Election Facts

November 18, 2008

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.

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United States Presidents

August 21, 2008

With the upcoming election, I thought it would be interesting to look at some facts about past presidents.

Some people think John F. Kennedy was the youngest President to take office. In fact, it was Theodore Roosevelt, at 42. JFK was second, at 43. Clinton was the third youngest, at 46, but was followed very closely by Ulysses S. Grant, also 46. If Barak Obama is elected, he will be 47. He would be slightly younger than Grover Cleveland was, also 47, making Obama potentially the fifth youngest.

As for oldest Presidents, if John McCain is elected, he will be the oldest to take office, celebrating his 72nd birthday on August 29th. Most people know that Ronald Reagan was the oldest, starting his first term at 69. William Henry Harrison, the second oldest at 68, served just one month, and died of natural causes. The seventh president, he was the first to die in office. Third oldest was James Buchanan, at 65.

The first and second single-term presidents were father and son: John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

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