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This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002

Christian P. Potholm

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258 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.8in. x 0.7in.This Splendid Game offers a unique close-up examination of seminal U. S. Senate, U. S. House, and gubernatorial elections-and one referendum vote-in Maine. Potholm focuses especially on the dynamics of candidates and groups use of polling and the media. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780739106044

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Title: This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and ...

Publisher: Lexington Books

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Scholar and avid campaign watcher Christian P. Potholm brings to bear his enthusiasm for politics, and his intricate understanding of campaign strategy, in This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002. For each decade covered, Potholm briefly outlines all of Maine's U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and gubernatorial elections, then delves deeper into one campaign. He examines how Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the Senate, in 1948. He looks into which factors enabled the 'Muskie revolution,' beginning when Maine's long-in-power Republican party lost the governorship to the Democrat Ed Muskie in 1954, and cresting in the Democrat Ken Curtis's hard-fought gubernatorial re-election victory in 1970. He explores how the Republican counter-revolution took hold when Bill Cohen was elected to Congress in 1972, after having won many voters by walking about 600 miles across the state; and why in 1974 and 1994 Mainers chose Independent governors, respectively James Longley, Sr., and Angus King. And he examines how the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant survived the 1980 referendum on its possible shut-down. Throughout the book, Potholm focuses especially on the dynamics of candidates' and groups' use of polling and the media. This Splendid Game yields valuable insights into politics in Maine and the art of the political campaign.

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Christian P. Potholm is Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. He is the author of An Insider's Guide to Maine Politics (Madison Books, 1998) and The Delights of Democracy: The Triumph of American Politics (Cooper Square Press, 2002).

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