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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey


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Volume 16, Issue 4

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Evaluating Candidate Positioning and Success in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Ryan D. Williamson
Published Online: 2019-02-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2018-0043

Abstract

The 2018 House midterm elections saw Democrats regain a majority in the chamber for the first time in almost a decade. Contributing to this partisan change was the difficult situation Republican House incumbents were subject to. This article will examine the different factors contributing to the Republicans’ loss including the role of ideology in candidate success in both the primary and general election stage, the effects of retirements and open seats, and the value of presidential endorsements and legislative position taking.

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About the article

Ryan D. Williamson

Ryan D. Williamson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a member of the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program. His interests include Congress and Legislative Procedure, Congressional Elections, Institutional Development, the US Presidency, and Research Design and Methods.


Published Online: 2019-02-27

Published in Print: 2018-12-19


Citation Information: The Forum, Volume 16, Issue 4, Pages 653–664, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2018-0043.

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