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The Tea Party’s presence in primaries benefits the general election result in the Republican Party’s favor

Jewitt, Caitlin E. and Treul, Sarah A. (2014) The Tea Party’s presence in primaries benefits the general election result in the Republican Party’s favor. LSE American Politics and Policy (03 Sep 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

With the rise in prominence and influence of conservative politicians such as Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in recent years, the role of the Tea Party in U.S. politics has become more and more important. In new research, Caitlin E. Jewitt and Sarah A. Treul examine how the presence of a Tea Party candidate – a divisive election – affects general election results compared to elections that are simply competitive. They find that competitive primaries increase turnout rates, but do little for a party’s election result. They also find that while the presence of a Tea Party candidate in the general election means that the Republican Party performs 1.7 percent better than expected, when there had been a competitive primary, there is no additional effect.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2014 13:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59858

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