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Consider the significance of the "invisible primary" in the presidential nomination process. (10 marks)

Point Evidence Significance
Definition. The invisible primary is the period of time before the primary and The invisible primary is significant because it is the first
caucus season of the US presidential nomination process begins. stage…

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`The advantages of primary elections vastly outweigh their disadvantages in the selection of each party's
presidential nominee.' Discuss. (30 marks)

Point Evidence Significance Rebuttal
Primaries are Frontloading is when an increasing number of states schedule Leads to "permanent
disadvantageous their presidential primaries or caucuses earlier in the presidential campaigns" that…

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good at showing They show the parties who can win in different parts of the more likely to win the candidates could still be
who the best country in preparation for the national campaign. election. shown by having a shorter
candidates are. In 2008, many suggested that Obama was a…

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Examine the significance of the caucus system in the presidential nomination process. (10 marks)

Point Evidence Significance
Definition. Caucuses are meetings of Democratic and Republican Party activists or strong Caucuses are significant because they are
party identifiers to express their preferences for candidates in the presidential still a legitimate method…

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Assess the significance of frontloading in the presidential nomination process. (10 marks)

Point Evidence Significance
Definition. Frontloading is when an increasing number of states schedule their presidential Frontloading is significant because leads
primaries or caucuses earlier in the presidential nomination process. to "permanent campaigns" that alienate
"Super Tuesday" began in…

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To what extent have the role and functions of the national nominating conventions been reduced to mere
formalities? (30 marks)

Point Evidence Significance Rebuttal
Conventions Parties often locate their conventions in key swing states to Can influence the
are not try to impact the undecided voters there, such as the…

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platform after the party rejected his suggestion to replace its
antiabortion policy with a "declaration of tolerance".
In May 2014, the Nevada state convention voted to remove
opposition to samesex marriage and abortion from the
Nevada Republican Party Platform, even though the 2012
Republican National Party Platform was firmly opposed…

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"Too long, too expensive and too dominated by style rather than substance." Evaluate this view of the US
presidential nomination process (invisible primary, primaries/caucuses and the national nominating conventions).
(30 marks)

Point Evidence Significance Rebuttal
The Candidates can announce their intention to run for their party's Leads to "permanent
presidential…

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too dominated May increase turnout an advantage that
by style rather amongst younger voters nominees for such a
than or less educated voters powerful position are
substance . who are less interested decided by the way that
in policy matters. they look and conduct
themselves.

Consider the significance of the…

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