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    The story of the midterms is the triumph of the moderates – on both sides

The story of the midterms is the triumph of the moderates – on both sides

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Following this week’s midterm elections, in 2019 the Democratic Party will be in the majority in the US House of Representatives. Ryan Williamson and Jamie Carson have previously argued that more moderate Democratic candidates were more likely to win House seats. Analyzing the midterm results, they find that this year Democratic candidates who were more moderate were indeed able […]

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    Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall.

Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall.

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Partisan polarization has steadily increased in recent decades, culminating in record highs in recent years. In new research, Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson compare the ideology of winning and losing candidates in US House elections between 1992 and 2012. They find that winning candidates are much less ideologically extreme than those who lose elections. Though some districts prefer more […]

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    Michelle Nunn’s midterm result shows that Georgia’s demographics may be shifting to favor the Democrats.

Michelle Nunn’s midterm result shows that Georgia’s demographics may be shifting to favor the Democrats.

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In Georgia’s Senate race Republican David Purdue defeated Democrat Michelle Nunn by nearly eight points, despite polling that had shown a much closer contest. Jamie L. Carson, Joel Sievert, and Ryan D. Williamson reflect on Georgia’s midterm election results, writing that in gaining more than 40 percent of the vote, Nunn outperformed many previous Democratic candidates in the state. […]

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    In order to increase competition in U.S. House races, states should look to extra-legislative bodies to redraw congressional boundaries.

In order to increase competition in U.S. House races, states should look to extra-legislative bodies to redraw congressional boundaries.

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Politicians and pundits alike regularly bemoan the lack of electoral competition in congressional races as incumbent reelection rates frequently soar to over 90 percent. Redistricting and gerrymandering are often blamed as a way to lock members into their seats for at least a decade.  Jamie L. Carson, Michael H. Crespin and Ryan D. Williamson ask if there are ways […]

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