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What changed, if anything, in the American political culture in terms of participation in elections between 2008 and 2012?

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American political culture is a volatile creature subject to the influences of shifting identities, priorities, demographics, and at times something as overlooked as the weather. The shifts that occurred between 2008 and 2012 were marked, clear, and multitudinous. The 2008 election was charged with the excitement of potential historical landmarks: a woman as a vice presidential candidate, and a person of a color as a presidential candidate for the opposite major party. The excitement in the following ...

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Between 2008 and 2012, the political culture shifted in its focus on economy, its congressional make up, and the once popularized concept of "hope". This had an impact on voter turnout and overall political participation.

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