In Pursuit of the White House 2000: How We Choose Our by William G. Mayer

By William G. Mayer

During this consultant to the most important features of the united states presidential nominating approach, a staff of specialists appears to be like on the heritage and evolution of the method and the recent ideas for 2000. It offers non-technical dialogue of such issues as: the hot Hampshire fundamental; the position of ladies within the nomination procedure; televised candidate debates; the position of experts; the problem of preserving interparty cohesion; and the function of the vice-presidency.

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In summary, the first important consequence of the new rules governing presidential nominations was to take the parties out of the process. 4 suggest that when it came to selecting a presidential candidate, party organizations and party leaders were still major playersperhaps the central playersall the way up through 1968. Beginning in 1972, two sharp changes are clearly visible: there is a dramatic increase in the number of presidential primaries, and nonprimary selection procedures are so significantly restructured as to be no longer controllable by state party organizations.

The Advent of the Marathon Another important effect of the rules changes has been a dramatic lengthening of the presidential nomination race. Once confined to the election year itself, the race now stretches through most of the preceding year and not infrequently involves substantial activity in the year before that. 5, we have listed the date on which each major presidential candidate of the last fifty years formally announced his candidacy. To allow for an easier comparison across years, we have also calculated the number of days between a candidate's announcement and the start of his party's national nominating convention.

5 ANNOUNCEMENT DATES FOR MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN CONTESTED NOMINATION RACES, 195296DemocratsYearCandidateAnnouncement DateNo. 5 (continued)DemocratsYearCandidateAnnouncement DateNo. of Days before Start of Convention1980Edward Kennedy7 November 1979278Jerry Brown8 November 1979277Jimmy Carter4 December 19792511984Alan Cranston2 February 1983530Gary Hart17 February 1983515Walter Mondale21 February 1983511Reubin Askew23 February 1983509Ernest Hollings18 April 1983455John Glenn21 April 1983452George McGovern13 September 1983307Jesse Jackson3 November 19832561988Richard Gephardt23 February 1987511Bruce Babbitt10 March 1987496Gary Hart13 April 1987462Michael Dukakis29 April 1987446Paul Simon18 May 1987427Joseph Biden9 June 1987405Al Gore29 June 1987385Jesse Jackson10 October 19872821992Paul Tsongas30 April 1991440Tom Harkin15 September 1991302Bob Kerrey30 September 1991287Bill Clinton3 October 1991284Jerry Brown21 October 1991266RepublicansYearCandidateAnnouncement DateNo.

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