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Book review: the VP advantage: how running mates influence home state voting in presidential elections by Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko

Berry, Richard (2016) Book review: the VP advantage: how running mates influence home state voting in presidential elections by Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko. LSE Review of Books (06 Apr 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

When it comes to US elections, a perception exists that a vice presidential (VP) running mate can help to deliver their home state’s electoral votes. But is this presumption of a VP ‘home state advantage’ correct and does it have the power to influence the eventual result? In The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections, Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko undertake a quantative analysis to suggest that such an advantage is, in fact, relatively rare. While those interested in the impact of VP candidates on presidential elections will welcome this book, Richard Berry is left wondering as to where the potential value of vice presidential running mates actually lies.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 10:30
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 15:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66399

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