This research tests spatial models of electoral competition using survey data on state legislative candidates' policy positions and ideology in eight U.S. states. Our data support several hypotheses: 1) candidates' issue positions do not converge; 2) party elites have more extreme issue positions than candidates do; 3) candidate issue positioning is a function of party-elite issue positions and union involvement in the campaign as well as constituency characteristics; and 4) when candidates rely heavily on elite resources during their campaign, elites become more important in shaping candidate issue positions.
- state legislative elections,
- candidate issue positions
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