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The Defeat of Eric Cantor

Lauren Cohen Bell; David Elliot Meyer; Ronald Keith Gaddie
eISBN-13: 9781506311951

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"This is a book that needed to be written. Eric Cantor’s defeat was not only shocking but it runs against everything we teach in our election courses. By extracting the lessons from Cantor’s defeat, Slingshot helps to inform our more general understanding of campaigns & elections."

-Professor Kirby Goidel, Texas A&M; University

Incumbents don′t lose. So how did nationally prominent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lose a primary battle to college professor David Brat, an unknown political rookie? In Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor, authors Lauren Cohen Bell, David Elliot Meyer and Ronald Keith Gaddie take advantage of exceptional behind-the-scenes access to the Brat campaign to explain the challenger’s victory. They examine the essential need for elected officials to maintain strong support in their home districts and just how Cantor’s focus on climbing the party ranks in Washington contributed to his loss. They also show how local "rules of the game" —particularly voter mobilization in this case—affect elections, and they explore the continuing impact of the Tea Party and its role in the factionalism of current Southern politics.  

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ISBNs 9781506311968, 9781506311968, 9781506311968, 9781506311951, 9781506311944, 9781506311975, 1506311954
Language English
Number of Pages 224
Edition 1st