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Campaign Excellence Awards Categories honoring the best consultants and campaigns of the 2020 cycle:

Public Affairs Campaign of the Year - This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive public affairs (non-candidate) campaign, including a series of elements and multiple media.

Ballot Measure Campaign of the Year - This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive ballot measure campaign, including a series of elements and multiple media.

Fundraiser of the Year - This Award recognizes excellence in fundraising achievements in any campaign at any level.

Independent Expenditure Campaign of the Year - This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive independent expenditure campaign for any candidate or ballot initiative campaign(s), including a series of elements and multiple media. 

Most Valuable Player of the Year - This Award recognizes independent expenditures, campaign operatives and/or party committee staff working at any level of a campaign or cause, in any capacity, who has made a significant contribution to the outcome of the campaign or cause. 

Digital Campaign of the Year - This Award recognizes excellence in a comprehensive digital campaign for any candidate, public affairs or ballot initiative campaign(s), including a series of elements and multiple media. 

Pollster of the Year - Eligible recipients must have served as the lead pollster or researcher for any candidate campaign or cause, including PACs and trade associations.

Campaign Manager of the Year, Non-Statewide - Eligible recipients must have held overall responsibility for campaign operations for a non-statewide candidate campaign, such as mayoral, state legislative and U.S. congressional campaigns, including Special Elections and Recalls.

Campaign Manager of the Year, Statewide - Eligible recipients must have held overall responsibility for campaign operations for a statewide candidate campaign, such as Governor and U.S. Senate, including Special Elections and Recalls.

Campaign of the Year - This Award recognizes cross-discipline excellence (i.e. polling, media, fundraising, mail, GOTV, etc.) in a candidate campaign at any level (local, state, federal). Eligible recipients should demonstrate that the campaign defied the odds and/or overcame significant challenges to prevail at the ballot box.

 
Recipients of the Excellence Awards do not need to be AAPC members. Awards are made at the sole discretion of the AAPC. AAPC reserves the right to consider nominations in categories other than originally submitted.