Comparing predictors of women's congressional election success: Candidates, primaries, and the general election

Heather L. Ondercin, Susan Welch

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Abstract

Examining all Congressional races from 1992 through 2000, we explore why, over time, some districts are more likely to have women candidates and to elect women than are others. We focus on the obvious, but rarely explored, fact that women's election success is a product of three key stages of the election process: women running, women's successes in the primaries, and finally, women's general election successes. We find that different factors predict success at each stage and that the predictors of women's candidacies and success in open seat races are different than in others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-613
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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