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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Party Influence Over Elections

The reading and our discussions in class have focused on party influence in elections and campaigns. This article from The Politico illustrates that even though elections can be more candidate centered than party centered, congressional committees and the parties still have some power in determining the candidates. When Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky tried to engineer the election, the NRCC proved that it still has power and influence over who will be the candidate in certain districts.

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