Democracy, Diversity, and the 2008 Presidential Election: Mapping State Electoral Votes by Diversity Propensity

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This paper is an effort to document the propensity of the voters in the American states to select candidates for major offices who differ from the prevailing pattern of white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) males for the offices of US president and vice president. This will be done by mapping the state victories of non-Protestant candidates for president and vice president (e.g., Kennedy, Kerry, Dukakis, and Lieberman); state victories of ALANA – African, Latino, Asian, and Native American – governors and US Senators (e.g., Obama, Salazar, Locke, Campbell); and state victories of women governors and US Senators (e.g., Richards, Grantholm, Feinstein, and Snowe.


Keywords: US Electoral Politics, Religious Diversity, Ethnic and Racial Diversity, Gender and Politics
Stream: Gender and Sexuality
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
Paper: , , , Democracy, Diversity, and the 2008 Presidential Election


Prof. Garrison Nelson

Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, USA

Professor Nelson publishes on American politics – US Congress and elections in journals such as the American Political Science Review, PS: Politics and Political Science, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. Edited and co-edited six volumes of congressional committee assignments, 1789-1992 for CQ Press; author of numerous encyclopedia articles; and co-author of the forthcoming book, The Austin-Boston Connection: Leadership in the US House. Past President of the New England and Northeastern Political Science Associations.

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