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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Scott Jordan

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

An analysis of state legislative races held in 2005 and 2006 highlights that, in most instances, the key to victory in a legislative election is to be in office already. In others, having a fund-raising advantage almost assures electoral victory. In nearly every state, having one or both of these advantages all but guarantees victory at the ballot box.