Can Romney Get a Majority?

Trends in American Values: 1987–2012: Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
June 4, 2012, 164 pp., available at www.people-press.org

During the past century, how many Republican challengers have unseated Democratic presidents? Hint: there have been six such bids. Answer: only one, when Ronald Reagan turned out Jimmy Carter in 1980. This year, the GOP will be trying again. To do so, it will have to muster a majority for Romney and Ryan; in the electoral college, of course, but also among the voters, if it wants a victory viewed as legitimate.

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