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During the Presidential election in 1992, there were three major candidates; George H. W. Bush, (Republican) Governor Bill Clinton (Democrat) and Ross Perot. (Independent) President Bush had alienated much of his conservative base by breaking his 1988 campaign pledge against raising taxes, the economy was in a recession and Bush’s perceived greatest strength, foreign policy was regarded as much less important following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the relatively peaceful climate in the Middle East after the defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War. After the successful performance by U.S. and coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, President George H. W. Bush's approval ratings were 89%. His re-election was considered very likely. However, he still managed to lose the election. Clinton having 43% of the votes, Bush had 37% and Perot had 19%. Bush's 37.4% was the lowest percentage total for a sitting president seeking re-
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Unformatted text preview: election since William Howard Taft in 1912 with only 23.2%.Throughout election night, Clinton over performed in rural areas of the country such as in the mountain west, winning Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico. (16 electoral votes) Clinton also won rural voters in the south and mid-west, carrying states such as Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia and Iowa with 57 Electoral votes. Clinton's charisma combined with an impressive campaign staff to achieve victory. Organizational theorists have proposed that his campaign structure adopted an effective blend of informality with clear goal definition, which allowed for structured creativity. The exploitation of key strategic blunders by the Bush campaign, including violating a no new tax promise, also allowed for impressive gains. (Biography William J. Clinton 2008)...
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