Congressional Elections

Congressional Elections - Congressional Elections Incumbent...

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Congressional Elections Incumbent Reelection Rate 1946-2008 [line graph in text] Incumbents Winning with 60% of Vote of Higher 1960-2006 [line graph in text?] Questions to Answer Why do incumbents almost always win? Why do representatives win at a higher rate than do senators? The context in which Congressional Elections Occur Senate elections occur in states varying in population size from500,000 people… House elections occur in districts of roughly equal population size of 646,000 Keep in mind that each state must have at least one representative and that the number of seats is capped at 435, so the mean number of people per district in each state… Why 100 Senators 50 X 2 = 100 Why 435 Representatives? The Constitution requires each state to have at least one representative. In addition Article 1, Section 1 states: “The number or pres shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand,” What if: 30,000 Constituents Per District If there were still 1 for every 30,000, the current seats…. Why 435 Members?
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