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

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

by Robert E. Kelly
     
 

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?

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786444847
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/08/2011
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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