Party organizations engage in recruiting candidates:A. for all races.B. for high-profile seats, such as U.S. Senate seats or governorships.C. for races they probably cannot win.D. for races they...

Party organizations engage in recruiting candidates:
A. for all races.
B. for high-profile seats, such as U.S. Senate seats or governorships.
C. for races they probably cannot win.
D. for races they think they can win but that are not attractive to ambitious politicians.
E. for all seats not held by their party.

 

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The most likely answer to this question is Option D.  This is the best answer because, when parties have to choose, these are the races that they will work hardest to try to recruit for.

Ideally, parties would try to recruit good candidates for all races and Option A would be correct.  But parties’ resources are limited.  Therefore, they only really try hard to recruit and support candidates for some races.  They do not typically have to recruit candidates for high-profile races because lots of people want to run for those jobs without being asked.  They do not want to spend their resources on seats that they probably cannot win because that would be a waste of resources.  This means Option C is wrong as is Option E because many of the seats they do not hold are ones they probably cannot win.  This leaves Option D.  The parties will want to spend resources for recruitment on races that they can win but which do not attract many candidates.

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