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“A Theory of Critical Elections” V.O. Key Wiki Summary   Summary A basic inquiry into American politics would show that some elections appear to  matter more than others. To be sure, the amount of people, intensity of attitudes,  nature of expected consequences, and impacts all vary. However, periodically a  "critical" election comes along and creates durable new groupings of voters,  revealing a sharp alteration in a pre-existing cleavage in the electorate. Critical election : An election that creates durable new groupings of voters,  revealing a sharp alteration in a 'pre-existing' cleavage in the electorate. Evidence: 1896 and 1928 Key wishes to explain what he means by examining two elections: 1896 and  1928. He argues that 1928 was a realigning election due to the candidacy of Al  Smith. Smith, who was of immigrant stock and Catholic, garnered support from  fellow   Catholics   and   recent   immigrant   groups.   This   set   up   the   Roosevelt 
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