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Response to steve2470 (Reply #39)

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 03:30 AM

40. This reminds me of something I saw years ago in a poli sci textbook.

It was a simulation of an election between McGovern and Goldwater. Because both candidates were perceived as extremists, the result was essentially a tie.

I did a quick calculation to test this. I took the average of the Goldwater/Nixon '72 vote and ran it against the average LBJ/McGovern vote. Sure enough, the result was almost a tie: McGovern 49.4, Goldwater 50.6.

But the electoral vote was a different matter. McGovern swamped Goldwater, 318-220. The map looked a lot like the 2000 map except that Goldwater won NM and DE and McGovern won OH, MO, WV, and SD.

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