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    Jul 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GOVT-448 The Presidential Primaries: Who Runs, Who Wins, and Why (3)

This course focuses on the nominating phase of presidential elections, with a special emphasis on the early contests. The course explores news coverage of the primaries; why and how campaigns strategically devote resources to early primaries; ground game strategies of candidates, the impact of debates, the delegate selection process, and earned media and social media; and the experience of voters as they receive information and make decisions about the candidates and their own political participation. A core component of the course is an immersive experience on the ground during one or more of the early nominating contests. Crosslist: GOVT-648 . Grading: A-F only. Permission: instructor.