Key States, High Stakes: Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Elections

Key States, High Stakes: Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Elections


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The 2010 elections were one of the most highly anticipated midterm elections in our nation's recent history. After the historic 2008 election, in which America elected its first black president, Sarah Palin's involvement and the emergence of the Tea Party in the 2010 congressional elections had the potential to transform the composition of congress and set the stage for the nation's politics for the next decade, or even the next generation. In this new edited volume, Charles S. Bullock III collects original contributions from top political scientists to evaluate Sarah Palin and the Tea Party's role in the 2010 midterm elections. Key States, High Stakes focuses on states where Republicans had the chance to pick up Senate seats, as well as examining GOP Senate primaries if they involved a Palin or a Tea Party nominee facing an establishment favorite. Bullock concludes the anthology with a chapter on the legacy of the Tea Party and of Sarah Palin on American politics. One thing is certain. In terms of control of the House and Senate (and its effect on President Obama's policy agenda), the prospects for the 2012 presidential race, and the long-term viability of the Tea Party movement, the stakes in the 2010 midterm elections could not have been higher.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442210967
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles S. Bullock, III, is the Richard Russell Professor of Political Science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia. His most recent books are the fourth edition of The New Politics of the Old South (co-edited with Mark Rozell), Georgia Politics in a State of Change (co-authored with Keith Gaddie), Redistricting: The Most Political Activity in America and The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (co-authored with Keith Gaddie), winner of the V. O. Key Award as the best book published on Southern Politics in 2009.

Table of Contents

1 The 2010 Elections Charles S. Bullock, III 1

Part 1 Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies

2 Mama Grizzly Nearly Trapped: New Hampshire's Republican Senate Primary Dante J. Scala 13

3 Sacrificing Electoral Viability for Ideological Purity: Christine O'Donnell and the Delaware Senate Race Daniel C. Reed 25

4 Nevada: The Tea Party Takes On Harry Reid but from the Wrong Angle Ted G. Jelen 39

5 "A Deep Blue Hole"? California, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Midterm Elections Amy Widestrom Christopher Dennis 51

Part 2 Tea Party Favorites

6 Florida: A Plummeting Economy, Tea Parties, and Palin Give GOP a Clean Sweep Susan A. MacManus David J. Bonanza Mary L. Moss 65

7 Randslide: Tea Party Success in the Establishment's Backyard Joel Turner Scott Lasley 79

8 Ron Johnson: The Accidental Tea Partier Geoffrey Peterson 91

9 The Pennsylvania Senate Race: Toomey's Time Stanley P. Berard 101

10 Colorado: The Centennial State Bucks the National Trend M. Jean Kingston 113

11 The 2010 West Virginia Senate Race Robert Rupp 125

12 The Empire Strikes Back: The 2010 Elections in New York Costas Panagopoulos 137

Part 3 States Not in the Tea Party Playbook

13 Arkansas: The Kettle That Didn't Whistle Andrew Dowdle Joseph D. Giammo 153

14 Coats vs. Ellsworth: The 2010 Indiana Senate Race Michael A. Maggiotto Raymond H. Scheele 165

15 The Blue and the Red in the Land of Obama: The 2010 Midterms in Illinois Janna L. Deitz 177

16 The 2010 Washington U.S. Senate Race: Two Familiar Faces and Two Potential Wild Cards Edward Anegon David Nice 189

17 Connecticut: Too Liberal to Be Palin's Cup of Tea Diana Evans 199

18 Conclusion: Evaluating Palin, the Tea Party, and Demint Influences Charles S. Bullock, III 211

Notes 227

Index 233

About the Contributors 241

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