Rachel Bitecofer To Publish New Book on 2016 Presidential Election

Account focuses on strategic elements of the historic race for the White House.

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Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has written The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election, which explains the 2016 presidential election through a strategic focus.

Bitecofer specifically addresses the questions of why the Republican establishment was unable to prevent Donald Trump's rise and nomination, and why Hillary Clinton ultimately lost despite Trump's inexperience and chaotic campaign style. The book will be published on November 9, 2017.

"The Clinton team conducted the near-perfect execution of the wrong electoral strategy," Bitecofer says. "At a time of unprecedented ideological polarization, she shaped her campaign strategy around persuading right-leaning independents and disaffected Republicans to vote for her (or at least against Trump) and largely ignored signs of significant unrest in an influential Democratic Party constituency: progressive voters. This strategic mistake cost her the Electoral College by less than 78,000 votes and ended her chance to become America’s first female president."

Bitecofer specializes in campaigns and elections, political behavior, political polarization, and public opinion, and is assistant director of CNU's Wason Center for Public Policy. She earned a PhD from the University of Georgia.

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