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Should I stay or should I go? Sincere and strategic crossover voting in California assembly races


There at least two important questions about voter behavior in California's blanket primary. The first is: How many voters took the opportunity to cast a ballot for a candidate of a party different than that of the voter's registration or identification? The second question is: Why did these crossover voters decide to defect from their own party's nomination campaign and support a candidate from another party? In this chapter, we focus on these two questions at the Assembly district level.

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