LET’S LOOK AT THE DATA …
All politics is local … or is it?
Market Research Foundation has studied this issue in the past – and determined that local issues matter a great deal in statewide and national races.
But what about candidate visits? Do these “meet-and-greets” – which offer candidates a chance to weigh in on local issues – really provide an advantage?
New data from Ohio State political scientist Thomas Wood suggests they do not. According to Wood – who examined data from the 2012 election cycle – the era of the “meet-and-greet” is over.
“Campaign events probably don’t influence voters,” Wood told The (U.K.) Guardian.