First Paper Assighment
Requirements: Maximum 1000 words
Due: Monday, October 3
The two major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are entering the final phase of the 2016 presidential campaign. With election day on Tuesday, November 8 only about six weeks away, the two candidates are working hard to win the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. For this paper, pick one of the two candidates and develop a strategic plan for the final six weeks. Of the campaign. Your strategy should address at least the following questions:
1. What issues and themes should your candidate emphasize?
2. What is the geographic focus of your campaign? That is, where should limited campaign resources be committed?
The paper should describe carefully the recommended strategy and, very importantly, explainthe reasons for each element of the strategy. Your explanation should be grounded in what we know about presidential elections and voting behavior. You should, for example, read carefully Chapter 2 on presidential selection in Pika, Maltese, and Rudalevige; much of the material in that chapter, especially the information dealing with the general election, is relevant to this topic. You should also consult material from outside sources to support your campaign recommendations.