Political scientists discuss surge in candidate filing
David Kimball, associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Dave Robertson, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at UMSL, were quoted in articles about a higher-than-expected number of Missouri candidates filing for offices on ballots for the August primaries and November general election.
Kimball was quoted by the Associated Press about a rise in third-party candidates in Missouri. The AP story ran April 4 in the Kansas City (Missouri) Star, Columbia Missourian, http://www.digitalburg.com in Warrensburg, Mo., and St. Louis Examiner, April 5 in the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau and April 6 in the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune.
Kimball said the jump in third-party candidates, primarily from the Constitution Party, was tied to anger about the economy.
“If things are bad, then the logic kind of is that it’s the two (major political) parties’ fault,” he told the AP.
In a St. Louis Beacon article that ran April 1, Robertson discussed the last-minute GOP surge in candidates that pushed the total number of state, legislative and congressional candidates to 581, Missouri’s largest tally since 2002.
“The most obvious cause is that everyone understands the Republicans are in a very strong position this year, and Democrats are their weakest since 1994,” Robertson said in the article.
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