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10 Most Successful US Presidential Election Campaigns in History

Right now every body is talking about the upcoming elections in the United States. And the question that the entire nation or rather the entire world is thinking who will be the president of the United states. The elections will be held on 6th  November 2012.

Will the 2012 presidential election be considered one of the most significant presidential elections in US history? It is impossible to judge the importance of any presidential election until time has passed. However, the  previous election was a  truly an historic one with the selectionof the first African-American president by a major political party. Will the 2012 be just as memorable  as the last one. Well we will have ot wait and find out. Here is a list of successful previous campaigns of US Presidents.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama, the senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency in Springfield Illinnois on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the democratic for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket. On November 4, 2008, Obama won the election, making him the first African American President of the United states. His  slogan was ‘ Yes we can ‘

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s ‘s 1992 campaign for president was a critical turning point for the Democratic party, which had controlled the White House for only four of the previous twenty-four years. Initially viewed as an unlikely prospect to win his party’s nomination, Clinton did so and went on to defeat incumbent President George H W Bush, who had been viewed as politically invincible just a year earlier. His slogan was ‘Its the economy stupid”

Ronald Reagan

The United States presidential election of 1980 featured a contest between incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter and his Republican opponent, Ronald Reagan, as well as Republican Congressman John B Anderson, who ran as an independent. Reagan, won the election in a landslide, receiving the highest number of electoral votes ever won by a nonincumbent presidential candidate, and became the 40th President of the United States.

Lyndon Johnson

The United States presidential election of 1964 was held on November 3, 1964. Incumbent president Lyndon Johnsonhad come to office less than a year earlier following the assassination of, John .F.Kennedy. Johnson, who had successfully associated himself with Kennedy’s popularity, won 61.1% of the popular vote, the highest won by a candidate since 1820. His Slogan was “The stakes are too high for you to stay at home”.

Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge was vice-president under Warren G Harding and became president in 1923 when Harding died in office. His candidacy was aided by a split within the Democratic party. The regular Democratic candidate was John W Davis, a little-known former congressman from West Virginia. This was the first presidential election in which all American Indians were recognized as citizens and allowed to vote. His slgan was “Keep cool with Coolidge”.

Abraham Lincoln

The United States presidential election of 1860 was a quadrennial election, held on November 6, 1860 and the immediate impetus for the outbreak of the American civil war. The nation had been divided throughout the 1850’s on questions surrounding the expansion of slavery and the rights of slave owners. In the face of a divided and dispirited opposition, the republican party, dominant in the North, secured enough electoral votes to put  Abraham Lincoln in the white house.

Woodrow Wilson

The United States presidential election of 1916 took place while Europe was embroiled in World War I. Most American voters wanted to avoid involvement in the war, and preferred to continue a policy of neutrality. The campaign pitted incumbent President Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic candidate, against supreme court Justice, the Republican candidate. After a hard-fought contest, Wilson defeated Hughes by a narrow margin. Wilson was helped by his campaign slogan “He kept us out of war”.

Harry Truman

The United States presidential election of 1948 is considered by most as the greatest election upset in American history. Virtually every prediction (with or without public opinion polls) indicated that incumbent president Harry Truman would be defeated by Republican Thomas. Truman won, overcoming a three-way split in his own party.  His slogan was’Give ’em Hell, Harry!

James Polk

Democratic nominee James K. Polk ran on a platform that embraced American territorial expansionism, an idea soon to be referred to as manifest destiny. Polk went on to win a narrow victory over Whig candidate Henry Clay, in part because Clay had taken a stand against expansion, although economic issues were also of great importance.His slogan was “54,40 or fight’

Richard Nixon

The Richard Nixon presidential campaign of 1968 began when the former vice president Nixon runs for president office. In the general election, Nixon emphasized law and order” and hoped to position himself as the champion of the silent majority. He attempted to place less emphasis on the controversial Vietnam War by claiming he had a “secret plan” to end it. Nixon won in a close election on November 5, 1968. His slogan was’ Nixon is the one’

Author – Anam Ameen
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