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Importance of the Hispanic vote:
Fastest growing + biggest ethnic vote 12%

Sleeping giant = important voting block

Typically = Dem = immigration

Young block = no traditional party allegiance = volatile

Many = Catholic = Dems but 2004 Bush supported = pro life and anti same sex marriage =…

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Catholics = Dem BUT 2004 52% = Rep/ 2008 returned even though scandal with Obama's preacher = `anti
Hispanic Catholics +2
and 3rd generation Irish and Italian immigrants = dem
Jewish = Dem

2008 Reps appealed to religious right but less influential (Dems 2004 = their own evangelical…

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High levels of incumbency = apathy + lead to a ECV, "winner takes all", "wasted votes" ­ ECV
lack of incentive to vote e.g. 2008 reelections favours two parties e.g.
rates to the Reps = 90%

HOWEVER Hapathy, no issue, economy good, no
wars, no 9/11 = no point =…

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TV debate obama wasted no time mentioning Bush =
Dem's who supported Hilary Clinton during primaries
"your president, who you said you agreed with 90% = supported obama
of the time" ­ obama mentioned Bush x12

9/11 in 2004, recession in 2008, in place before obama
circumstances i.e. 2008…

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Enhance participation:

Yes No
Parties big tent but leave holes = don't Some = legitimate concerns but some = private
represent all = pgs allows USA to campaign on interest business groups = contrary to broader
specific issue e.g. NRA public interest: the international brotherhood of
teamsters ­ blue collar…

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Good Bad
Oder to debate, By collating the voice of their Iron Triangles = military complex = legislators,
members and supporters they will be able to national armed forces, and the defense
get their voices heard AARP = 40,000 ,000 industrial base
enhance participation = Most signed to 3+PGs…


Old Sir


There are some very useful references in this survey of factors affecting US voting behaviour. Students should beware of the occasional spelling error and will want to explore some of the examples referred to in more detail, but these notes offer a sound starting point.

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