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The Margin of Victory.

Public-opinion pollsters predicted the 2000 presidential election would be close. But because presidential elections are so rarely won by a whisker, no one imagined the ballot battle would go to the courts and last for five weeks. As the graphs below show, Presidents' margins of victory in the popular vote have usually been decisive. (Democrats are shown in gray, Republicans in black. Asterisks indicate the winners in close races.)

Sources: Vital Statistics on American Politics by Harold Stanley and Richard Niemi, Congressional Quarterly, 1990; Voter News Service.

1. In which years did the presidential races end up in virtual ties?

2. Which President won the White House with only a 2 percent lead in the popular vote? In which year was he inaugurated?

3. Identify the two candidates who lost by 23 percent of the popular vote and the years in which they ran.

4. Which pair of candidates faced each other in successive elections? What was the winner's margin of victory in each election?

5. Identify the third-party candidates who won more than 10 percent of the popular vote and the years in which they ran.
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Publication:New York Times Upfront
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 15, 2001
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