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The Salience of the Democratic Congress and the 2010 Elections

  • David R. Jones (a1) and Monika L. McDermott (a2)

The results of the 2010 congressional elections were indeed historic. The loss of 63 seats by the Democrats was the biggest electoral loss by any party since 1948, making the more recent 1994 and 2006 turnovers pale by comparison. The question that political scientists naturally ask after an event of this magnitude is—why? This article addresses this question by analyzing the role played by the public's attitudes toward Congress.

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David R. Jones 2010. “Partisan Polarization and Congressional Accountability in House Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 54 (2): 323–37.

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
  • URL: /core/journals/ps-political-science-and-politics
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