The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout, and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections

  title={The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout, and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections},
  author={Brad T. Gomez and Thomas G. Hansford and George A. Krause},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={649 - 663}
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