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Does the Party Matter? Endorsements in Congressional Primaries

Does the Party Matter? Endorsements in Congressional Primaries Research suggests that endorsements should affect outcomes in low-information elections such as primaries, but that hypothesis has not yet been tested empirically. Based on a survey of 2002 congressional campaigns, this article describes the universe of individuals and groups that offer endorsements to primary candidates and analyzes their effects on primary election results. It finds that a primary candidate’s share of the partisan endorsements issued in the race significantly affects the candidate’s vote share, even controlling for campaign funds and candidate quality. Implications for theories of candidate emergence and success are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Research Quarterly SAGE

Does the Party Matter? Endorsements in Congressional Primaries

Political Research Quarterly , Volume 64 (3): 11 – Sep 1, 2011

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2011 University of Utah
ISSN
1065-9129
eISSN
1938-274X
DOI
10.1177/1065912910376389
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Abstract

Research suggests that endorsements should affect outcomes in low-information elections such as primaries, but that hypothesis has not yet been tested empirically. Based on a survey of 2002 congressional campaigns, this article describes the universe of individuals and groups that offer endorsements to primary candidates and analyzes their effects on primary election results. It finds that a primary candidate’s share of the partisan endorsements issued in the race significantly affects the candidate’s vote share, even controlling for campaign funds and candidate quality. Implications for theories of candidate emergence and success are discussed.

Journal

Political Research QuarterlySAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2011

Keywords: primary election; political party; congressional election; endorsement; party network; candidate emergence

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