Date of Completion

Spring 5-10-2009

Thesis Advisor(s)

Howard Reiter

Honors Major

Political Science


American Politics | Political Science


The following paper is about the relationship between elected officials and their constituents. Seniority and margin of victory are studied to determine their effects on said relationship. The institution of superdelegates in the Democratic nominating process is studied from 1984-2008 to make this thesis empirical.