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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Trivia

It has been a long time coming, but the 2008 campaign for President of the United States finally ends today. Here are some interesting facts about this season’s electoral process:

● The 2008 election is the first election since 1928 when neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president ran for the party’s nomination.

● It is the first election since 1952 when neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president was a candidate in the general election.

● The new president will be the first in 184 years to take office after multiple, consecutive two-term presidential administrations. George W. Bush as well as his predecessor Bill Clinton both served two terms. The last time there were a series of consecutive two-term presidencies was 1800-1825. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe were all two-term presidents.

● Whichever candidate wins, he will be the first president born outside the continental U.S. Barak Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and John McCain’s birthplace is Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

For more on elections, browse these books:

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do by Andrew Gelman

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
by Drew Westen

Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics
by Morley Winograd

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction
by Louis Maisel

Don’t Miss …
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Patrick Henry Library
Patrick Henry Library Customer Appreciation Day. Celebrate the new look of the library and participate in activities such as free Starbucks coffee, donuts and juice, a children's treasure hunt, free books and a family puppet show. All ages. No registration is required.

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