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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Magnitude of Bush's 1988 Victory

In Defying the Odds, we discuss the historical context of the  2016 presidential race.

In 1988George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, got a higher share of the popular and electoral vote than any presidential candidate since then.


                                    Popular %        Electoral Vote

1988    Bush 41           53.4                 426   79.1%
1992    Clinton, B.       43.0                 370   68.8%
1996    Clinton, B.       49.2                 379   70.4%
2000    Bush 43           47.9                 271    50.4%
2004    Bush 43           50.7                 286    53.2%
2008    Obama             52.9                 365    67.8%
2012    Obama             50.9                 332    61.7%
2016    Trump              46.0                 304    56.5%