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Jack August: Historical parallels to the 2016 election

We are in the midst of a presidential election that, by many popular accounts, is described as unprecedented.

Is it?

While asserting that history does not repeat itself, the Think Tank’s favorite historian, Jack August, describes a number of elections in our history that have elements of what we are experiencing in this year’s election cycle.

We discuss the 1968 and 1912 elections, the 20th century elections that have the most obvious parallels.

But the much older election of 1824 has elements that are perhaps more disturbing: The Electoral College result was such that the election was decided by the House of Representatives, who chose a candidate who got LESS than 31 percent of the vote.

That could happen this year. We discuss how and more in this week’s Think Tank.

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