How do I know if I can win?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Political and public affairs analyst Ron Faucheux gives advice for people who have never run for office before including how to know if you can win.

    Host: How do I know if I can win?

    Ron Faucheux: Making the realistic assessment as to whether or not you can win an election is a very important part of the decision to run. Running for office is very difficult. You have to ask friends and supporters for a lot of help, for a lot of efforts, for a lot of resources for running and to ask them to do all that without having an opportunity to run a real race, to make an important statement and they have an opportunity to win an election is something that is really very selfish. So you need to assess in a very objective way whether you could win. Obviously, you can look at former election and the data and election results to get some sense of it. The most common things that political candidates do is they take polls to determine what the political opportunities are; what the right messages are; what the public mood is; what are the pluses and minuses of the possible candidates for each office; whether or not you have the resources to wage your campaign; whether you have got the time, you can make the effort, whether it's the right office at the right time. So there are lot of factors that go into making a decision whether or not you are elecatable and even after you do that you never know for sure.