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Probably the biggest surprise in the history of presidential elections, Harry Truman defied the odds in winning re-election in 1948. When the campaign started,...

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There have been a large number of “third parties” in our political history. A third party is any party other than one of the...

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In 1912, the American electorate was treated to the spectacle of an incumbent (current) president, a past president, and a future president running against...

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Many articles use the term “minority president” in describing past presidents and past elections. This is especially true when discussing a president’s “mandate” to...
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