PEVERILL SQUIRE AND ERIC R.A.N. SMITH
A Further Examination of Challenger Quality in Senate Elections
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXI:235-48

In this note we use survey data from the 1988 and 1990 NES Senate Elections Studies to examine the concept of challenger quality in greater depth than previous studies have done. We look at our measures of challenger quality from a number of angles to confirm their utility. We also use the pooled data to show that they produce the expected relationships with campaign-related variables, and that they perform better than other measures of challenger quality.