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The Party’s Primary Preferences: Race, Gender, and Party Support of Congressional Primary Candidates

Hassell, Hans J.G.; Visalvanich, Neil

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Hans J.G. Hassell



Abstract

Party support has a strong influence on candidate success in the primary. What remains unexplored is whether party actions during the primary are biased along racial and gender lines. Using candidate demographic data at the congressional level and measures of party support for primary candidates, we test whether parties discriminate against women and minority candidates in congressional primaries and also whether parties are strategic in their support of minority candidates in certain primaries. Our findings show parties are not biased against minority candidates and also that white women candidates receive more support from the Democratic Party than do other types of candidates. Our findings also suggest that parties do not appear to strategically support minority candidates in districts with larger populations of minorities. Lastly, we also find no significant differences in the effects of party support on the likelihood of success in the primary by candidate race or gender.

Citation

Hassell, H. J., & Visalvanich, N. (2019). The Party’s Primary Preferences: Race, Gender, and Party Support of Congressional Primary Candidates. American Journal of Political Science, 63(4), 905-919. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12461

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 16, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 4, 2019
Publication Date Oct 31, 2019
Deposit Date May 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 4, 2021
Journal American Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 0092-5853
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Issue 4
Pages 905-919
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12461

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Hassell, Hans J. G. & Visalvanich, Neil (2019). The Party’s Primary Preferences: Race, Gender, and Party Support of Congressional Primary Candidates. American Journal of Political Science 63(4): 905-919 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12461. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.





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