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- DescriptionAmerica's presidential minating process is inherently unfair and exclusive, yielding undue weight and privilege to the states that vote in the earliest rounds. More and more states are beating down the door to vote earlier, trying to redress the inequity on a state-by-state basis. In the ensuing free-for-all, the presidential primary schedule has become so front-loaded that the ainted front-runner with the biggest war chest in each of the major parties is the de facto minee. The primaries are becoming mere ise and pageantry, as the national conventions have been for several decades. From the Primaries to the Polls describes the problem and proposes the solution. The American Plan is designed to begin with contests in small-population states, where candidates do t need millions of dollars to compete and a wide field of presidential hopefuls can be competitive in the early going. A mir candidate's surprise success in early rounds, based on merit rather than money, tends to attract money from larger numbers of small contributors for the campaign to spend in later rounds of primaries. Keeping more candidates in the race longer to challenge to the front-runners prevents a rush to judgment and permits more voters across the country to select from a diverse field. As the campaign proceeds over ten two-week intervals of primaries and caucuses on a semi-randomized schedule, the aggregate value of contested states becomes successively larger, requiring the expenditure of larger amounts of money in order to campaign effectively. A more gradual weeding-out process occurs, allowing a clear winner to emerge only after the full spectrum of candidates has been in play nationally.
- Author BiographyThomas Gangale is the author of the American Plan for reforming the presidential nomination process, which is gaining support within the National Association of Secretaries of State and the national and state committees of both parties and on the editorial pages of national newspapers, including The New York Times.
- Author(s)Thomas Gangale,Thomas M Gangale
- Date of Publication30/12/2007
- SubjectPolitical Ideologies & Parties
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white tables, figures
- Weight585 g
- Width168 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine24 mm
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