Why Are U.S. Presidential Elections So Long?

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From announcements to election day, presidential campaigns in the U.S. can last up to two years. So how did elections get this long?

Learn More:
New York Times: How Presidential Campaigns Became Two-Year Marathons
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/upshot/how-presidential-campaigns-became-two-year-marathons.html

NPR: Canada Reminds Us That American Elections Are Much Longer
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/21/450238156/canadas-11-week-campaign-reminds-us-that-american-elections-are-much-longer

CNN: Brief History Of Chicago’s 1968 Democratic Convention
http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/conventions/chicago/facts/chicago68/index.shtml

Atlantic: How Jimmy Carter Revolutionized the Iowa Caucuses
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/jimmy-carter-iowa-caucuses/426729/

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