Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


President-Elect Barack Obama’s Rise to Power in the Democratic Party

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Ross E. Burkhart


My project will be a research paper that analyzes the events surrounding the 2008 Democratic Primary Election. The paper will focus on the rise of Barack Obama in the Democratic Party, from his status as a relatively unknown junior senator to the top of the Democrat ticket. It will discuss the shift in support from candidate Hillary Clinton to President-elect Obama by analyzing various aspects of the primary election cycle, including such items as campaign strategies, fundraising tactics, the public interest, and internal Democratic Party politics. It will also include a more general discussion of presidential primary politics and the primary and caucus systems to provide background and context for the 2008 race.