Maybe They Already Were Winners
On a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher”, former candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional seat Clay Aiken was lamenting the role that money plays in elections. I’m paraphrasing, but he said that whoever raises the most money wins the election. And, from what I understand, this is a fairly widely held belief.
But I’m curious. Do we know this to be true? Specifically, do we know that raising money leads to winning? Is it possible that strong candidates — candidates very likely to win — raise more money because they are the preferred choice of a majority of the electorate? And how would we go about ferreting this out?