Neck and Neck to the White House: The Closest Presidential Elections, 1796-2000

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Close presidential elections in the United States are measured, evaluated and remembered primarily by simple statistics. One can easily find out, for example, how many states in the electoral college were won by each presidential candidate, and by how much. But to stop there is to miss the most dramatic parts of the political contests. Why were the votes so close? What issues split the electorate? Was it the behavior or the reputation of the candidates? This book answers these questions and more, identifying and ...

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Overview

Close presidential elections in the United States are measured, evaluated and remembered primarily by simple statistics. One can easily find out, for example, how many states in the electoral college were won by each presidential candidate, and by how much. But to stop there is to miss the most dramatic parts of the political contests. Why were the votes so close? What issues split the electorate? Was it the behavior or the reputation of the candidates? This book answers these questions and more, identifying and examining 12 of the closest elections, from the 1796 battle between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to the contested 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786444847
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired CPA, corporate executive and management consultant Robert E. Kelly is an author and an award-winning journalist. He lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1 1796: John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson 7

2 1800: John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson 26

3 1824: John Quincy Adams vs. Andrew Jackson 42

4 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden 57

5 1880: James A. Garfield vs. Winfield S. Hancock 74

6 1884: Grover Cleveland vs. James G. Blaine 90

7 1888: Grover Cleveland vs. Benjamin Harrison 109

8 1948: Harry S Truman vs. Thomas E. Dewey 125

9 1960: Richard M. Nixon vs. John F. Kennedy 156

10 1968: Hubert H. Humphrey vs. Richard M. Nixon 189

11 1976: Gerald F. Ford vs. Jimmy Carter 219

12 2000: George W. Bush vs. Albert A. Gore 255

Conclusion 296

Appendices 301

Chapter Notes 313

Bibliography 327

Index 331

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