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The Candidate by Samuel L. Popkin
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

The subtitle is "What it takes to win - and hold - the White House," but this incisive book is even more interesting when it analyzes how candidates and campaigns lose elections that they are supposed to win. Popkin, a political science professor at UC San Diego, has often waded into the arena to advise Democratic presidential candidates, but his analysis here is nonpartisan: he has lots of good things to say about the skills of Republican political professionals and lots of negative comments on Democratic losers such as Dukakis, Carter, and Gore.

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