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In contrast to pundits’ claims, Barack Obama won reelection because of the economy – not despite it

Dickinson, Matthew (2014) In contrast to pundits’ claims, Barack Obama won reelection because of the economy – not despite it. LSE American Politics and Policy (22 Apr 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Many media post-mortems of the 2012 presidential race assume that the sluggish economy made Mitt Romney the favorite, but that President Obama prevailed due to a combination of his more likeable personality, a superior ground-game and an effective early advertising blitz, as well as Romney’s campaign mistakes. Implicitly, this narrative suggests that voters are easily swayed by media ads, candidate blandishments, and other campaign tactics, and that unexpected events, such as candidate gaffes, play a decisive role in electoral outcomes. Matthew Dickinson argues that Obama’s victory owes much more to the traditional fundamentals, particularly incumbency status and the economy, that usually determine the outcome of presidential elections.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 09:51
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2019 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58836

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