In this new edited volume, Charles S. Bullock III collects original contributions from top political scientists to evaluate Sarah Palin and the Tea Party's role in the 2010 midterm elections. Key States, High Stakes focuses on states where Republicans had the chance to pick up Senate seats, as well as examining GOP Senate primaries if they involved a Palin or a Tea Party nominee facing an establishment favorite. Bullock concludes the anthology with a chapter on the legacy of the Tea Party and of Sarah Palin on American politics.
Charles S. Bullock, III, is the Richard Russell Professor of Political Science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia. His most recent books are the fourth edition of The New Politics of the Old South (co-edited with Mark Rozell), Georgia Politics in a State of Change (co-authored with Keith Gaddie), Redistricting: The Most Political Activity in America and The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (co-authored with Keith Gaddie), winner of the V. O. Key Award as the best book published on Southern Politics in 2009.
Chapter 1 The 2010 Elections Charles S. Bullock, III Part 1: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies Chapter 2. Mama Grizzly Nearly Trapped: New Hampshire's Republican Senate Primary Dante J. Scala Chapter 3. Sacrificing Electoral Viability for Ideological Purity: Christine O'Donnell and the Delaware Senate Race Daniel C. Reed Chapter 4. Nevada: The Tea Party Takes on Harry Reid but from the Wrong Angle Ted G. Jelen Chapter 5. "A Deep Blue Hole"? California, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Midterm Elections Amy Widestrom and Christopher Dennis Part 2: Tea Party Favorites Chapter 6. Florida: A Plummeting Economy, Tea Parties, and Palin Give GOP a Clean Sweep Susan A. MacManus with the assistance of David J. Bonanza and Mary L. Moss Chapter 7. Randslide: Tea Party Success in the Establishment's Backyard Joel Turner and Scott Lasley Chapter 8. Ron Johnson: The Accidental Tea Partier Geoffrey Peterson Chapter 9. The Pennsylvania Senate Race: Toomey's Time Stanley P. Berard Chapter 10. Colorado: The Centennial State Bucks the National Trend M. Jean Kingston Chapter 11. The 2010 West Virginia Senate Race Robert Rupp Chapter 12. The 2010 Elections in New York Costas Panagopoulos Part 3 States Not in the Tea Party Play Book Chapter 13. Arkansas: The Kettle That Didn't Whistle Andrew Dowdle and Joseph D. Giammo Chapter 14. Coats vs. Ellsworth: The 2010 Indiana Senate Race Michael A. Maggiotto and Raymond H. Schelle Chapter 15. The Blue and the Red in the Land of Obama: The 2010 Midterms in Illinois Janna L. Dietz Chapter 16. The 2010 Washington U.S. Senate Race: Two Familiar Faces and Two Potential Wild Cards Edward Anegon and David Nice Chapter 17. Connecticut: Too Liberal to Be Palin's Cup of Tea Diana Evans Chapter 18. Conclusion: Evaluating Palin, the Tea Party, and DeMint Influences Charles S. Bullock, III Notes Index About the Authors