End of the Summer and Continuing Research

The summer almost over, but my research is far from completed. I have had a great experience this summer and I plan to continue my research into the school year. So far, I have gotten access to volunteer records from the Democratic Party of Virginia, written a survey and gotten it approved by the PHSC, distributed the survey to former campaign volunteers, and started analyzing the results.

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Change Over Time

Over the past several days, I’ve continued to explore my data and to look for new and interesting things in the network. I am especially interested in how the campaign network changed over time and whether it grew. Network growth and maintenance is especially important for political campaigns because a politician needs an effective grassroots network not just once, but every time he or she runs for reelection. Maintaining network connections can save a lot of organizational effort.

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