The Impact of Incumbent Scandals on Senate Elections, 1974-2008
Nicholas Chad Long
St. Edward's University
March 16, 2011
Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper
Conventional wisdom is that one of the few things that can counter the incumbency advantage in congressional elections is when an incumbent is embroiled in a scandal. However, there is little research that directly examines the impact of incumbent scandals on the electoral process. This paper intends to provide a basic foundation upon which future research can proceed. I categorize the types of scandals; their effect on campaign expenditures; the quality of challengers they attract; and their effect on the percentage of the vote received by incumbents.
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Date posted: February 22, 2011 ; Last revised: March 17, 2011