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Why 2012 Probably Won’t See 1980-Level Results

I would love to see a presidential election result this year that reminds us of 1980, but there are some pretty big differences between the America that elected Ronald Reagan to the Oval Office and the one we live in today. I take a look at three of the most significant factors on the home page today: changing demographics, the intense sense of crisis that pervaded the national mood then, and a series of dramatic events pushing the electorate Reagan’s way in the final week.


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