Studies show that Americans do not follow their politics contrary to what to the results of the gubernatorial race indicate. Most Americans individuals are identified by the two major parties, namely the Democrats and the Republicans. Party identification and the individual view on the incumbents past performance affects the result of gubernatorial elections. Many voters choose their leaders based on their political parties. Party identification enables voters to look at the issues that the candidates have to offer. It indicates that voters want to be identified with the political parties they are affiliated with. Party identification helps in analysis of the candidates in a particular party. The society judges an incumbent candidate based on the state of the national economy. An economy driven by development strategies and goals will attract voters. A poorly driven economy may not attract the support of many individuals (Aldrich 2011).
Public issues are one of the policies that affect the decision making of most individuals when they are going to cast their vote. Policies affecting the public show how the government is willing to help solve the problems that affects the common individuals. Individuals may choose a candidate based on the manner that he looks at the public policies. The background of voters plays a crucial factor in the outcomes of gubernatorial elections (Leon 2012). Background of a voter is the identity that individuals have with the society. This identity includes the factors that affect the well being of the society. Economic views, ethnicity, gender and religious views are some of the factors affecting the development of the society.
Individuals vote for the candidate that will work around the clock to ensure that the development targets are met. The records of previous administrations help the voter to choose their next candidate. Actual performance of candidates