Why Most Candidates Don’t Run Again After Losing Twice

Source: FiveThirtyEight
by Alex Samuels & Mary Radcliffe

“On paper, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and current Florida Rep. Charlie Crist have little in common. The former, a somewhat progressive three-term Democratic House member with a failed presidential bid, is reportedly mulling a gubernatorial run in Texas. The latter, a former Republican, is hoping to reclaim his old office in the Florida governor’s mansion — this time as a Democrat — by challenging Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis. But both O’Rourke and Crist are risking their political credibility if they run again and lose, as they’ve already failed to win two consecutive runs for office. Even worse, they could be marked as perennial candidates. And given the track record of candidates who have already had multiple unsuccessful bids for higher office, both men are facing uphill climbs.” (06/09/21)