The Resource Hometown influence : the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success, by Cassie A. Myers

Hometown influence : the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success, by Cassie A. Myers

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Hometown influence : the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success
Title
Hometown influence
Title remainder
the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success
Statement of responsibility
by Cassie A. Myers
Title variation
Impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success
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Language
eng
Summary
The purpose of this study is to explore whether statewide geography influences a candidate's electoral position. More specifically, what role does geography play in candidate emergence and success on the statewide level? Conventional wisdom holds that geography does matter in candidate emergence and success. Beyond the anecdotal, however, there has been little research in this area. I theorize that general attitudes about rural identity and, conversely, urbanity affect electoral outcomes based upon the population composition of the state. To explore these questions, I created a typology characterizing states as rural or urban, based upon an index capturing rural cultural and physical attributes of each state, and as concentrated or dispersed, a measure of the proximity of urban areas within a state. I coded the hometowns of candidates from 1948-2008, including a classification as to whether their home county was rural or urban on a relative scale. Using this data, I implemented a negative binomial regression to consider the likelihood of candidate emergence. In this model, I found that rurality is not a negative predictor of candidate emergence in most state types, with urban states being the exception. I then implemented a logit model to estimate the likelihood of winning with the traditional predictors of candidate success and within my theoretical framework. Relative to senate races, if candidates can get into the race, the negative effects of hometown lose significance. In gubernatorial races, coming from a rural area actually increases the likelihood of getting elected in rural, concentrated, and dispersed classified states. In sum, political geography matters and has implications on both candidate emergence and success. These findings and the use of this typology add an important component for future research. Simply put, geography should not be ignored in politics
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Myers, Cassie A
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2015
Granting institution
University of Missouri--St. Louis
Illustrations
illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • United States
  • Political candidates
  • Governors
  • Legislators
  • Political geography
  • Political campaigns
  • United States
  • Elections
  • Governors
  • Legislators
  • Political campaigns
  • Political candidates
  • Political geography
  • United States
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Hometown influence : the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success, by Cassie A. Myers
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Title from title page of PDF (University of Missouri--St. Louis, viewed September 24, 2015)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-112)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
921990702
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 143 pages)
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online
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)921990702
Label
Hometown influence : the impact of geography on statewide candidate emergence and success, by Cassie A. Myers
Publication
Copyright
Note
Title from title page of PDF (University of Missouri--St. Louis, viewed September 24, 2015)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-112)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
921990702
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 143 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)921990702

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