Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


This study examines the impact of stringent campaign contribution laws on competition in gubernatorial contests. In addition to the stringency of campaign contribution laws, however, it explores several other potential causes of competition. For instance, this study considers the availability of public funding, a state’s vote for president, the existence of an open seat race, income of a state, state population, the institutional powers of a given state’s governor, and the winning party. This study ultimately demonstrates the extent to which campaign contribution limits have little effect on gubernatorial competitiveness. Of the alternatives, both the presence of an open seat and the availability of public financing to challengers proves partially determinative, and present additional avenues for further research.