What The Heck Are We Doing in Ottumwa, Anyway? Presidential Candidate Visits and Their Political Consequence

  title={What The Heck Are We Doing in Ottumwa, Anyway? Presidential Candidate Visits and Their Political Consequence},
  author={Thomas J. Wood},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={110 - 125}
  • Thomas J. Wood
  • Published 17 August 2016
  • Sociology
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
This article investigates the purpose and effects of presidential campaign visits. I recount common strategic rationales for rallies, town hall meetings, impromptu conversations, and the like, and then show how candidate visits are geographically assigned. I also investigate the impact of campaign visits, finding that while state-level political factors influence the location of visits, the visits themselves have little effect on local media markets. Finally, a bespoke survey is used to measure… 

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