This chapter discusses the interplay of public funding, competition, and candidate “quality” in state legislative elections. In particular it explores the potential for gauging candidate quality and electoral competitiveness. The availability of campaign subsidies could encourage the entry of experienced candidates looking to challenge incumbents. Such challengers might gauge public funding as a vehicle to improve their funding position for a race that they may well have undertaken eventually, regardless of whether subsidies were available. Alternatively, public funding could empower political neophytes, encouraging them to wage a campaign that they may never otherwise have considered. Full funding in particular holds the potential to draw candidates into even the most unwinnable races, giving them the tools to run a serious campaign.
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