The coattails effect

The coattails effect - local issues are important in...

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The coattails effect A party's nominee for president is at the top of a ballot that includes candidates for the  House and Senate, governor, the state legislature, and local offices. The ability of the  presidential nominee to help get these other officials elected is known as the  coattails  effect.  Ronald Reagan had long coattails in 1980, when enough Republicans were  elected to give the party control of the Senate for the first time in a quarter-century.  Congressional elections Under the Constitution, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and a third of  the senators are up for election every two years. In off-year, or  midterm,  elections, voter  participation is lower than when there is a presidential contest. Although the state and 
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Unformatted text preview: local issues are important in themselves, the results may have additional national significance. Historically, midterm elections are a referendum on the performance of the administration, and the party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in Congress. Dissatisfaction with President Clinton was so great in 1994 that Republicans won control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in 40 years. But in 1998, President Clinton was the first sitting president since the 1930s whose party gained congressional seats in a midterm election. On the other hand, President Bush's unpopularity gave Democrats a majority in Congress in 2006....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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