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State Legislative Election Returns in the United States, 1968-1989 (ICPSR 8907) RSS

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Summary:

The purpose of this collection is to extend detailed study of electoral and governmental processes in the United States to the state and local levels and to encourage comparative analyses of voting patterns, political party competition, and partisan control between different states or regions. The collection provides election data at the county, constituency, and candidate levels for state legislative races contested in the United States between 1968 and 1989. General election returns for all 50 states are included, as well as primary election returns for 16 southern and border states. Data include county-level returns for all major and minor political parties that contested elections for seats in state legislatures, individual candidate totals at both the county and constituency levels, incumbency status, total number of votes cast for all candidates in an election, each candidate's percentage of the vote, and several measures comparing a candidate's performance with those of his or her rivals.

Series: State Legislative Election Returns in the United States Series

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  • These data are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Because you are not logged in, we cannot verify that you will be able to download these data.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Candidate and Constituency Statistics Data - Download All Files (28.2 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS2:  Base (or "Raw") Data - Download All Files (44.1 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS3:  County-Level Data for 1968 - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS4:  County-Level Data for 1970 - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS5:  County-Level Data for 1972 - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS6:  County-Level Data for 1974 - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS7:  County-Level Data for 1976 - Download All Files (5.8 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS8:  County-Level Data for 1978 - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS9:  County-Level Data for 1980 - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS10:  County-Level Data for 1982 - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS11:  County-Level Data for 1984 - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS12:  County-Level Data for 1986 - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS13:  County-Level Data for 1988 - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTION RETURNS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1968-1989. Fifth ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1992. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08907.v5

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8618482)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, constituencies, counties, election returns, historical data, performance, political history, political parties, political power, primaries, special elections, state elections, state legislatures, state politics, vote count, voting patterns

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1968--1989

Date of Collection:  

  • 1968--1989

Universe:   Members of the voting age population of the United States from 1968 through 1989.

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The fifth edition of this collection contains general and special election returns from 1968 through 1989 for all 50 states and primary election returns, where available, for the same period for 14 southern and border states. Odd-year general elections are recorded in the county-level data file of the previous even-numbered year.

Methodology

Data Source:

official and unofficial election returns from state governments, and local newspaper returns

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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