I'm Here to Ask for Your Vote: How Presidential Campaign Visits Influence Voters (Paperback)

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I'm Here to Ask for Your Vote: How Presidential Campaign Visits Influence Voters By Christopher J. Devine Cover Image

I'm Here to Ask for Your Vote: How Presidential Campaign Visits Influence Voters (Paperback)

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During presidential campaigns, candidates crisscross the country nonstop--visiting swing states, their home turf, and enemy territory. But do all those campaign visits make a difference when Election Day comes? If so, how and under what conditions? Do they mobilize the partisan faithful or persuade undecided voters? What do campaigns try to achieve through campaign visits--and when do they succeed?

I'm Here to Ask for Your Vote is a comprehensive and compelling examination of the strategy and effectiveness of presidential campaign visits. Christopher J. Devine uses an original database of presidential and vice-presidential campaign visits from 2008 through 2020 to estimate the effects of visits on vote choice and turnout, both among individual voters and within counties. He finds that campaign visits do not usually influence voting behavior, but when they do, most often it is by persuading undecided voters--as was the case for John McCain in 2008 and even Donald Trump in 2020. Challenging the recent emphasis on candidates playing to their base, this book suggests that persuasion is still a viable campaign strategy, in which candidate visits may play a major role.

I'm Here to Ask for Your Vote is an authoritative and engaging analysis designed for scholars, strategists, students, and other readers interested in understanding how campaign visits--and campaigns more broadly--shape presidential election outcomes.
Christopher J. Devine is associate professor of political science at the University of Dayton. His books include Do Running Mates Matter? The Influence of Vice Presidential Candidates in Presidential Elections (with Kyle C. Kopko, 2020). His writing has appeared in various media outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico, NBC News, and FiveThirtyEight.
Product Details ISBN: 9780231212359
ISBN-10: 0231212356
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: December 19th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English