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Brandon Rottinghaus

Professor, University of Houston


Brandon Rottinghaus is a professor of political science at the University of Houston. He is the author of Inside Texas Politics (Oxford University Press).

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Brutal primary battles and split parties

As Lupe Valdez and Andrew White take to the debate stage, heated past Democratic gubernatorial primaries from 1972 and 1990 highlight how the nastiest battles are often fought within a political family. Vicious runoffs resulted in political divides that didn’t heal for decades.

What’s an endorsement worth?

Endorsements from groups like these serve as signals to voters about the relative alliances and issues a candidate may embrace and potentially come with access to campaign funds. But what are these endorsements worth?  Statistical estimation can help us identify how valuable these endorsements are in terms of actual votes.