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Party Ideology, Organization, and Competitiveness as Mobilizing Forces in Gubernatorial Elections

Kim Quaile Hill and Jan E. Leighley
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Nov., 1993), pp. 1158-1178
DOI: 10.2307/2111548
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111548
Page Count: 21
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Party Ideology, Organization, and Competitiveness as Mobilizing Forces in Gubernatorial Elections
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Abstract

Using aggregate data on statewide turnout, we examine the relative importance of party ideology, organization, and competitiveness as mobilizing forces in U.S. gubernatorial elections. We find that party competitiveness and ideology are significantly related to turnout, while party organization is not. We also show that the effect of each party attribute is essentially the same in presidential and off-year elections; that party ideology and competitiveness remain significant when controlling for candidate spending; and that the impact of ideology and competition differs depending on the restrictiveness of a state's voter registration requirements. Party competition is the only significant mobilizing force in states with more restrictive voter registration laws, while party ideology and candidate campaign spending are mobilizing forces in states with less restrictive registration laws.

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