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The importance of ambition
              Today…
• Recap and discussion of voters
• Ehrenhalt’s argument
• Who can run for office?
• What do we know about the people who
  run?
• What do we know about the people who
  win?
                 Questions
• Why can we not understand election outcomes
  only by examining voters?
• What does a political career look like, in
  Ehrenhalt’s description?
• Why has a political career become more
  professionalized/full time?
• What skills does a political career require?
• What are the barriers to elective office today?
• Why are personal qualities more important to a
  voter’s evaluation of a candidate today?
What kinds of people seek
    (and win) office?
               House Candidates, 2002
                                                                               Elected to
Occupation                         All U.S.      Prim. Cands      Nominees     US House

Agricultural/blue collar workers    30%              6%             4%           3%
Business/banking                      4              22             22            20
Clergy/social work                    1              1               1             0
Education                             4              8              10            11
Entertainer/artist/writer             1              1               1             1
Law                                   2              18             23            27
Medicine                              3              3               4             3
Military/veteran                      0              1               1             0
Politics/public service               3              23             25            31
Other white collar                   20              9               7             3
Unidentified                          0              6               0             0


                                   281,000,000            1,472          776           435
                 Men
(a word on ambition and qualification!)
      What are the most electorally
     important candidate qualities?

•   Prior office held
•   Prior candidacies
•   Celebrity status
•   Party connections or activism
•   Professional job
•   Articulate, speaking ability

				
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