NEW TO THIS EDITION: • Provides an overview of Donald Trump’s campaign to help students understand the context and factors that led to him winning the election. • Thorough analysis of the role that media and money played in the elections provides a framework for understanding election results. •Provides insights into Congressional elections, their outcomes, and impact. KEY FEATURES: • On an incredibly fast production cycle, this volume publishes just 5 months after the election, bringing needed insight and analysis of the 2016 elections. • Tables, figures, and maps effectively display data and data analysis.

Congress: Nationalized, Polarized, and Partisan

Congress: Nationalized, Polarized, and Partisan

7 Congress: Nationalized, polarized, and partisan
Gary C. Jacobson

Over the past several decades, American voters’ political attitudes, social values, demography, residency choices, and even beliefs about reality have grown increasingly divided along party lines.1 Deepening partisan divisions have inspired high levels of party-line voting and low levels of ticket splitting, resulting in thoroughly nationalized, president- and party-centered congressional elections.2 The question going into the 2016 elections was whether this configuration would persist. The answer was an emphatic yes: All of the major trends were sustained and in some respects strengthened. In the end, the vast majority of partisans remained loyal to their candidates in both the presidential and congressional elections. Despite the deep divisions within the Democratic and Republican Parties ...

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