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The Final Days of the General Election Campaign, October 22–November 7

Edmund F. Kallina

in Kennedy v. Nixon

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034850
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034850.003.0009
The Final Days of the General Election Campaign, October 22–November 7

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The story of the final phase of the general election campaign on the Democratic side was one of overconfidence and miscalculation, offset by enough fortuitous events to allow the Democratic nominee to hold on and win by an immensely small margin. The Kennedy decline and the Nixon ascension occurred for three basic reasons. First, the Nixon campaign planned for a final big push. In contrast, campaign manager Robert F. Kennedy professed not to believe in peaks and valleys in a presidential race and embraced an approach of running as hard as possible for the entirety of the campaign from late August until election day. On the Democratic side, there was no provision for an intensified effort in late October and early November.

Keywords: Democratic nominee; election campaign; President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Republican campaign; media coverage

Chapter.  8795 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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