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A prior commenter asked: . . . Which states did Carter win.... Posted by: Karl from Chicago | 04/20/2012 at 03:54 PM Not many, Karl! Minnesota, West Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. That's it! Reagan won everything else.
Another interesting polling fact about the 1980 election (Reagan v. Carter) is that although the predominance of the polls taken during the last few weeks of that year showed Reagan slightly ahead, there were a few highly respected polls that actually showed Carter ahead in the week or two of the race! The most embarrassing one was a poll taken by Gallup. In their last second poll, take October 24 - 27 of 1980, the Gallup Pre-Election Poll suggested this result: Carter 44% Reagan 41% Oooooops! A mere few days later in the actual election, Ronald Reagan decisively beat Jimmy Carter by nearly 10 points -- 51.7% to 41.0%, with third party candidate, John Anderson scoring a paltry 6.6%.
In the article, you erroneously stated the following: "In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter was leading Ronald Reagan by 38 points to 32 points with John Anderson on 22. In November 1980, Reagan won by three points." The actual results of the popular vote were as follows: Reagan -- 50.7%; Carter -- 41.0%; and John Anderson, 6.6%, with the small remainder falling to inconsequential candidates. In other words, Ronald Reagan beat Carter by nearly ten points in the popular vote, and he garnered 489 electoral votes to a mere 49 for the incumbent, Jimmy Carter. That election was seen as a landslide, including the Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate.
Regarding the suggestion above by Goomp, and subsequent comments on the topic by others, please recall that during the Gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey just this past fall, an "independent" named Chris Daggett was in the race, who turned out to be nothing but a stalking horse for the unpopular Governor, Jon Corzine. Several patently bogus polls came out showing Daggett gaining "increasing" strength -- one even suggesting that he had broken through the 20% mark! But a day or so before the election, a story by Matt Friedman on "Politickernj" revealed that the Democratic State Committee was caught red-handed making robo-calls to Republican households in a heavily Republican county, urging voters to vote for Daggett. It later turned out the calls were made to Republican households throughout the State. And the Democrat State Party Chairman lied to Friedman. The ultimate source was an unnamed DSC staffer who admitted to Friedman that it was true. Only that ONE news-gathering organization did a written story, and AP did no follow-up, which would have appeared in papers statewide. But the story was instead quickly circulated by blogs, and heavily mentioned on talk radio. Christie won by nearly 4%, while Daggett got less than 6% of the vote. Just watch the Democrats in MA try to "manipulate" the vote! They will do it in a heartbeat.
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Sissy, I like the idea . . . previously expressed elsewhere by others, of giving "$9.12" contributions (or multiples thereof) to his campaign. There are two basic reasons. First, it is catchy because it is an issue that may make or break his campaign. There is not a lot of time, so "catchy" is good. The ill-conceived return by the Obama Administration to the pre - 9/11 mentality of heavy reliance on law enforcement to deal with terrorism, is frightening. This is a reminder that says we are now post 9/11 and we cannot go back to embrace the foolishness of the '90s. Independents, and at least some Democrats who are deeply concerned with that pre - 9/11 approach, are supporting Scott. Scott has come out four-square against it, while Martha is babbling in banal blather. She simply has no position, or at least none that she is willing to articulate. Secondly, $9.12 is a modest enough donation that it maximizes the potential for attracting a very large number of donors, from all over the country. And, there is nothing to stop someone from making such a donation in multiples of the amount, depending of course on their ability to do so. Meanwhile, keep up the good work, Sissy!
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Watch closely . . . I think it hit the teleprompter, and that's why it didn't make it to the plate.
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