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Traits versus Issues: How Female Candidates Shape Coverage of Senate and Gubernatorial Races

SeeTraits versus Issues: How Female Candidates Shape Coverage of Senate and Gubernatorial Races

From: Political Research Quarterly

Authors: Johanna Dunaway, Regina G. Lawrence, Melody Rose, Christopher R. Weber

Date Published: July 3, 2013

 

Teaser: 

As female candidates may face greater challenges in establishing their “qualifications” for office, coverage of their personal traits may be pernicious, because it tends to de-emphasize substantive qualifications. This study focuses on relative amounts of trait and issue coverage of contests with and without women candidates. 

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