What is the difference between Districts and States

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Congressional Elections What is the difference between Districts and States o The difference between districts and states helps explain why house incumbents fare better than Senate incumbents (existing holder of a political office) o Senates are more likely to win re-election; have a more difficult task in retaining their seat o Races for the house usually involve smaller and more homogeneous groups of voters than Senate elections o As number of voter increases, so does their economic, ideological, and social diversity; the increased diversity makes it harder for senate candidates to maintain a winning coalition of voters Implications of Diversity o Californias two senators face a daunting task, developing a home style that fits not just these 4 districts, but the other 49 districts as well o Larger the state and the more diverse the populations Incumbent Advantages o Another explanation for the high reelection rates is that being in office gives incumbents many opportunities to make themselves better known to and better liked by their constituents o The way members of congress present themselves to the voters in their district or state is known as their home style o To increase their prospects for reelection members want to become (1) known by voters and (2) liked by voters
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course POL SCI 1100 taught by Professor Overby during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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