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Election Could Mirror 1980 Race

jlabbe Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 8:12 AM
The rigged polling may have an unintended consequence for Team Obama. Democrats may feel this election is so "in the bag" they may decide they don't need to spend the gas money to get to the polls themselves. Somebody else will do that for me...
There was only one presidential debate in 1980 between challenger Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Just two days before the Oct. 28 debate, Carter was eight points ahead in the Gallup poll. A week after the debate, he lost to Reagan by nearly ten percentage points.

Reagan's debate quip, "There you go again," reminded voters of Carter's chronic crabbiness. Even more devastating was Reagan's final, direct question to American voters: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" No one, it seemed, could muster a "Yes!"

Yet there was more to the 1980 campaign than the...