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Table Of Contents

An Overview
THE 2008 ELECTION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Florida Presidential Primaries
WHO WERE THE CANDIDATES?
HOW THE FLORIDA PRIMARIES WERE CONTESTED
SUMMARY
The General Election in Florida
THE STRATEGIC CONTEXT
POSITIONING, TARGETING AND MESSAGE
HOW THE DEMOCRATS CAMPAIGNED: THE GROUND GAME
HOW THE DEMOCRATS CAMPAIGNED: THE AIR WARS
HOW THE REPUBLICANS CAMPAIGNED: THE GROUND GAME
HOW THE REPUBLICANS CAMPAIGNED: THE AIR WARS
The Election Results
EARLY AND ABSENTEE VOTING
THE PATTERN OF RESULTS
Table 4.2. Presidential Vote Outcomes in Florida (1960–2008)
THE COUNTY-BY-COUNTY RESULTS
Figure 4.2. Presidential Voting Trends in Florida, 1998–2008
EXPLAINING INCREASED COMPETITIVENESS
Voter Registration in Florida and the Nation (1968–2008)
VOTER TURNOUT IN THE 2008 ELECTION
TURNOUT ACROSS COUNTIES
Social Groups and the Vote
GROUP VOTING IN FLORIDA: 2004 AND 2008
GROUP VOTING: FLORIDA AND THE NATION
Candidates and Issues in the 2008 Campaign
THE CONCERNS OF THE ELECTORATE
CANDIDATE QUALITIES
The Outcome of the 2008 Congressional Races
INTRODUCTION
DISTRICT BY DISTRICT ANALYSIS
INCUMBENCY SUCCESS
The Outcome of the 2008 Election Cycle
OUTCOME
TIGHT LEGISLATIVE RACES
The 2008 Elections and the Future of Florida Politics
STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS
LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT
Bibliography
Index
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The 2008 Election in Florida: Change! But Only at the Top of the Ticket

The 2008 Election in Florida: Change! But Only at the Top of the Ticket

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During 2008, the Democrats achieved in Florida a goal that had eluded them in all but three of the national elections since 1964: victory in the presidential race. Despite this success, the Republicans retained their dominance in the U.S. Congress and in the Florida State Legislature. The 2008 Elections in Florida utilizes multiple types of data to provide an explanation for the disparate outcomes of these elections. The book chronicles changes in voter registration and turnout over time and compares the electoral behavior of groups in Florida to that in the nation as a whole. It examines the importance of legislative apportionment, term limits and incumbency to the outcome of congressional and state legislative races and provides important clues to the future of electoral behavior in one of the nation's most important states.
During 2008, the Democrats achieved in Florida a goal that had eluded them in all but three of the national elections since 1964: victory in the presidential race. Despite this success, the Republicans retained their dominance in the U.S. Congress and in the Florida State Legislature. The 2008 Elections in Florida utilizes multiple types of data to provide an explanation for the disparate outcomes of these elections. The book chronicles changes in voter registration and turnout over time and compares the electoral behavior of groups in Florida to that in the nation as a whole. It examines the importance of legislative apportionment, term limits and incumbency to the outcome of congressional and state legislative races and provides important clues to the future of electoral behavior in one of the nation's most important states.

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