
  • Media
  • Obama
  • Primary elections
  • Voters

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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Norrander, B. (2010). Primary Elections. In The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0027

Primary Elections. / Norrander, Barbara.

The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press, 2010.

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Norrander, B 2010, Primary Elections. in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0027
Norrander B. Primary Elections. In The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. 2010 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0027
Norrander, Barbara. / Primary Elections. The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press, 2010.
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