Edmund Muskie's 1958 Senate Campaign Essay

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Elections are a fundamental part to American politics. There are a lot of factors that play into how elections carry themselves, but what is more important is the work that goes into preparing for them. The elections are like the Baseball World Series and the campaigning is all the training that you have done before hand. Elections are the important part of the game, but without all the campaigning that is done there can be no elections. Candidates are wise and know that campaigning is a true make or break when it comes time to vote. The campaigning process is a time to try and get to know the voters and create a certain kind of connection that would result with more followers. Congressional campaigns, unlike Presidential campaigns, are directed to the districts where they can have more personal relationship with their constituents, which would help them win more votes.
In the 1958 in Senate campaign in Maine, Edmund Muskie used many different components to appeal to his voters. The campaign devoted some of its resources to the audience in a way that made them more aware of Edmund Muskie as a candidate. The Muskie campaign used advertisements that used simple language to help voters choose and understand what they were reading. An examination of television commercial time, political mailings, and newspaper advertisements in the months leading to the election reveals the way that the Muskie campaign enamored the people.
Edmund Muskie was born March 28, 1914, to Stephen and Josephine Muskie in Rumford, Maine; Muskie was the second of six children. Edwin Muskie excelled in high school and received a scholarship to a nearby institution, Bates College. He graduated with a bachelor in arts in 1936 and went on to purse a law career at Cornell University Law School. He graduated from Cornell in 1939 and began to practice right away. In 1940 his legal career was interrupted by naval service during World War II.
Upon his return to civilian life, Edmund Muskie decided to run for the 1946 Maine House of Representatives as a Democrat. His abrupt decision shocked everyone, especially because Maine was politically known as a Republican state. For an entire century the Republican Party ruled the Maine politics until the surprising win of Muskie in his 1946 legislative run. He sought and won re-election in 1948 and 1950.
In 1954, Edmund Muskie was elected as Governor of Maine. He became the first Democratic governor in 20 years. This was quite an accomplishment considering Maine was such a Republican friendly state. Muskie’s popularity allowed him to serve two terms before being chosen to serve as one of Maine’s Senators in 1958.
Muskie’s personal popularity allowed him to reestablish the Democratic Party in Maine politics. He used his art of talking and persuasion to let the voters see what his points of views on certain issues were. This talent allowed him to be one of the most charming but yet tenacious candidates for the 1958 Senate campaign.
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