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PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;11/15/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 20, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers a look at the strategy of the Republican Party in the U.S. during the 2004 Presidential election. At times, we scoffed when Matthew Dowd or Karl Rove insisted the reason they were focusing on their base this year was that there just weren't many swing voters around.In fact, given that swing voters were so unlikely to vote for Bush, Rove's strategy of running up the vote in sympathetic precincts--particularly rural and exurban precincts in states like Florida and Ohio--turned out to be pretty savvy. What Rove accomplished with his base strategy was to effectively shift the burden to Kerry: Rove was saying he'd take a relatively certain thing--a big conservative vote--and make Kerry beat him across the rest of the political spectrum. It looks like Kerry wasn't up to the challenge.
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15078703

 

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