Might We See a Landslide?

We have grown unaccustomed to presidential landslides.  The three most lopsided presidential races since 1988 fell short of the conventional definition of a landslide, which would be a ten-point difference in the popular vote between the winner of the election and the next-closest candidate. Obama in 2008 beat McCain by seven points and carried 28 states.  Clinton in 1996 beat Dole by eight points (although Clinton did not even get a majority of the popular vote) and carried 31 states.  George H. Bush had a seven-point advantage over Dukakis in 1988 and carried 40 states.  A quick perusal of the electoral maps in each race shows a closely divided nation and no real mandate for the victorious candidate. But that landslide drought could end this November.  Economic conditions produce landslides -- prosperity propelled Reagan and Eisenhower, for example, to huge re-election wins in 1984 and 1956.  Economic distress affects voters even more.  Only once...(Read Full Article)

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