[Chapter 16] - [Spring 2010] - [Jesse]

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CHAP 16 Notes  Most voters don’t know much about candidates like in presidential election Gets overshadowed by presidential elections  Electoral Evolution of Congress ∙      Wasn’t career choice. Something you did for a little while and then go on.  ∙      Back then, on average, Congressmen would serve two terms. ∙      By 1930s, average # of terms – five. ∙      Now, more professionalized (professional legislature), more of a career choice. ∙      Members of Congress more electorally aware now Reapportionment and Redistricting ∙      Reapportionment o   Easy for senators, two senators for each state o   435 seats in House apportioned based on population size o   Each state gets at least one member of House o   Reapportionment/allocation according to census (ten years) ∙      Redistricting o   State draws Congressional districts by state legislatures o   Gerrymandering- started by Gerry who drew an odd district line that looks like a salamander  bc he was strategic. o   Redistricting that gives party advantage in upcoming election o   Usually after census but not always o   In Texas, Republicans targeted against Democrat Lloyd Doglitt of Austin in redistricting. Split 
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  • Spring '07
  • Kieth
  • Congressional black caucus, Generic Congressional Ballot, Congressional Nomination Process, Democratic congressional candidates, low visibility. Incumbents

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