Five Types of Campaign Advertisements


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As we move closer to next month’s election – and the elections of 2018 – campaigns on both sides of the aisle are already beginning to inundate Americans with political ads.

It doesn’t matter where you live: odds are you will come across images of well-manicured lawns and ambiguous monologues from well-dressed, but not too well-dressed, Americans running for political office.

But can you identify a political ad before the first image of a politician’s family pops up? Here’s a primer on the different types of campaign ads to get you ready for every type of political content that will be broadcast, streamed, and Instagrammed in the coming year.

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Incumbency Advantage? Meet the Incumbents and their Challengers in Three Major East Coast Mayoral Races this Year – Part III Boston


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As we have seen in the last blog posts, there are many important mayoral races happening this year. Issues such as police-community relations, education, and affordable housing are being discussed at the local level in preparation for these fall elections. Today we are looking at an incumbent mayor up for reelection in Boston against a city councilman and a dissatisfied citizen. In anticipation of the September primaries here is the final part of our preview:

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Incumbency Advantage? Meet the Incumbents and their Challengers in Three Major East Coast Mayoral Races this Year – Part II Buffalo


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Last week we looked at a mayoral race coming up in Rochester, but it is not the only city electing a mayor this year. With the same common themes of police-community relations, education, and affordable housing, an incumbent is seeking reelection in Buffalo. Today we will look there at a race including a candidate responding to legal issues and a retired man. In anticipation of the September primaries here is part II of our preview:

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Incumbency Advantage? Meet the Incumbents and their Challengers in Major East Coast Mayoral Races this Year – Part I Rochester


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Though 2017 is a slow year for nationwide elections, the first Tuesday in November will feature mayoral races throughout the country. Over the next week, we will dive into three such races taking place on the East Coast this fall.

Common themes include police-community relations, education, and affordable housing. Each race has an incumbent seeking reelection. Today we will look at Rochester, a race including a candidate responding to legal issues, a game store owner, and a journalist. In anticipation of the September primaries here is our preview: (more…)

Meet the Candidates Running for Georgia’s Vacant Congressional Seat


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Earlier this year, Georgia’s 6th Congressional District held a special primary election to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R), who resigned to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. There were 18 candidates on the ballot, and the highest vote getters were Democrat Jon Ossoff (48.1%) and Republican Karen Handel (19.8%).

The election was a jungle primary – since no single candidate was able to secure a majority of the votes, a runoff election for Ossoff and Handel will take place on Tuesday, June 20. We’ve put together some key facts about each of them below: (more…)

How to Vote: South Carolina


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On June 20, 2017, South Carolina will hold a special election to fill the seat left by former Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed in February by President Trump to direct the Office of Management and Budget. Candidates for the House seat include Democrat Archie Parnell and Republican Ralph Norman, who won his way to compete in the general election after a closely contested primary runoff against Tommy Pope. Rounding out the candidates in the race are David Kulma (Green Party), Josh Thornton (American Party), and Victor Kocher (Libertarian Party).

For those who reside in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District (which includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union, and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg, and Sumter counties), we have answered some questions in order to help you cast your vote next week. (more…)

Montana Special Election Probably Won’t be Mail Only


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For the past month, Montana has been debating whether the upcoming May 25 special election to fill Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s congressional seat will be conducted in person, by mail, or some combination of both.

In the most recent escalation of the debate, earlier this month, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) vetoed Rep. Bryce Bennett’s (R) HB83 and amended the legislation in order to force state lawmakers to reconsider mail-in balloting in the upcoming special election. (more…)

Men Who Sued the State of Montana Will Not be Added to the Ballot


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On April 8th, the U.S. District Court in Great Falls ruled against including two minor party candidates on the ballot for the Montana special congressional election this May. The two men had filed a federal complaint in March claiming that unlike the major-party candidates, they were not given a fair chance to run for the at-large congressional seat.

Thomas Breck was a nominee for the Montana Green Party and Steve Kelly was a potential candidate for the Independent Party.  In their lawsuit, they asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to declare that defendant, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, was upholding unconstitutional state legislation. (more…)

Meet the Candidates Running for Montana’s sole Congressional Seat


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Montana will be holding a special election on May 25, 2017 to replace former Congressman Ryan Zinke, who was confirmed by the Senate as Trump’s Secretary of the Interior earlier this year. Montana is one of the many states that has been touched by the down-ballot effects of Trump’s cabinet appointments, and this special election will be the first one held by the state in 47 years. The winner of this election will act as Montana’s sole representative in the House, a position that has been under Republican control for the past 20 years.

There will be three candidates on the ballot, all of whom were chosen by party elites at conventions, rather than through a primary election. Rob Quist (D), Greg Gianforte (R), and Mark Wicks (L) will go head to head in the fight to represent the state of Montana in the House later this May. We’ve put together key facts about each of them below. (more…)

How to Vote: Georgia


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On April 18, 2017, Georgia will hold a special primary election in its 6th Congressional District to fill the seat left by former Congressman Tom Price (R), who resigned from his position earlier this year to act as President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Stakes are high for both Democrats and Republicans in the race, and if one candidate is able to receive more than 50% of the vote, there will be no runoff election later this year. For those who are residents of the district and wish to vote in the election, we have answered some questions in order to help you cast your vote on the ballot this upcoming Tuesday.

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