Upping the Campaign Ante as Parties Compete to Control the State Legislature

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Campaign financing in state legislative elections is a topic generating a great deal of interest. Difficulties in gathering and reporting data make it hard to provide comparative studies (either across time or across states) of this phenomenon. Recently a few cross-state studies have emerged, but almost no longitudinal studies exist. The authors analyze data from one state through seven election cycles (1978-1990). In so doing, they note the differential trends in campaign expenditures by chamber and show that much of that difference is due to increased party competition for control of the two chambers.

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