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.
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…)
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.
Wondering what former president Barack Obama’s been up to since leaving office? Well, it turns out he’s still interested in politics. Local politics on the South Side of Chicago, in particular.
Chicago’s 4th Ward will be holding a special election for alderman on Tuesday, February 28th. The 4th Ward’s previously elected alderman, Will Burns, left the office in April to go work for Airbnb. Mayor Rahm Emanuel then appointed Sophia King, a former teacher and Chicago Public Schools administrator, to the position.
With just a week left before Election Day, most voters will enter the voting booth prepared to vote for president. When pressed, even the dwindling number of still-undecided voters could most likely say something of the candidates’ beliefs and backgrounds. Beyond the president, if there’s a competitive House, Senate, or governor’s race, most voters will at least have heard the candidates’ names.
But in spite of this, around 30% of voters will enter the voting booth in November and fail to complete their ballots. Another untold percentage will reach the downballot races and then guess.