Against long odds : citizens who challenge congressional incumbents / James L. Merriner and Thomas P. Senter ; foreword by Richard D. Lamm.

Merriner, James L., 1947- [Browse]
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©1999.
xxvi, 185 pages ; 24 cm


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"While many books detail how senators and representatives operate in Washington, this one describes how they stay in power. The congressional elections of 1998 were the most expensive in history. Incumbency reelection rates were 98.3 percent in the House and 89.7 percent in the Senate - a typical outcome even though Watergate-era campaign "reforms" were supposed to reduce the influence of money in politics. From the unique vantage of credible citizen-candidates who ran against congressional incumbents from Massachusetts to Hawaii during the 1990s, Against Long Odds tackles the question of why incumbents nearly always win."--Jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-177) and index.
  • Foreword / The Honorable Richard D. Lamm
  • Massachusetts: Mitt Romney (R) v. Senator Ted Kennedy (D)
  • New York: Joseph J. DioGuardi (R) v. Representative Sue Kelly (R)
  • Pennsylvania: Charles Gerow (R) v. Representative Bill Goodling (R)
  • Virginia: Oliver L. North (R) v. Senator Charles S. Robb (D)
  • Virginia: James C. Miller (R) v. Senator John Warner (R)
  • South Carolina: Elliott Springs Close (D) v. Senator Strom Thurmond (R)
  • Georgia: Michael Coles (D) v. Representative Newt Gingrich (R) and Senator Paul Coverdell (R)
  • Ohio: Cliff Arnebeck (R/D) v. Representatives Chalmers Wylie (R) and Deborah Pryce (R)
  • Illinois: Dick Simpson (D) and Michael P. Flanagan (R) v. Representative Dan Rostenkowski (D)
  • Texas: Ron Paul (R) v. Representative Greg Laughlin (D/R) and Charles Morris (D)
  • Idaho: Walter Minnick (D) v. Senator Larry Craig (R)
  • Oregon: Harry Lonsdale (D) v. Senator Mark Hatfield (R), Representative Les AuCoin (D), and Tom Bruggere (D)
  • Alaska: David Cuddy (R) v. Senator Ted Stevens (R)
  • Hawaii: Orson G. Swindle (R) v. Representative Neil Abercrombie (D).
  • 0275966429 ((alk. paper))
  • 9780275966423 ((alk. paper))
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