Was the Tea Party Responsible for the Republican Victory in the 2010 House Elections?

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Jon R. Bond

Texas A&M University

Richard Fleisher

Fordham University

Nathan Ilderton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: August 19, 2011

Abstract

We test the hypothesis that the Tea Party won the House for Republicans. We find no support for the hypothesis. Instead, we find that variables long cited in the congressional elections literature - in particular, the incumbent’s previous electoral performance, the normal party vote in the district, candidate spending, and challenger experience - best explain the results of the 2010 elections.

Keywords: Congressional elections, Tea Party, 2010 midterm elections

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Bond, Jon R. and Fleisher, Richard and Ilderton, Nathan, Was the Tea Party Responsible for the Republican Victory in the 2010 House Elections? (August 19, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1912707 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1912707

Jon R. Bond (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University ( email )

Department of Political Science
TAMU 4348
College Station, TX 77843-4348
United States

Richard Fleisher

Fordham University ( email )

441 East Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10458
United States

Nathan Ilderton

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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