Title

Gubernatorial Elections and Coattail Effects of Women Candidates

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-6-2020

Department

Political Science

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Women, Politics and Policy

Abstract

Much existing research on coattail effects focuses on the president’s ability to attract votes for congressional candidates of the same party. In addition to candidates’ parties being noted on the ballot, however, voters can often infer candidate gender, meaning it could also influence voter perceptions of candidates. In this article, we examine whether coattail effects exist not just at the party-level, but also with respect to gender. Using electoral data from gubernatorial and state legislative races from 2010 and 2014, we examine the degree to which women candidates for governor attract votes for female candidates for state legislative races down-ballot. We find that women state legislative candidates can benefit from having a woman at the top of the ticket, but the context and frequency of this benefit differs by party.

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DOI

10.1080/1554477X.2020.1805268

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