By Barbara Burrell
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I have used these cases only in analyses measuring women candidates' presence and their characteristics. Some states have no provision for a primary when a seat becomes vacant outside of the regular retirement process. Party committees choose their nominees. Those cases, too, are excluded. Women Candidates in Primary Elections 47 more candidates in the primaries of the party dominant in a district because the prospect of ultimate victory is greater for that party's primary winner. The larger number of female Democratic contenders in open seat primaries during this time may have been a function of more open seats in Democratic dominated districts attracting more ambitious women, just as they would have attracted a larger pool of ambitious male candidates.
Women have consistently shown 4. An experimental study should be undertaken to determine whether indeed this has happened in the 1990s. American Views of Women as Political Leaders 23 less support for military involvement in conflicts around the world. S. military involvement in the Korean War. Fifty-five percent of men as opposed to 42 percent of women favored greater United States involvement in Vietnam. Women have also been less supportive of the death penalty. But on most domestic spending issues and other domestic concerns few differences existed between the sexes from the early surveys through the mid-1970s.
S. House in 1990, more than half (140) of the Democrats and nearly two-thirds (IlO) of the Republicans had been elected in 1980 or later, suggesting a good deal of turnover in membership viewed from a longer time perspective than one election. House elections have become more candidate-centered than they use to be, and to the extent that these elections are candidate- rather than partycentered, competition depends not just on the presence of challengers but on the political talents and resources of those who run.