This book had its origins in the stunning events of November 1994, when it dawned on me that midterm elections are rarely given the same thorough analysis as presidential elections, even when they are as obviously important as the elections of 1994. This view was echoed by Jennifer Knerr and Larry Dodd at Westview Press, whose support and encouragement made this project possible. I would also like to thank the contributors to this volume, since it is their ideas and research which provide its value. Special thanks should also go to David Mayhew; not only did he contribute a chapter to the volume but seven of the other authors in this book were his students at Yale University. This book was not intended as a Festschrift. Instead, as he would put it, if you throw a brick into a room fun of scholars interested in midterm elections, you are bound to hit a few Mayhew students. Finally, this book is dedicated to my wife, Honorine, who never ceases to amaze me with her love and support.
Philip A. Klinkner