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Here’s How The ‘Coattail Effect’ Influenced This Year’s Election Cycle

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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The “coattail effect” is a presidential candidate’s popularity driving voter turnout from their base or swaying independent voters, which helps their political party’s candidate down the ballot. No matter who ends up winning the presidential election, it seems clear now that few down-ballot candidates, if any, will be “riding the coattails” of the victor.