Few U.S. Elections Kept Voters Waiting for Results #infographic


Few U.S. Elections Kept Voters Waiting for Results #infographic

In reality, many presidential elections of the past 60 years were even less competitive than the election this year, causing them to be declared on Election Day before midnight East Coast time. For starters, this was the case on the night of the 1972 re-election of Richard Nixon. Only one county, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. was won by Democratic nominee George McGovern, causing the race to be called early and McGovern to concede on the East Coast before midnight. The 1984 re-election of Ronald Reagan was a sweep of equal proportions, with Democratic nominee Walter Mondale just taking over Minnesota and Washington D.C. from his home state.

The latest wait for the U.S. presidential election outcome has now been the second longest since the 1960s, according to details obtained from media sources. Just on one other occasion, as our graphic indicates, did the day after the election pass without a concession speech from the unsuccessful candidate.

There was indeed a concession the day after the notorious presidential election of 2000, to be exact, but one that was later pulled back by Democratic candidate Al Gore. It wasn't until 36 days and a recount later in Florida that, on December 13, Gore conceded for a final time.

Few U.S. Elections Kept Voters Waiting for Results #infographic

infographic by: www.statista.com

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