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Obama Becomes the 6th President in History to be Elected Twice with 51% or More of the Vote

President Obama is certain to do something that no president has done since Eisenhower. He is about to become the sixth president in history to be elected twice with 51% or more of the popular vote. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Obama’s margin has grown steadily. From just over 2 percentage points, it now stands at nearly 4. Rather than worry about the Bush-Kerry precedent, White House aides now brag that Obama seems all but certain to achieve a mark hit by only five others in U.S. history – winning the presidency twice with 51% or more of the popular vote.” Currently, Obama sits at 50.97% of the popular vote, and Romney at 47.29% Since it is standard practice for totals to be rounded, Obama is already considered to have gotten 51% of the vote. With votes still left to be counted in New York and Hawaii, it is a virtual certainty that Obama’s straight percentage total of the popular vote will cross 51%. Barack Obama will join a group of presidents that includes Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, FDR, and Dwight Eisenhower. To say that Obama is the most popular Democratic president, at least in terms of Election Day results, since FDR is no longer an understatement. (continued)


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