The Runner-up Presidency

The Runner-up Presidency

The Elections That Defied America's Popular Will (and How Our Democracy Remains in Danger)

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Combines political and numerical analysis of America's electoral system to examine six contested elections in which the winner of the popular vote lost or came all too close to losing.

An entertaining and important account of presidential elections in which the winner of the popular vote lost or came all too close to losing, focusing on the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the disputed elections of 1876 and 2000, the deadlocks of 1800 and 1824 (when the elections were thrown to the House of Representatives) and the close call during the tumultuous year of 1968. Author and historian Mark Weston explains how electoral votes emerged as a compromise between the free states and slave states at the Constitutional Convention, how they were inspired by an unusual method of counting votes in ancient Rome, and how this system played out in six presidential elections that shake our faith in American democracy. The Runner-Up Presidency combines an in-depth political and numerical analysis of America’s electoral system with rich narratives of our six strangest elections.

Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781493022571
Branch Call Number: 324.973 WESTON
Characteristics: viii, 215 pages : map ; 24 cm


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