Coattail Effect

Prediction

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Fun Fact

Definition

Coattail effect: The boost that candidates may get in an election because of the popularity of candidates above them on the ballot, especially the president. The coattail effect, or down-ballot effect is the tendency for a popular political party leader to attract votes for other candidates of the same party in an election.

Sentence

Hugh Jass wasn't the world's greatest candidate, but when Libertarian presidential candidate Pepperpot won the popular vote by 19 percentage points, all kinds of unpopular Libertarians road his coattails and were elected to Congress.

Example

A Closer Look at Trump's 'Coattails Effect'

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Questions

  1. Do most winning presidents have much of a coattail effect for their party?

  2. Why do you think the coattail effect exists?

  3. Did Donald Trump have a big coattail effect in the 2016 election?