“For years, congressional primaries have been overlooked by election studies; ignored by journalists and scholars alike. However, it has become increasingly clear in recent years that the key to understanding factions in America’s political parties is to understand congressional primaries, and members of Congress’s attitudes toward these races.” – Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution

“While the links between primaries and polarization cannot be established using big data, the interviews with members of Congress presented in this paper illustrate that their attention to advocacy groups, which play in the primary arena, is a major source of today’s polarization.”  – James Wallner, Governance Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute

Press release – Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior

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