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Please note this is a 'Palgrave to Order' title (PTO). Stock of this book requires shipment from overseas. It will be delivered to you within 12 weeks. This book studies the election of American state governors, 'an increasingly important group of political leaders', and makes comparisons with Senate and presidential elections. This first comprehensive and quantitative examination of gubernatorial elections examines key issues in understanding elections, including the impact of incumbent and challenger expenditures on election outcomes, retrospective voting, voter turnout, the emergence of quality challengers to incumbents, and political ambition. As the national distribution of power shifts towards the states and as governors have expanded their authority within states over the last few decades, this is a crucial look at a vital process.