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Estimating the Degree of Mobilization and Conversion in the 1890s: An Inquiry into the Nature of Electoral Change
John Wanat and Karen Burke
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 76, No. 2 (Jun., 1982), pp. 360-370
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1961115
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The prime voting dynamic in the critical presidential election of 1896 was, according to the literature, the conversion of Democrats to the Republican banner. Unfortunately, mobilization of new voters has not been given much attention. To assess the role of mobilization, the vote shift possibilities from 1892 to 1896 were formalized, and all possible scenarios conforming to the aggregate data that characterized the electoral shift were analyzed by computer. Solutions to the tables representing the changes in voting from 1892 to 1896 show that in the Midwest more voters were mobilized in the 1896 election than were converted. In the Northeast, the conventional wisdom was not challenged. The findings illustrate the importance of mobilization as an explanation of large-scale electoral change.
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