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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Incumbency Advantage: Why Do We Keep Electing the Same Members Back to Congress?

HW due Tuesday: Read 260-273 and take the reading quiz.

Campaigns & Elections Unit: Day One--Incumbency Advantage

The approval rating for Congress is currently at 13%. Despite this low number, most members of Congress (typically over 90%) will be re-elected next year. How is this possible?

Key Term: Incumbent=the current office holder seeking reelection.

Additional Readings:

Boundless: The Power of Incumbency

The Advantages of Incumbency in Congressional Elections

Why Incumbents Rarely Lose

People Hate Congress. But Most Incumbents Get Re-elected. What Gives?

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