Whitney Court, Political Science
Who is responsible for the state economy, and does it matter in electing the state chief executive? Until now, numerous researchers have examined the influence of the economy and other factors in gubernatorial elections. However, the most recent studies at the state level did not include economic conditions or found them to be insignificant. This project will examine the thirty-six gubernatorial elections in 2014 and analyze both national- and state-level economic indicators. After investigating the economic performance factors in relation to the election results, it appears that economic conditions did not influence vote choice in the November 2014 gubernatorial elections, a conclusion supported by recent scholars.
Markon, Justin M., "The Influence of Economic Performance in the 2014 Midterms: A Gubernatorial Tutorial" (2015). Honors Theses. 72.