First time candidates make mistakes, and it is because we expect them that we can take steps to minimize them. Over the past 20 plus years, I have observed first candidates making mistakes early in the process and during a campaign. This quick guide is an attempt to help first time political candidates avoid the most common campaigning mistakes, and it may act as a refresher for more experienced candidates. PRE-CAMPAIGN LAUNCH MISTAKES Not Doing Correct Research […]

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1 Year later – reflections on LARPing and Jake Rush : I would do it again

It took me several months to get off my couch after the walloping the Jake Rush for Congress campaign took from incumbent Ted Yoho (Rep FL3), but let’s back up to exactly 1 year ago today. At the close of March, 2014, the Jake Rush for Congress was on cloud nine.  The campaign had successfully kickedoff with a 2 day announcement and had just closed a successful, first fundraising quarter.  The campaign felt good about […]

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So, you want to challenge an incumbent?

There is a difference between descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.  There is also a difference between the following two questions: What are my chances of challenging an incumbent? and If I decide to challenge an incumbent, what do I need to do to be successful? Today, we explore second question. If I decide to challenge an incumbent, what do I need to do to be successful? People are upset and anxious and with these feelings comes […]

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