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Seth Masket
Seth Masket studies American political parties at the local, state, and national level. His book No Middle Ground (University of Michigan Press, 2009) examines the alliances of activists, donors, and officeholders that today function as unofficial parties, helping their preferred candidates win nominations and preventing others from doing so. Dr. Masket has written on state legislatures, local party organizations, campaigns, term limits, redistricting, and open primaries and other reforms to the party nomination process. He teaches courses on campaigns, parties, film, and state and local politics. He's currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver.

Entries by Seth Masket

How Well Is Coffman Representing His District?

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) has been accused of being "out of step" with his district by his opponent Andrew Romanoff, the League of Conservation Voters, and others. Is this true? Is this something we can actually measure?

We should keep in mind that Coffman has had...

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What's at Stake in Colorado's 6th

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:09 PM

One of the hottest U.S. House seat races in the country is going on right now in Colorado. The 6th Congressional district, located just outside Denver, features three-term Republican Representative Mike Coffman running against Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff.

What's so special about this race? Yes, it's likely to be a...

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Colorado Professors: Restore the National Science Foundation's Political Science Funding

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 7:38 PM

The following is an op/ed by Seth Masket (chair of political science at the University of Denver), Robert Duffy (chair of political science at Colorado State University), and David Brown (chair of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder). It appeared on the Denver Post's website...

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The Debate: What Happened?

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 10:00 AM

I watched the debate from inside the media filing room in the Ritchie Center. You can see my perspective at left, which pretty much encapsulates my thoughts on the debate -- it...

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The First Debate: What to Expect

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 1:37 PM

The University of Denver is hosting the first of this year's presidential debates this coming Wednesday. It's a thrilling, if rather disorienting, time on campus right now, but I thought I'd take a few moments to sum up what we might expect to see.

First of all, some quick obligatory...

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The Price of Reform

(28) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 2:06 PM

(Co-authored with Steven Greene, Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University)

At the time the Affordable Health Care for America Act passed, there was much speculation that a "yes" vote might put Democratic House members from moderate and conservative districts in greater danger of electoral defeat....

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Some Caucus Analysis -- With Maps

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 2:52 PM

Well, the results of last night's caucuses haven't been completely tabulated, but that shouldn't stop me from making inferences, should it?  Don't answer that.

Okay, on the Democratic side, here's what the county map looks like.  I have calculated Romanoff's share of the Romanoff + Bennet vote, ignoring the uncommitted...

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All That Campaigning? It Mattered

(16) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 10:50 AM

Political scientists have a surprisingly difficult time demonstrating that campaigns actually affect the way people vote. That seems counter-intuitive -- the 2008 campaigns spent literally billions of dollars trying to convince voters of the merits of their candidates or of the dangers of electing their opponents. How could this not...

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Is It a Problem When the Party Decides?

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 2:06 PM

There are lots of interesting things in the Denver Post story about the Democratic Party's efforts to protect Sen. Michael Bennet from Andrew Romanoff's primary challenge. But what struck me in particular was the claim that voters push back when a party tries to force a nominee on them.

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