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April 07, 2013


Most Politicians Survive Scandals

Scott Bassinger finds that of the more than 250 members of the House of Representatives have been involved in various scandals since Watergate, roughly 40% did not "survive" their scandal.

"Incumbents who stood for reelection lost 5 percent of the general election vote share, on average, but the electoral repercussions vary across types of scandals and could be magnified in the presence of a quality challenger. A scandal-tainted incumbent defending his or her seat does not necessarily fare better than an untainted open-seat candidate, a finding that provides a justification for stronger ethics rules."












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