Jay Goodliffe (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Associated Professor of Political Science, 752 SWKT, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-5545.
Campaign War Chests and Challenger Quality in Senate Elections
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2007 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 135–156, February 2007
How to Cite
GOODLIFFE, J. (2007), Campaign War Chests and Challenger Quality in Senate Elections. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 32: 135–156. doi: 10.3162/036298007X202010
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
This article presents the first comprehensive analysis of the role of war chests in U.S. Senate elections. Using data on races from 1980 to 2000, I demonstrate the effect of an incumbent senator's war chest on a campaign. War chests do not deter strong general-election challengers and have an insubstantial or insignificant effect on primary elections, challenger spending, and other electoral variables. Also, war chests are not raised in anticipation of a tough electoral battle but are instead the result of money left over from the previous campaign.