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The United States Congress$
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Ross English

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063084

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.001.0001

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Congressional elections

Congressional elections

(p.16) 2 Congressional elections
The United States Congress

Ross M. English

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the congressional elections, which are held every two years and elect the entire House and around one third of the Senate each time, taking note of the 1994 Congressional elections, where the Republicans achieved a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It then introduces the Contract with America, a proposal that outlines ten key policies which would be brought to the floor of the House for a vote within the first 100 days if a Republican majority were elected. The chapter then takes a look at the candidate-centred campaigning, which features three characteristics of the American system, and also identifies the ways a US citizen can get elected into Congress.

Keywords:   congressional elections, Contract with America, Republican majority, candidate-centred campaigning, American system

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