Lost in the Crowd: The Effect of Volatile Fields on Presidential Primaries

Zachary Scott
All candidates attempt to convey agendas through the media, but presidential primary contenders face distinctive conditions. Do these conditions affect candidates’ ability to transmit their agendas through the media? Drawing on theories of journalism norms, I argue that media responsiveness to a candidate’s agenda will, on average, decrease as the primary campaign goes on and candidates’ messages become less timely. Expansions in the size of the field should create more complicated electoral races, leading to...
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