I read an interesting fact recently. The last time the Republicans won an election without either Richard Nixon or a Bush as president or vice president was 1928, when Herbert Hoover beat Alfred Smith. (Hoover lost to FDR in 1932.) Here is a list of presidential tickets.
Of the 50 states plus The District of Columbia, only two states split their electoral votes: Nebraska and Maine. All other states are winner-take all. Nebraska this year awarded one vote to Obama and four to McCain. This is the first year in 44 years that Nebraska has awarded an electoral vote to a Democrat. It is also the first year Nebraska’s votes were actually split. Electoral Votes per State are here.
President-Elect Obama will be facing difficult odds in 2012. The last time that voters re-elected three consecutive presidents to a second term was all the way back in 1820, when James Monroe was elected to a second term after two terms for Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
John McCain had the odds against him in this election. The last time a President left office and was succeeded by a member of his own party was when Ronald Reagan was succeeded by George H. W. Bush. Before that, we go all the way back to the 1928 election, when Herbert Hoover succeeded Calvin Coolidge.
There is some concern out there about the possibility that Sarah Palin may become the next President due to unfortunate circumstances. So how often has that happened?
There have actually been 14 Vice Presidents who became President. In five cases, the Vice President was elected after the President’s term ended. (Interestingly, prior to 1988 when George H.W. Bush was elected, the last time this occured was in 1836.) In four cases, the President was assassinated, in another four cases, the President died of natural causes, and in one case the President resigned.
In addition, there had been some discussion about the possibility of Sarah Palin resigning from the Republican ticket for President. That has only happened once in modern times. The one case of a Vice Presidential candidate dropping out of the race was in 1972, when Thomas Eagleton withdrew as the Democratic nominee with George McGovern, replaced by Sargent Shriver. Eagleton’s resignation from the ticket was related to questions about his mental health. Of course, McGovern lost the election to Richard Nixon.
For interesting lists about Presidents and the U.S. Government, visit the iWeblists US Government pages.
|#||Vice Pres.||Method of Succession||Prior President||Year|
|1||John Adams||Elected||George Washington||1789|
|2||Thomas Jefferson||Elected||John Adams||1797|
|3||Martin Van Buren||Elected||Andrew Jackson||1836|
|4||John Tyler||Death||William Henry Harrison||1841|
|5||Millard Fillmore||Death||Zachary Taylor||1850|
|6||Andrew Johnson||Assassination||Abraham Lincoln||1865|
|7||Chester Arthur||Assassination||James Garfield||1881|
|8||Theodore Roosevelt||Assassination||William McKinley||1901|
|9||Calvin Coolidge||Death||Warren Harding||1923|
|10||Harry Truman||Death||Franklin Roosevelt||1945|
|11||Lyndon Johnson||Assassination||John F. Kennedy||1963|
|12||Richard Nixon||Elected||Served under Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961)||1968|
|13||Gerald Ford||Resignation||Richard Nixon||1974|
|14||George H.W. Bush||Elected||Ronald Reagan||1988|