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Downstate blues: how a black female Democrat won in the white Midwest

Johnson, Richard (2016) Downstate blues: how a black female Democrat won in the white Midwest. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (24 Nov 2016). Website.

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The 2016 presidential election saw the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton perform poorly in large parts of the rural Midwest, areas which had previously supported Democrats. Richard Johnson looks at the lessons which contemporary Democrats can take from Carol Moseley Braun’s 1992 Illinois Senate campaign, which saw her become the first black woman in the US Senate. He writes that one of the most important takeaways from Braun’s campaign is that she actively appealed to white-working class voters by emphasizing change and populist anti-elitist themes.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:26

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