Does Heavy Turnout Help Democrats in Presidential Elections? Academic Article uri icon


  • There is conventional political wisdom that high voter turnout in a U.S. presidential election advantages the majority party. Because the Democratic party has been the dominant party in recent decades, this turnout advantage is often believed to accrue to Democratic presidential candidates. In an article in the June 1980 issue of the Review, James DeNardo challenged this conventional view. Indeed, he claimed that the majority party was likely to suffer with increased turnout when the behavior of core and peripheral voters is taken into account. Harvey J. Tucker and Arnold Vedlitz take issue with DeNardo's reasoning and evidence, and DeNardo embellishes and underscores his original case.

published proceedings

  • American Political Science Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Tucker, H. J., Vedlitz, A., & DeNardo, J.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Tucker, Harvey J||Vedlitz, Arnold||DeNardo, James

publication date

  • January 1986