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2726  General Discussion / History / Re:What constitutes a landslide victory? on: November 06, 2003, 04:52:40 pm
I generally believe that the media misuses the word "landslide".  In presidential politics, the term is most often used to refer to an "Electoral Vote" landslide - such as Ronald Reagan in 1984 or Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 ("as goes Maine, so goes Vermont").  I personally set the bar for an Electoral Vote landslide to be 9:1 (> 90% of the EVs going to one candidate).  Of course, such a result is always concurrent with a much closer result in the popular vote (Reagan won the popular vote in 1984 with 59% to 41%, but won the electoral vote 98% to 2%).   I would classify the popular vote as a solid win, but the electoral vote as a landslide.

On the other hand, Clinton's victory in 1992, winning the popular vote 43% to 37% to 19% was a modest win and the electoral vote win of 69% to 31% as a solid win (or even a supermajority), but not a landslide.

Dave
2727  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Mississippi 2003 on: November 05, 2003, 07:33:40 pm
Mississippi results have been posted in the Gubernatorial section (county data and map are included!).
2728  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Kentucky 2003 on: November 04, 2003, 10:47:37 pm
Kentucky results have been posted in the Gubernatorial section (county data and map are included!).
2729  About this Site / The Atlas / Re:Lost Members on: November 04, 2003, 03:56:26 pm
I actually sent those two members an email informing them of the new forum structure.  JustJoe replied saying that the "problem posters" had turned him off in the old forum, but that he would check out the new setup.  Haven't heard back from brandon20.

Dave
2730  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re:Election process if no one gets a majority in the Elec College? on: November 04, 2003, 10:42:19 am
Actually, NorthernDog, the Vice President is chosen by the Senate, not the House - see U.S. Constitution Amendment XII

In 1824, the VP was not decided by the Senate, as John Calhoun received 182 Electoral Votes vs. 78 Electoral Votes for all other VP candidates.

The Senate, however, did choose the VP in 1836 when the democratic electoral votes for Vice President were split between Richard Johnson (147) and William Smith (23) (with 124 Electoral Votes for other Vice Presidential candidates).  Johnson won the Senate vote.

I'm actually not clear on whether the Senate actually voted for Burr in 1800, as the rules under Article II, Section 1 were in effect at the time state: In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. - which would have been Burr, without a Senate vote.

Dave
2731  Election Archive / 2004 U.S. Presidential Election / Page Width! on: October 28, 2003, 06:08:28 pm
I'm curious to know how wide your web browsers are when you visit the site.  I have kept the layout rather narrow to accomodate the 640 x 480 monitor resolution.  However, a wider format provides more information in a cleaner table layout.  Feedback Welcome.

Dave
2732  Election Archive / 2004 U.S. Presidential Election / 2004 Democratic Primary on: October 28, 2003, 03:43:21 pm
With the caucuses and primaries about to kick off in a little over two months, whom do you support for the Democratic party's Presidential Nomination and why?  In many states, independents and even Republicans may vote in the democratic primaries.  (sorry, only eight options are available in this poll)

Dave
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