HerrnsonHeadShot2014USEPaul Herrnson, professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut
The elections of 2016 are being held during a period of deep voter unrest and general dissatisfaction with the presidential candidates, the political parties, and politics in general. The larger political environment undoubtedly will influence the tone and outcomes of some congressional elections. However, congressional campaigns have their own dynamics and idiosyncrasies. This talk analyzed who runs for office, who wins, and the key factors that differentiate winners from losers. Other topics included the impact of super PACs and other outside spending groups, and the implications of congressional elections for representation, policymaking, and democracy more broadly.

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