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Promoting the Candidates

The Constitution made the presidency and the positions of senator and representative elective offices. By the early 19th century, rivalries among political factions in the new government led to the creation of a competitive party system. The promotion of candidates among an expanding electorate placed increasing importance on the success of popular political campaigns.

Political novelties from the museum's presidential campaign collections

Visit the museum's Political Novelties Object Group to explore centuries of objects connected to U.S. presidential campaigns.