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AbstractDo voters in white districts systematically obstruct minority representation? Despite a great deal of public and scholarly attention, this question remains largely unresolved. We demonstrate that the narrow focus on the relationship between white voters and minority representation is inadequate to understand why we do not see more minority-elected officials in the United States. We use a matching technique to investigate three theoretical perspectives of descriptive representation usingdoi:10.1017/rep.2015.2 fatcat:jlxkqnaq5jhs3jm5ubz46rqqqm