Presidential Election Outcomes From American History

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Presidential election outcomes can be determined by a plethora of factors which include the candidate’s own charisma and appeal, his rhetorics, his background (for instance, if he is related to a past president), the strength of his campaign, or his actual message. Though a president’s rhetorics and campaigning are crucial to a presidential election, in the end, as James Carville stated in Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential Campaign with his slogan “It’s the economy, stupid,” the economy is and always will be the biggest and deciding factor. In this essay, I will compare and contrast presidential election outcomes from American history, as well as touch upon the current outcome with present-day President Barack Obama and future predictions for the election of 2016. I will also present counterarguments it always “being the economy,” and show why the economy does indeed trump all in the end. Within the essay, I will explore the dimensions of economic performance and how they affect and impact presidential elections. As any economist or political scientist will point out, social, individual, and societal factors are important, but none of any of those factors has been more significant in helping or hurting a presidential candidate than has the United States (and US affected by global) economy. For all potential factors that could affect a presidential election outcome, we take in voter behaviors. Voters could have their own affiliations or preferences in relation to the
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