White Voters and African American Candidates for Congress

  title={White Voters and African American Candidates for Congress},
  author={B. Highton},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  • B. Highton
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Political Behavior
  • The vast majority of African American officeholders are elected from jurisdictions with sizable numbers of African Americans. The most common explanation for this phenomenon locates the cause among white voters who are reluctant to vote for black candidates, which thereby limits the electoral prospects of black candidates in white constituencies. This study analyzes exit poll data from the 1996 and 1998 House elections in order to test the notion that white voters are averse to black candidates… CONTINUE READING
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