U of M report looks at Bachmann, House incumbency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a series of reports this week, University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier focuses on the importance of incumbency in Minnesota’s U.S. House races.

Part 1 focuses on Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and two-term GOPers. Ostermeier notes that only two such incumbents have been defeated since Minnesota became a state. The last time it happened was in 1944.

Part 2 examines the extent that incumbency advantage increases the longer representatives have remained in Washington.

Part 3 looks at whether incumbents are any safer today than during most of Minnesota’s electoral history. And you’ll have to click here to find out the answer to that.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 09/11/2009 - 10:36 am.

    I wish you would boil it up a bit rather than referring to the link(s)#1 & #3. Fascinating, readable, with a lot of history and fun for specualtion. I know I have been cricized for this but Luther and Gerry S. were in a volatile district with demographic and population changes. The question is, is the 6th district still volatile? I don’t know enough about earlier third party history but we have a different mix now. Elaborate on the UM study if possible. Good work.

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