The Changing Politics of Congressional Primary Challenges
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Getting Primaried, Further Reading, Title Page, Copyright
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This book began as a paper prepared for a conference entitled “Going to Extremes: The Fate of the Political Center in American Politics,” held at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center in June of 2008. It never would have become a book without the encouragement and enthusiasm of several people who listened to my presentations of the research, suggested ...
Introduction: An Epidemic of “Primarying”?
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During the 200four.oldstyle and 2006 elections, a new word entered the American political lexicon: the verb “to primary,” meaning to mount a primary campaign against an incumbent member of Congress. Conservative and liberal bloggers spent much time discussing incumbent members of Congress who, in their opinion, needed to be primaried. Calls for primarying ...
1 | Congressional Primary Challenges:A Brief History and a Theoretical Explanation
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Very few members of Congress get there by knocking of_f incumbents of their own party in primary elections. So high are the odds against beating an incumbent, in fact, that most ambitious politicians tend to wait their turn. A primary challenger will f_ind little help from the party’s established donors, who will tend to view an incumbent of their party as the most ...
2 | When and Why Congressional Primary Challenges Happen
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The data in this and the next two chapters are drawn from all congressional primary elections held from 1nine.oldstyle70 through 2010 in which an incumbent was running. I categorize all primary challengers who receive more than 25 percent of the vote in these elections (a threshold for which I provide justif_ication in the discussion of my methodology) as being serious ...
3 | The Financing of Congressional Primary Challenges
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As the previous chapter demonstrated, there is little evidence that the number of primary challenges to incumbents is greater today than it was in previous decades. A conclusion one might draw from the discussion so far is that all of the most prominent cases of incumbents “getting primaried” are cases in which interest groups have targeted incumbents for de...
4 | The Consequences of Congressional Primary Challenges
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As I have shown in the two previous chapters, there is little evidence to suggest that the amount of primary competition we see today is novel. Primary competition, whatever the motivation of the challenger, comes and goes in waves that correspond, to some degree, with voter unrest. There are, however, two unusual features of the primary competition for ...
5 | Interest Groups and Congressional Primaries
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Chapters 2 and 3 of this book showed that congressional primary challenges are still somewhat rare but that there has been a change in the fund raising base of many ideological challengers over the past few decades. There is more money coming in to ideological primary challengers in small amounts, and there is more money coming into their campaigns ...
6 | Conclusions
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It scarcely took a week for the dust to settle on the 2010 election results before talk of primary threats to incumbent members of Congress began again. A November 10 Politico article reported that Republican senators Scott Brown, Orrin Hatch, Olympia Snowe, John Ensign, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Richard Lugar all potentially faced primary competition ...
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Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 18 figures, 24 tables
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Legislative Politics and Policy Making