The Roads to Congress 2008
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The book offers lively and highly readable case studies of the most intriguing and important congressional races of 2008. Both House and Senate races are included and each case covers the same topics presented in the same order within the cases. This includes profiles of both candidates and the congressional district or state of the senate race, as well as a discussion of the main policy issues of the campaign, campaign strategy, media coverage of the candidates, interest group involvement and resulting vote.show more

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  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739142097
  • 9780739142097

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The Roads to Congress is most insightful, highly organized, well-researched, and entertaining. It is a major contribution to the literature because it does what few books do in this area: the authors actually take the reader inside these congressional districts and states and convey what happens during real campaigns. The information presented in these chapters is expert, cogent, knowledgeable, and well-documented. Students will find it highly accessible, and anyone who is thinking about running for Congress must read this book. -- Anthony Eksterowicz, James Madison University The 2008 elections were about more than choosing the next president. In this, the latest in the Roads to Congress series, nearly two dozen political scientists offer their assessments of 14 House and Senate election campaigns from that year. Wisely, the authors write about campaigns that occurred in their own states or districts, allowing them to combine 'on-the-ground' knowledge with more sophisticated analyses. A number of chapters provide useful insights and enjoyable nuggets of information, and the volume begins with an excellent foreword by Ken Hechler, a true living legend who served in Congress from 1958 to 1977. Unfortunately, not all the chapters are equally strong in writing style or structure. Although the opening and concluding chapters offer some review of the major factors that affected congressional elections in 2008 (e.g., the poor economy and Obama's strong campaign), the book fails to tease out generalizations about campaign tactics and strategies from individual cases. However, any student of congressional politics should consider the book an excellent reference; it would also be a fine source for case studies in an undergraduate course on elections. Recommended. CHOICE, November 2010 In The Roads to Congress, Robert Watson joins with Robert Dewhirst to train their keen eyes upon the 2008 congressional races and do for them what a number of scholars have done for presidential elections. The result fills a vacuum and provides much-needed insights into the congressional electoral process-an even more diffuse and difficult subject than the race for the presidency. As this extraordinary collection demonstrates, Watson continues to be among our most prolific and thoughtful scholars. The collaboration with Dewhirst, who also contributes keen analysis and clear writing, clearly works. -- Max J. Skidmore, University of Missourishow more

About Robert P. Watson

Robert P. Watson is the Director of American Studies at Lynn University. He is also the author and editor of many books, including The Presidents' Wives, Israel and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman, and America's War on Terror.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Part 2 INTRODUCTION Chapter 3 1. The 2008 Congressional Elections Part 4 HOUSE ELECTIONS Chapter 5 2. Mississippi District 1 Race (Childers v. Davis) Chapter 6 3. Missouri District 6 Race (Barns v. Graves) Chapter 7 4. Illinois District 14 Race (Foster v. Oberweis) Chapter 8 5. New York District 13Race (McMahon v. Straniere) Chapter 9 6. Texas District 23 Race (Rodriguez v. Larson) Chapter 10 7. California District 26 Race (Warner versus Dreier) Chapter 11 8. Ohio District 16 Race (Boccieri v. Schuring) Chapter 12 9. Florida District 21 Race (Martinez v. L. Diaz-Balart) Florida District 25 Race (Garcia v. M. Diaz-Balart) Chapter 13 10. Florida District 13 Race (Jennings v. Buchanan) Part 14 SENATE ELECTIONS Chapter 15 11. Louisiana Senate Race (Landreieu v. Kennedy) Chapter 16 12. Virginia Senate Race (Warner v. Gilmore) Chapter 17 13. Alaska Senate Race (Begich v. Stevens) Chapter 18 14. Colorado Senate Race (Udall v. Schaffer) Part 19 CONCLUSION Chapter 20 15. The Legacy of Election 2008 Chapter 21 Appendixes Chapter 22 About the Contributorsshow more