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By Jeffery Mondak, Dona-Gene Mitchell

In a few years elections lead to enduring alterations to the yank political scene. In 2006, a pivotal election yr, the Republicans suffered a convincing defeat, wasting the home and Senate for the 1st time because the 1994 "Republican Revolution." yet what brought on this pivotal shift? Fault strains offers either a wealth of perception concerning what occurred within the 2006 congressional elections and a framework to assist in realizing the potential importance of the 2006 final result for next advancements in American politics. individuals to Fault strains, who all draw at the info from the 2006 Congressional Elections examine, contain some of the nation’s so much widespread and entire observers of Congress and congressional elections. This ebook delivers to be an influential contribution to our realizing of Congress, congressional elections, the Bush management, media and politics, political communique, and partisan polarization.

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Following the 2000 election, the Senate was split 50–50, initially giving the Republicans a working majority via Vice President Dick Cheney’s tie-breaking vote. A few months later, however, in May of 2001, Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont switched from a Republican affiliation to independent, and caucused with the Democrats. This switch provided the Democrats with a thin majority in the Senate, one that they retained until the 2002 elections. Data from the few respondents who indicated uncertainty are omitted from these calculations, and are excluded from this chapter’s figures.

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Carmines, Jessica C. Gerrity, and Michael W. Wagner independent effects, if any, that exist for NBC and FOX’s coverage of the midterm elections. First, we turn our attention to the determinants of the 2006 midterm vote among CES respondents. Among the major independent variables of interest are TV, which is coded 1 if the respondent uses television as her or his main source of news about Congress and 0 otherwise; Knowledge, coded from 0–3 based on the number of questions about American politics answered correctly; TV ϫ Knowledge, an interaction which multiplies the TV and Knowledge (see below) variables together to help us determine their joint effect; and Newspaper, which is coded 1 if the respondents name newspapers as their top source for congressional news and 0 otherwise.

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