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    Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues.

Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues.

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For over a century, state governors have had the power to appoint US Senators to vacant seats, a power which runs against the idea of Senators as being democratic representatives. But do governors appoint those with similar ideologies to themselves? In new research which reviewed senate candidates considered by governors to fill vacancies, Christopher Cooper, H. Gibbs Knotts, and […]

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    North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzling election in a purple state.

North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzling election in a purple state.

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At the beginning of North Carolina’s Senate race many commentators were quick to discount the incumbent Democrat Senator, Kay Hagan’s chance of victory. Christopher Cooper writes that while the policies coming out of the Tar Heel state have been moving to the right, it still remains a purple state. He argues that Hagan’s Republican challenger, Thom Tillis’, connections with […]

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