U.S. Election Trends

An election trend is a pattern that seems to occur from election period to election period. One such trend is the midterm penalty trend. This trend refers to the history of the White House party usually losing seats in the House and Senate during the midterm elections. This trend can lead to a divided government, which refers to Congress having a different party majority than that of the White House. Another election trend is that incumbents, current office holders, usually win reelection. This is due to name recognition as well as support from Political Action Committees, or PACs. PACs lobby and collect funds for a particular party or campaign and will support an incumbent during reelection in order to influence the incumbent to siding with the PAC on political issues. With the aid of these funds, incumbents usually have an advantage during the election season. These are just some examples of election trends in American politics.


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Last updated: 03/21/2018


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