Patri­ot games: How New Eng­land’s dis­as­trous NFL sea­son is chang­ing the 2024 elec­tion

The inter­sec­tion of sports and pol­i­tics typ­i­cal­ly involves social or cul­tur­al mat­ters, but the dis­as­trous New Eng­land Patri­ots foot­ball sea­son is the lat­est event poised to have sig­nif­i­cant effects on the 2024 elec­tion.
The New Eng­land Patri­ots, which most­ly dom­i­nat­ed the NFL in the 2010s, were typ­i­cal­ly so good that can­di­dates and cam­paigns knew that air­ing adver­tise­ments or appear­ing at games was a bet­ter option to attract vot­ers than speak­ing to New Hamp­shire res­i­dents dur­ing games. Now, with a 3–10 record, the Patri­ots’ los­ing streak may alter cam­paign sched­ules for 2024 and give vot­ers some­thing else to look for­ward to on foot­ball week­ends.
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“It’s still a decid­ing fac­tor even though it’s a bad sea­son,” Fred Doucette, senior advis­er to Vivek Ramaswamy’s cam­paign in New Hamp­shire, told Politi­co. “We still try to sched­ule around it. … But it has a less­er effect than it would have had two years ago.”
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