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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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3 Capturing Democracy’s Surge

Stuart Comstock-Gay and Miles Rapoport

AFTER an extraordinary and groundbreaking election year, old assumptions about what a presidential candidate had to look like have been retired forever. The 2008 campaign would have produced the first female presidential nominee of a major party, had it not given us the first African American nominee instead. After the Democrats had made their decision, the Republicans delivered the second-ever female nominee for vice president.

But well before anyone had been nominated or elected, democracy itself was the winner. The supposedly “front-loaded” Democratic race was longer and closer than anyone had expected, with hotly contested results far beyond the usual battlegrounds. ...

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