Primary Challenges Spurred By Independent Political Groups Feared But Rare

WASHINGTON — As the nation briefly tumbled over the “fiscal cliff” and the White House worked to cut a deal with Senate Republicans, political groups called on Congress to reject the deal and asked supporters to urge their senators and congressmen to vote no. Many of these groups, mostly on the right, are known for getting involved in primaries to help defeat politicians who stray from their preferred ideas. And yet, the fiscal cliff deal passed with only House Republicans failing to give it majority support in their caucus. That’s because the fear of a primary challenge is more a collective action problem than anything else. Independent political groups only target a handful of incumbent lawmakers in primaries every election; when lawmakers vote en masse they are individually less likely to face a primary challenge than if only a few buck their ideological enforcers. Read More…
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Primary Challenges Spurred By Independent Political Groups Feared But Rare

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