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Choosing the LeaderLeadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives$
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Matthew N Green and Douglas Harris

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222579

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222579.001.0001

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Open Competition Races II: House Republicans

Open Competition Races II: House Republicans

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(p.78) Four Open Competition Races II: House Republicans
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Choosing the Leader
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Matthew N. Green

Douglas B. Harris

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300222579.003.0004

This chapter continues the discussion on the open competition race, the most common type of leadership race in the House of Representatives, focusing on the GOP. It begins with a detailed discussion of perhaps the most consequential GOP leadership election in the past three decades: the 1989 race for whip, in which Newt Gingrich (R-GA) narrowly bested Ed Madigan (R-IL) and positioned himself to become the first Republican Speaker of the House in forty years. It then considers three additional cases of open competition for GOP posts: the minority leader and whip races in 1980 and the majority whip contest in 1994. As in the previous chapter, the findings are consistent with the mixed-motive model of vote choice.

Keywords:   open competition race, House of Representatives, GOP, Republic Party, congressional leadership, Newt Gingrich, Ed Madigan, mixed-motive model, vote choice

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