Visalvanich, Neil (2016) 'When does race matter? exploring white responses to minority congressional candidates.', Politics, groups, and identities., 5 (4). pp. 618-641.
How significant of a factor is race in minority candidate evaluation? I present theory of race and minority candidate evaluation which argues that candidate race acts as an informational heuristic that affects perceptions of a candidate's ideological leaning and competence but that this effect is dependent on contextual factors, including the racial group and candidate partisanship. Using the 2010 and 2012 Cooperative Congressional Elections Study, I provide an observational look at Latino and Asian candidates in addition to black candidates for the first time, as well as minority candidates of both partisan stripes. I examine voter perceptions about candidates that might drive their vote choice, namely ideological assessments and competence assessments. I find that white voters are less likely to support Latino and black Democrats because they are viewed as less competent and more ideologically extreme. I find that Asian candidates and minority Republicans are largely unaffected by these biases.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2016.1146152|
|Publisher statement:||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Politics, Groups, and Identities on 25/02/2016, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21565503.2016.1146152.|
|Date accepted:||18 January 2016|
|Date deposited:||08 March 2016|
|Date of first online publication:||25 February 2016|
|Date first made open access:||25 August 2017|
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