Political campaign

A political campaign is an organized effort which seeks to influence the decision making process within a specific group. In democracies, political campaigns often refer to electoral campaigns, wherein representatives are chosen or referendums are decided. In modern politics, the most high profile political campaigns are focused on general elections and candidates for head of state or head of government, often a president or prime minister.

Campaign message

The message of the campaign contains the ideas that the candidate wants to share with the voters. It is to get those who agree with their ideas to support them when running for a political position. The message often consists of several talking points about policy issues. The points summarize the main ideas of the campaign and are repeated frequently in order to create a lasting impression with the voters. In many elections, the opposition party will try to get the candidate "off message" by bringing up policy or personal questions that are not related to the talking points. Most campaigns prefer to keep the message broad in order to attract the most potential voters. A message that is too narrow can alienate voters or slow the candidate down with explaining details. For example, in the 2008 American presidential election John McCain originally used a message that focused on his patriotism and political experience: "Country First"; later the message was changed to shift attention to his role as "The Original Maverick" within the political establishment. Barack Obama ran on a consistent, simple message of "change" throughout his campaign. However, even if the message is crafted carefully, it does not assure the candidate a victory at the polls. For a winning candidate, the message is refined and then becomes his or her in office.

Latest News for: Electioneering


5 things to know: Electioneering, straight party voting

The Claremore Daily Progress 30 Sep 2020
As election day approaches, Rogers County Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody is taking the chance to answer some common questions about electioneering and straight party voting ... Electioneering is prohibited ... If you're wearing it to sway somebody one way or another, that's electioneering ... It is a misdemeanor if you get caught electioneering....

Zempilas warned over unauthorised use of media platforms for electioneering

Sydney Morning Herald 23 Sep 2020
WA's electoral commission has put the Lord Mayoral hopeful on notice after complaints from other candidates about one of his regular columns in The West Australian .......

State Laws on Electioneering Boundaries

Democratic Underground 19 Sep 2020
State Laws on Electioneering Boundaries ... No person shall electioneer at the polling place on the day of any election within a distance of one hundred (100) feet of any entrance to a building in which a voting machine is located if that entrance is ......

Electioneering complaint leads to county board discussion

The Telegraph - Alton 17 Sep 2020
https.//www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Electioneering-complaint-leads-to-county-board-15576172.php. Electioneering complaint leads to county board discussion. Scott Cousins, scousins@thetelegraph.com Published 4.57 pm CDT, Thursday, September 17, 2020. Image 1 of / 1. Electioneering complaint leads to county board discussion. 1 / 1. Back to Gallery ... ....

Election workers said she couldn't wear an anti-Trump shirt. So she voted topless.

Boing Boing 16 Sep 2020
The The Boston Globe reports that a woman showed up for the state primary election wearing a "McCain Hero, Trump Zero" t-shirt. Poll workers informed her that this attire was not allowed inside the polling station, as it could be construed as "electioneering." And then. ... "They all went 'Whoa!' " he said....

Publicity of criminal antecedents of candidates during electioneering: EC makes norms stringent

The Economic Times 11 Sep 2020
The Election Commission has made it clear that the first "publicity" of criminal records should be within first four days of the last date of withdrawal of candidature ... ....

Electioneering communications period for the general election begins this Friday

Public Technologies 31 Aug 2020
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Ghana: Of Electioneering, Campaign, Road Safety Concerns Avoid Covid-19 Pandemic

All Africa 22 Aug 2020
There is no doubt that electioneering towards the December 7 polls have gathered momentum, and political parties and their candidates are crisscrossing the country to get their messages across to the electorate to win their support .......

Former FEC commissioner: Mail-in balloting opens door to 'electioneering' in person

Fox News 21 Aug 2020
Former FEC commissioner. Mail-in balloting opens door to 'electioneering' in person ... ....

Need for great care during electioneering

Jamaica Observer 17 Aug 2020
Bar owners in Trinidad and Tobago late last week blamed political parties for careless behaviour during the recent election campaign which, they felt, helped to trigger a large spike in COVID-19 infections there. It was a case of bar owners telling the T&T political leadership to clear the beam from their own eye before pointing fingers ... ....