Candidates and Competition: Variability in Ideological Voting in U.S. Senate Elections
AbstractIn choosing candidates to support in congressional elections, voters consider both policy and nonpolicy factors. However, the relative importance of incumbency or presidential approval versus candidates' ideological platforms likely varies across elections. Specifically, stiffer electoral competition should encourage ideology-based voting because candidate information is more plentiful. In contrast, incumbents' ability to garner votes simply by virtue of already holding office should depress proximity voting in elections with incumbents. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.
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Volume (Year): 90 (2009)
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