Mara Suttmann-Lea

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    Profound partisanship, rather than early voting, may have guaranteed Greg Gianforte’s success in Montana amidst assault charges

Profound partisanship, rather than early voting, may have guaranteed Greg Gianforte’s success in Montana amidst assault charges

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Amidst allegations of assault against a Guardian reporter just days before the election, it was speculated that Republican candidate for Montana’s sole House of Representative seat, Greg Gianforte, would suffer at the ballot box. However, though the nature of Montana’s early voting system led some to argue Gianforte would only experience a smaller backlash from voters (given that many […]

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    As a true outsider, what Trump’s presidency will look like is anybody’s guess.

As a true outsider, what Trump’s presidency will look like is anybody’s guess.

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Will Trump be able to achieve his policy agenda when he becomes president? Mara Suttmann-Lea writes that presidents are typically able to rely on their reputation, public prestige and powers of persuasion to get things done. While Trump may be able to use his powers of persuasion – in combination with loyalty based appointments – to advance his agenda, […]

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    The 1980s Republican roots of Hillary Clinton’s early voting strategy

The 1980s Republican roots of Hillary Clinton’s early voting strategy

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Despite extensive coverage of early voting as a campaign tool this election cycle, it is not a wholly new phenomenon. In fact, the Clinton campaign’s exploitation of early voting as a part of her ground game has roots in similar efforts by Republican candidates during the 1980s. As Mara Suttmann-Lea explains, candidates can – and do – exploit early […]

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    In Illinois, Tammy Duckworth’s better funded campaign puts Mark Kirk’s Senate seat in a precarious position

In Illinois, Tammy Duckworth’s better funded campaign puts Mark Kirk’s Senate seat in a precarious position

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In a state which has tended to elect Democrats in recent years, it may come as no surprise that the incumbent Republican Senator, Mark Kirk, faces a tough reelection fight against Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. As part of our series covering key Senate races in the 2016 election Mara Suttmann-Lea gives an overview of the Prairie State’s Senate race, commenting that the […]

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