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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

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

Matthew N. Green

Douglas B. Harris

Yale University Press

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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