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How to Win the 2012 Presidential Election

Houster Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 2:04 AM
I'm more impressed with this analysis than that of Mr. Deace: http://www.widgetserver.com/syndication/l/?p=1&instId=d49376d0-db6e-4570-955c-31464df00a64&token=74c0ffc69a9b5f8ef1e7a0563ab62975b944c52500000139559cd09d&u=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10000872396390443792604577575252699842664.html%3Fmod%3Drss_opinion_main

Last week we took a look at the historical template for the Republican Party nominee to win the presidency going all the way back to the 19th century. In case you missed it, here’s a brief refresher course:

1) Since 1892, only five incumbent presidents have lost re-election campaigns. The only one of those five that didn’t face a divided base was Herbert Hoover, who faced the Great Depression. In other words, minus extraordinary circumstances it is difficult to defeat an incumbent president unless he faces a primary.

2) Since 1976, only one Republican has won the presidency without...