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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 03:06 AM

38. McGovern had a path to 270, certainly,

but it would have required threading the electoral needle in a way no Democrat had before. With the Wallace '68 vote going to Nixon almost by default, the South was gone. McGovern would have had to go to the North and the West to win. Only FDR and LBJ had done well enough in those regions to win even without the South, although both had won states there.

McGovern's greatest strength was along the Canadian border and on the West Coast. Had he been able to strongly compete in these areas, he could have gotten to 270. I'm not sure the Democratic establishment was prepared for such a strategy, though. The focus then and for many years afterward was on winning back the South, as demonstrated by Carter and Clinton.

If DU had been around in 1972, I'd agree that most DUers would have voted for McGovern. However, Nixon won about a third of the Democratic vote, so I wouldn't be surprised if there had been at least a few closet Nixon supporters (gasp).

The last Republican candidate I would have considered voting for was Eisenhower and, even then, it would have been a tough vote to cast.

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