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« on: January 12, 2010, 12:45:12 am »
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1996, open seat following two terms of a President Dukakis.

Pete Wilson of California wins the primary over Bob Dole and Steve Forbes and Phil Gramm.

Zell Miller, one term Governor of Georgia, declines to run for re-election and begins campaign for President. He defeats Howard Dean of Vermont in the primary.

Jim Jeffords runs as an Independent due to the relative conservatism of the candidates and lack of New Englander on either ticket.


Pete Wilson (R-CA)/John Warner (R-VA)
Zell Miller (D-GA)/Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Jim Jeffords (R-VT)/Jim Leach (R-IA)
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 12:58:57 am »
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How well did Dukakis's presidency end up?
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 01:01:05 am »
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How well did Dukakis's presidency end up?

He had a 41% approval rating upon leaving office.

1994-elected House and Senate composition:

House 240 (R) to 198 (D)

Senate 56 (R) to 44 (D)
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 01:10:02 am »
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2010, 07:51:37 am »
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Georgia held gubernatorial election in 1994 not 1996, so Miler did not have to retire
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 09:18:14 pm »
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Georgia held gubernatorial election in 1994 not 1996, so Miler did not have to retire

Um, Miller ran significantly to the right in his 1994 re-election bid. He did not have to do so in this scenario, allowing him to win the Dem primary as a centrist instead of center-right candidate,
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 10:09:17 pm »
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Seems about right. The Republians should win considering Dukakis's poor approval ratings.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2010, 07:20:55 pm »
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Life would suck... A battle between two-faced Pete Wilson and batsh**t crazy Zell Miller. Just peachy...
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2010, 09:48:27 pm »
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Life would suck... A battle between two-faced Pete Wilson and batsh**t crazy Zell Miller. Just peachy...

well, Jeffords is ok.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2010, 03:41:16 am »
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Life would suck... A battle between two-faced Pete Wilson and batsh**t crazy Zell Miller. Just peachy...

well, Jeffords is ok.

Yeah, but we both know third party candidates don't win.
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2010, 11:42:30 am »
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Jim Jeffords runs as an Independent due to the relative conservatism of the candidates and lack of New Englander on either ticket.

Jeffords would not have had an issue with a Wilson/Warner ticket.  I can't see him jumping to a third party off that.

As for having nobody from New England? So what? With that arguement, then Chris Dodd or Judd Gregg would have ran as a third party in 2008 becasue nobody from New England was on the ticket.
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