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Explaining Individual Participation in Presidential Primaries

Barbara Norrander
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 44, No. 3 (Sep., 1991), pp. 640-655
DOI: 10.2307/448673
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448673
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Five types of variables are tested for their ability to explain turnout in presidential primaries: (1) state-level campaign and legal factors; (2) individual exposure to the campaign; (3) core versus peripheral voters; (4) presidential evaluations; and (5) rational choice theory of candidate evaluations. The core voter and campaign exposure variables had the most consistent influences on turnout. Political variables, however, provided additional explanations, especially for Republicans.

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