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Making Sense of the 2016 Elections

Making Sense of the 2016 Elections
A CQ Press Guide

First Edition

January 2017 | 48 pages | CQ Press
How did Donald Trump secure the Republican nomination when nearly all the available research suggested it should have been impossible? What can we learn about the factors that drove turnout among key voting blocs? And what issues did voters find important in 2016?

Get a big picture understanding of what happened in the 2016 elections and why. Designed to be used as a supplement to American politics texts, this brief overview from Brian Schaffner and John Clark provides a concise analysis, going beyond horserace journalism, and gives students an accessible insight into political scientists' view of this ground breaking election. Students will benefit from seeing how broader political science concepts apply to a campaign and election that is fresh in their minds. Whether packaged with another SAGE | CQ Press title or used on its own, Schaffner and Clark’s Making Sense of the 2016 Elections will give your students the key insight they need.

The Electoral Landscape in 2016
Choosing the Presidential Nominees
The Invisible Primary  
The Democratic Party Decides on Clinton  
The Republican Party Decides Not to Decide  
The General Election Campaign
The Case for Thinking the Campaign Mattered  
The Case for Thinking the Campaign Was of Minimal Importance  
Campaigns Are Mostly about Mobilization  
The Outcome
Another Electoral College/Popular Vote Split  
Where the Election Was Won  
How Key Groups Voted  
Why People Voted for Trump  
The Battle for Control of Congress
How Republicans Kept the Senate Red  
Why Republicans Retained Their House Majority  
Diversity in Congress  
The 2016 Elections in the States
Governors and State Legislatures  
Ballot Proposals  
Putting the 2016 Election into Context
About the Authors
Key features
  • How did Donald Trump secure the Republican nomination and win the presidential election?
  • How does the outcome of the 2016 presidential race fit with standard political science theories?
  • What do the outcomes of the U.S. Senate elections tell us about the role of money in politics?
  • Do the U.S. House of Representatives elections provide insight into the relative importance of the incumbency advantage compared to presidential coattails?
  • What do the exit polls tell us about the importance of party identification in driving voting behavior and turnout?
  • What did voters find important in 2016?

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