Presentation on theme: "What Happened The Election of 2010. Clearly Stated Learning Objectives Identify and describe the formal and informal institutions involved in the electoral."— Presentation transcript:
Clearly Stated Learning Objectives Identify and describe the formal and informal institutions involved in the electoral process Analyze the theories of why people vote and apply them to the 2010 Election. Assess the upcoming 2012 Presidential Elections.
The Electoral College 51 separate elections Article II, Section I allows the states to decide how they choose their electors How the states decide
Campaign Strategy under the Electoral College Race for Electoral Votes Not a race for Popular votes Draw the map and stick to it
Resource Allocation Time and Money are best spent where they will give you a R.O.I. Many states do not see the candidates Fewer than 20 states in any given election
The minimum winning coalition 270 is all that is necessary – 11 states can give you 271 – This puts the emphasis on big states Can you win or will you win? Remember opportunity costs regarding $ and time.
The Basic Strategy Win your state and Your v-p’s state Do not spend time where you will win Do not spend time where you will lose Electoral Votes, matter nothing else does
Geography and the Electoral College Democrats keep their safe areas Democrats Make In-Roads into Republican Territory Republicans hold-on, barely
Regional Changes The Battle For the South New England becomes more solidly democratic The Mountain West