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Many studies on dynastic politics have focused on the success of dynastic politicians in elections and overlooked the failure of some politicians who tried to build their political dynasties but then failed. The fact suggests that politicians’ effort to build their political dynasties is not as easy as it seems. Some politicians who tried to build a political dynasty have failed in electoral races in their respective areas. This research aims to fill a gap in the study of dynastic politics by providing an explanation of why some politicians are able to build and maintain their political dynasties while others fail. This paper argues that dynastic politicians, even with their enormous political resources, are not unbeatable. In certain conditions, the familial relationship between a dynastic candidate and the candidate’s family member who occupied an elected office can be counterproductive to the candidate’s effort to build a political dynasty. This research employs qualitative data from the researcher’s pre-dissertation fieldwork during the 2018 simultaneous subnational elections (Pilkada Serentak) in Indonesia, including direct field observation, elite interviews, news articles, and official documents.