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date: 16 January 2022

p. 1186. Subnational nominations and electionslocked

p. 1186. Subnational nominations and electionslocked

  • L. Sandy Maisel

Abstract

‘Subnational nominations and elections’ examines how candidates are selected to run for office below the level of the presidency, and how they run in general election campaigns. The importance of single-member districts, the ways in which electoral districts are drawn and the financing of elections, and the ways that campaigns are contested are each explored, though it is concluded that the overwhelmingly important factors in these elections are whether the president and party in power are popular and whether the electorate is satisfied with their performance. If they are, the status quo will be maintained. Incumbents of an unpopular party are, however, difficult to unseat.

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