Why Political Candidates Should Use Humor When Going Negative

As a candidate, if you find yourself in a tight race you’re probably going to need to attack. And there’s a way to do it without coming off as nasty or sleazy.  That’s by using humor. Before we get to deep into this, you might be wondering if you must go negative and on the […]

Free Online Training for Writing Political Campaign Press Releases

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I have some really good news to share with you today. The long-awaited free training course, Writing Winning Press Releases: The Secrets of Powerful Press Releases for Candidates & Campaigns is now available. You can register to take the course at this link. Writing Winning Press Releases is a short, detailed course that covers everything […]

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5 Mistakes Political Candidates Make with Press Releases

Even in the age of digital media, press releases remain a great way for political candidates to get news out about themselves and their policy positions. But you need to be smart about it and avoid these five common mistakes. 1. The Press Release Doesn’t Help You Win Every single thing you do on your […]

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Why Winning Candidates Need to Always Fit The District

CASE STUDY: What Conor Lamb's Win in Pennsylvania Reminds All Candidates

Last week in Pennsylvania special election, Democrat Conor Lamb defeated Republican Rick Saccone in a congressional seat Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016. What can candidates learn from this? Though Lamb only won by 627 votes, this victory is quite significant. Not only did Trump pummel Hillary Clinton here, but Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional […]

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Why Winning Candidates Don’t Actively Campaign on Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re thinking of actively campaigning on Super Bowl Sunday I only have one thing to say to you:  Don’t! Super Bowl Sunday is a de facto holiday observed by millions of Americans. It is a day for high caloric food, cold beer, sometimes entertaining commercials, a dazzling musical halftime number, and yes even a […]

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3 Ways Candidates Blow it When Communicating with Voters

And what you can do to not be one of them

The essence of a successful political campaign is communicating with the voters in a way that connects with them. But candidates often undermine their messaging and blow it with voters in one of the three following ways. 1. The Voters Don’t Care About What the Candidate is Talking About Whatever you’re talking about in your […]

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How Personal Introduction Letters Help Candidates Win Elections

As a candidate for office, you need to introduce yourself to the highly likely voters in your area fast. The best way to do this is with personal introduction letters. Direct mail is the most effective way to communicate with the voters in a local contest. You can target your mail specifically at the voters […]

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The Top Political Campaign Advice of 2017

With 2017 winding down, I decided to take a look and see what articles were being read the most here at The Campaign School.  As five of the most read articles contain important campaign fundamentals, they are definitely worth sharing with you. How to Write a Winning Campaign Press Release Press releases are one of […]

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The Importance of Repetition and Consistency for Political Campaigns

Despite the multitude of ways you reach voters, it is now harder than ever for a candidate to make a connection with a voter. That’s why it’s vitally important for a political candidate who is serious about winning to utilize both repetition and consistency in their campaign materials. Let’s start with the problem of connecting […]

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3 Personality Traits Voters Want in Political Candidates

If you’re a candidate for office these days you’ve got a thankless job. A huge majority of Americans simply do not trust people in public office or seeking it. But rather than allowing that to stop you from running, you can use it to your advantage. A big reason many people don’t trust government is […]

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