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Posted by: Kim Vo | Posted on: November 7th, 2016 | 0 Comments

1. NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The 2016 presidential election is between Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Donald Trump (R-NY), the first time that the nominees of the 2 major US political parties have come from the same home state since 1944 (i.e., 72 years ago), when Franklin Roosevelt (D-NY) faced off against Thomas Dewey (R-NY). Roosevelt won the 1944 election, garnering his 4th term in the White House, a feat that cannot be replicated after the ratification of the 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1951 which limits presidents to a maximum of 2 terms in office (source: PresidentElect.org).

2. LOST AT HOME – If Al Gore (D-TN) had won his home state of Tennessee in the 2000 presidential election (George Bush beat Gore in Tennessee by 80,229 votes out of 2.08 million votes that were cast in the Volunteer State), Gore would not only have won the popular vote in the 2000 election nationally, he would have become the 43rd President of the United States (source: BTN Research).

3. A TIE? – There are 538 electoral votes at stake in tomorrow’s election. It will take 270 electoral votes to win the Presidency. There has been a tie in the Electoral College voting only one time in the nation’s history. In 1800, both Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr each received 73 electoral votes (source: PresidentElect.org).

4. HOW ABOUT THIS TIME? – Just 46% of eligible “Millennials” voted in the November 2012 election, compared with 69% of “Baby Boomers” that cast a vote. “Millennials” were adults aged 15-31 in 2012, i.e., individuals born from 1981-1997. “Baby Boomers” are defined as adults born from 1946-1964 (source: AP).

5. DOWN AT THE STATE LEVEL – In 23 states, Republicans control the governor’s office and the state legislature. In 7 states, Democrats control the governor’s office and the state legislature (source: National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association).

6. HOW THEY VOTED – In the last 6 presidential elections (i.e., 1992-2012), 18 states have gone for the Democratic candidate each time, 13 states have gone for the Republican candidate each time, and the remaining 19 states have gone “blue” some years and “red” in other years (source: BTN Research).

7. BUCKEYE BRAINS – The state of Ohio has correctly backed the winner of the US presidential election in the last 13 races, i.e., 1964-2012. The presidents selected by our nation over that entire 48-year period resulted in Republicans winning 7 times and Democrats winning 6 times (source: PresidentElect.org).

8. APATHY – In the 2012 US presidential election, just 57.5% of eligible voters cast a vote (down from 62.3% in 2008), equal to 126 million voters. Thus, the 42.5% of eligible American voters that did not cast a vote for president in 2012 represents 93 million non-voters (source: Bipartisan Policy Commission).

9. NO MAS – Mitt Romney (R-UT) won just 27% of the Latino vote in the 2012 general election race vs. Barack Obama (D-IL) (source: USA Today).

10. SHE DIDN’T SING – Then First Lady Hillary Clinton won a Grammy in 1997 for “Best Spoken Word Album” for the audio version of her book “It Takes a Village” (source: HillaryClinton.com).

11. HAIL MARY – Donald Trump bought the New Jersey Generals, a USFL (United States Football League) franchise in 1982, sold the team before their first season (1983) then bought them back before the 1984 season. Trump signed Doug Flutie, Heisman Trophy winner out of Boston College for the 1985 season (source: BTN Research).

12. WATERGATE – At age 26 in 1974, Hillary Clinton worked on the Watergate impeachment inquiry staff, 1 of only 3 women on the 43-lawyer team. President Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974 (source: BTN Research)

13. TIME FOR A CHANGE? – Barack Obama is the 6th president since 1900 to be elected and serve exactly 2 full terms in office. In the previous 5 elections following a 2-term president, Americans voted the incumbent party out-of-office 4 times. Only Republican Ronald Reagan’s 8-years in office were followed by 4 years with another Republican president (source: BTN Research).

14. 60-VOTE SENATE – If either political party was to achieve 60 votes in the 100-member Senate that party would be able to stop a filibuster by the minority party, or end floor debate and bring any proposed legislation to a vote. The last time when either party had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate resulted from the 1976 elections when the Democrats achieved a 61-vote majority (source: Senate).

15. SECOND CHOICE, BUT THE WINNER – George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential race but did not win the popular vote, the first time that happened since 1888 or 112 years earlier (source: PresidentElect.org).

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