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Old 11-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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The Republican Party has now lost four of the last six Presidential elections. This has not been true since Barry Goldwater's loss to LBJ in 1964.

The Republican Party has also lost the popular vote in five of the last six elections. And they have failed to reach 300 Electoral College votes for six elections running, something that hasn't happened since the 19th century (when the Electoral College was smaller and it was harder to get to 300 EVs). George W. Bush's 286 EVs in 2004 is the GOP high-water mark since the 1988 election; never before in the history of the Republican Party has it gone six elections without winning more than 53% of the Electoral College.

Barack Obama is one of forty-three men who have served as President of the United States. He is the 16th to be elected, then re-elected four years later. Along with Grover Cleveland, who was defeated in his re-election bid but then elected a second time four years after that, he is one of 17 Presidents to be elected twice.

Barack Obama is one of five Presidents in the last 170 years to twice be elected with more than 50% of the popular vote, the others being Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant. Several Presidents were similarly elected early in the nation's history, but as some states during that era did not allow the populace to vote for President there was no truly national popular vote at that time.

Three consecutive Presidents (Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton) have now been elected twice consecutively. The only other time in American history at least two consecutive Presidents were each elected twice consecutively was from 1800 to 1820, when Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe were each elected twice.

Mitt Romney is the first Republican nominee to fail to carry his home state since Thomas Dewey in 1944; at least Dewey had the excuse that his home state of New York was also FDR's home state.
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