Minority descriptive representation in the U.S. House
Morgan, Angela Michelle
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Much of the scholarly research on minority representation in Congress has been limited in several ways. The focus on minority success in general elections provides a narrow understanding of the influence of race on minority representation. Few scholars have examined minority candidate emergence, despite the insight it provides into when and where minority candidates decide to run for office. Studies of minority candidate emergence and success have largely ignored the influence of party in congressional elections. To address this shortcoming in the literature, this thesis seeks to extend the research on minority representation in Congress by examining candidate emergence, with specific emphasis on party, during the 2010 U.S. House elections. The results reaffirm the previous research which indicates that district-level racial composition is associated with Black and Latino candidate emergence; however, party appears to have a differential impact on the likelihood of emergence among Black and Latino candidates.