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    Do Senators moderate in election years? Evidence from Twitter by Chen, Lilly

    I use topic modeling and principle component analysis to construct an index of inflammatory language using Twitter data from Senators. I estimate the effect of difficult election years on language moderation using different treatment groups— Senators who faced closed general elections in 2016, and Senators who ran in states that voted for the opposite party’s presidential candidate in 2016— in line with the median voter theorem. I find Senators in close elections are more inflammatory on average, and Senators in opposite party states did not moderate in the election year.