The Roads to Congress 2010

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  • Copyright: 2011-10-24
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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The 2010 Midterm Elections were momentous in the history of U.S. campaigns. Readers of this book will follow the path of seven House and six Senate races from inception to election postmortem. The chapters are both narrative and provide analysis of an array of interesting and diverse contests from throughout the country. Each entry was written by one or more experts living in the state or region of the race. The authors provide succinct and highly readable chapters meant to illustrate the distinctive nature of the campaigns they are examining. Readers will see individual campaigns and elections "up close" and be able to compare and contrast one from another because of the common format employed throughout the book. Taken together, the chapters reveal that the roads to Congress, while similar in so many ways, each follow a unique route to Capitol Hill.

Author Biography

Sean D. Foreman is assistant professor of political science at Barry University. Robert Dewhirst is professor of political science at Northwest Missouri State University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Chartsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
2010 Congressional Elections
A Third "Wave" Election in a Row:The House Turns Republican while the Senate Stays Democraticp. 3
U.S. House Of Representatives Elections
Florida District 8 Race (Webster v. Grayson):No Magic Kingdom for the Incumbentp. 11
Illinois District 14 Race (Hultgren v. Foster):A National Referendum against the President and Incumbentsp. 25
Illinois District 11 Race (Kinzinger v. Halvorson):A Freshman Incumbent Does Not Survive the Tsunamip. 43
Mississippi District 4 Race (Palazzo v. Taylor):A Conservative Democrat Loses to a More Conservative Republicanp. 55
New York District 20 Race (Gibson v. Murphy):The Red Tide Returns to the Upper Hudson Valleyp. 67
Ohio District 6 Race (Johnson v. Wilson):Ripe for Independent Spendersp. 85
Virginia District 5 Race (Hurt v. Perriello):A Congressman Falls to a Republican Tsunamip. 107
U.S. Senate Elections
Alaska Senate Race (McAdams Miller v. Murkowski): Alaska's Three-Way Senate Race and Lisa Murkowski's Write-in Victoryp. 129
California Senate Race (Fiorina v. Boxer):The Great Democratic Exception in a Republican Yearp. 151
Colorado Senate Race (Buck v. Bennet):Incumbency Success in an Anti-Incumbency Yearp. 169
Connecticut Senate Race (McMahon v. Blumenthal): Blumenthal Beats McMahon in a Race that Set State Records for Spendingp. 187
Florida Senate Race (Crist v. Meek v. Rubio):The Rise of Rubio and Fall of Cristp. 207
Missouri Senate Race (Blunt v. Carnahan):Still a National Bellwether Statep. 227
The Legacy of the 2010 Congressional Electionsp. 251
Indexp. 257
About the Contributorsp. 265
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