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13 Facts About the Coattail Effect

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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.

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For example, in the United States, the party of a victorious presidential candidate will often win many seats in Congress as well; these Members of Congress are voted into office “on the coattails” of the president.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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This theory is prevalent at all levels of government.

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A popular statewide candidate for governor or senator can attract support for down ballot races of their party as well.

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This is prevalent in the United Kingdom especially in a general election.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign state in western Europe.

A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen.

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People have a tendency to vote on the basis of a political party instead of the MP for their area.

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This also refers to the phenomenon that members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives are more likely to be voted for on a year of the presidential election than a midterm.

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The "coattail effect" is not usually caused by a popular candidate convincing swing voters to cast their ballots for their party, although this is not unheard of.

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Rather, the effect often stems from popular candidates driving voter turnout among their own party base, people who are likely to vote for downballot party candidates anyway.

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The "coattail effect" has also been used to derogatorily describe the effect of Group Representation Constituencies in Singapore, where candidates for Parliament run on a party slate of 3 to 6 candidates.

In modern politics and history, a parliament is a legislative, elected body of government.

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This allows weak candidates to get elected "riding on the coattails" of strong candidates on their slate.

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Riding the coattails is a metaphor that refers to one who achieves some level of success or notability primarily through association with someone else.

A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing.

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This can often be used as a generic phrase for anyone that hangs onto another person as they forge ahead, without effort from the hanger-on.

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