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  • Public Obligation: Beneficial Or Harmful?

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    Arnold believes members of congress do care about reelection but are not single-minded seekers of reelection. He notes, “… members of congress care intensively about reelection. Although they are not single-minded seekers of reelection, reelection is their dominant goal. This means simply that legislators will do nothing to advance their other goals if such activities threaten their principal goal. If reelection is not at risk, they are free to pursue other goals, including enacting their own visions

  • One Of The Most Prominent Issues Facing The Current United

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    In 2014 a majority of Congress, about 96% (Davidson et al. 2016), were incumbents who had won reelection. According to, in the 2016 election 97% of House incumbents won reelection, and 87% of Senate incumbents achieved reelection. These numbers show how heavily the odds are in favor of incumbents in gaining reelection. Historically the reelection rate of both the House and Senate is high, indicating that many of these politicians serve multiple consecutive terms

  • Fenno's Congress and the Grassroots

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    Fenno’s Congress and the Grassroots Jack Flynt’s reelection and primary constituencies between his transitional and new districts are both similar and different in certain aspects. The transitional district was around from 1966 to 1970. Flynt’s transitional district represented about sixteen counties which added up to a population of about 323,000. The traditional district was not too different from his original district. “The district’s dominant economic interest was textiles, farming, and some

  • The Inner Workings of Congress

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    the House than other congressmen. Second, helping their constituents and thereby insuring their reelection, and lastly helping make good policy. The purpose of this paper is to research a member of Congress and to make a direct connection between his activity in Washington and his home district. The paper will answer whether the congressmen is a delegate or trustee. Are the actions a pursuit for reelection? Are the committee assignments a path for movement within the House or outside? What legislation

  • Representative Darren Soto's Argumentative Analysis

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    The congressional behaviors of Representative Maxine Waters, a Democratic representative for the 43rd district of California, and that of Democratic Representative Darren Soto are both inspired by the goal of reelection. This common goal of reelection coined by David Mayhew is achieved differently by each representative depending on the demographics, political leaning, and incumbency of the district. When comparing the legislative behavior of Darren Soto, the representative of Florida’s newly drawn

  • The Relationship With The Legislative Branch

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    representatives are performing. Mayhew argues that members of Congress are single-minded seekers of reelection involved in credit claiming, position taking, and advertisement. In support of Mayhew’s view Carson and Jenkins add four conditions of the electoral connection— ambition, autonomy, responsiveness, and accountability. Lastly Arnold believes members of Congress are not only single-minded seekers of reelection, but they worry about citizens’ preferences, voter backlash, theory components and the opinion

  • How To Lessen Corruption In Congress

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    To lessen the corruption in our Congress many Americans as will myself believe the answer to problem is congressional term limits. Career Politicians the members of the government that make a career out of being a politician. Do not get me wrong there are some great leaders in our congress but the bad out number the great. The politicians that serve for themselves to gain wealth and power are leading our country down the wrong path. These positions are given to those with the most power and those

  • President Lyndon B. Johnson

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    to run for reelection. For President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was circumstance that led to his decision to refrain from being president for another four years. By 1968, America’s effort to secure a genuine victory in Vietnam was severely hindered by the Tet Offensive. This critical turning point had a tremendous impact on the public’s support for the war and the way the media reported the war to the American people. As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to run for reelection, seeing that

  • Obama Vs. Clinton And Burr Vs Ross Essay

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    was leading Ross with 46.7% to 43% according to Real Clear Politics. By early November, he was only ahead by an average of 1.5%. While North Carolina is widely considered a battleground state, Five Thirty Eight gave Burr a 73.4% chance of winning reelection. With the exception of a drop in the middle of October, Burrs chances of winning were consistent throughout the Senate race as shown below in figure 2. Although Burr was never able to reach 50% in the polls, he exceeded that threshold on Election

  • Winning in 2012: A Strategy for President Obama Essay

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    upcoming 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be an extremely close and competitive race. While President Obama holds all the advantages that an incumbent would possess, the fact that the country is facing uncertain times is not helpful for his reelection aspirations. A stubborn unemployment rate at 8.3%, high gas prices, skyrocketing debt, a struggling housing market, and a seemingly unending war in Afghanistan are all nuisances the president wishes would disappear before November 6, 2012. While