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Incumbent and Party Vulnerabilities in the House of Representatives

  • Jing Lin and Jeff M. Stonecash
From the journal The Forum


The conventional portrait of House elections is that they are overwhelmingly constituted of incumbents who are increasingly safe. Yet the evidence does not support that picture. Widespread incumbency and electoral volatility can much more easily coexist than the conventional wisdom has suggested. Many Members are indeed vulnerable, which makes party control vulnerable as well.

Published Online: 2012-10-31

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