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In the West Wing (Manchester Part II) we see Jed say about his running for the Presidency:

BARTLET: I got in it polling in the single digits. Hoynes had it locked up. I got in it to give some speeches and keep him honest...

In the West Wing (Red Mass) we see Stackhouse (running as a third party candidate for the President) say:

STACKHOUSE: I got in it to raise issues.

What we see is in the 2016 Democratic primary race is a secondary Candidate, Bernie Sanders, have an influence on the rhetoric of the leader, Hillary Clinton.

My question is: What is the evidence that a secondary party primaries candidate can influence the rhetoric of the leader?

  • By a secondary party primaries candidate you mean a candidate who is second in delegate count and/or opinion polls? – gerrit Mar 23 '16 at 14:10
  • Correct - the #2 candidate – hawkeye Mar 23 '16 at 19:47

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