How Trump won the 2016 election

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How Trump won the 2016 election

How Trump won the 2016 election

The 2016 election was unique in number of ways. It was only the fifth time a candidate won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote (1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016). Donald Trump had never held any elective office before; the first that has happened in the modern era for anyone who had not been a high-ranking officer in the US military. Trump defied all expectations and predictions in winning the Republican nomination and the presidency. He also had been a Democrat not very long ago and switched to the Republican Party. His wining coalition included many voters Democrats had relied upon and his political positions are a sharp break from the standard liberal-conservative divide which has dominated US politics since the end of WW II. In short, this may be a seminal moment in American politics, a clear shift in American politics marking the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s just an anomalous blip caused when both political parties nominated the two politicians who had the highest negative ratings of any in the US.

Your research question is simple: what explains the outcome of the 2016 election. There are many theories about this and your paper will assess two of those ideas. There are lots of theories. Some are better than others. Your job will be to take two and consider how well they explain the outcome. This isn’t easy and there is no right answer that I’m looking for. We may not get a good sense of the 2016 election until after we see election results over the next decade or so. Only then will we really know if the 2016 election was part of a trend or an unusual event.

The paper should be 10-12 pages long
Font should be 11 or 12 point or smaller
Margins should be no more than 1 inch
You must use at least fifteen sources.
You must use at least two books
You must use at least two peer-reviewed journal articles. See below in the sources section on what these are. Your research cannot be completely from web sites. You should use good newsmagazines and newspapers. You can use the web sites of those magazines and newspapers. What I mean here is that you should not use only sources that don’t have a print format and just exist on line. They will not have the kind of analysis that the print journalism world will. If it is pint somewhere and you can still hold it in your hand, it is still generally better.
None of the assigned readings for the class count as a source. You can use them, but they do not count as part of the fifteen sources required.
Wikipedia or any other on line encyclopedia cannot be used as one of the ten sources. It is an encyclopedia and encyclopedias were off limits as research sources when you were in High School. In other words: don’t use Wikipedia as a source. Do not use other web-based encyclopedias either. Oh and don’t use Wikipedia as a source.

The site with everything needed to understand the paper: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~wnewmann/308%20Paper%202018.htm#_Sources

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