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I think that Joe Biden might have set three records in this presidential election:
- He won more votes than any presidential candidate in history.
- He won fewer counties (16.7%) than any presidential candidate in history.
- He did fewer campaign events, and spoke in front of fewer people, than any presidential candidate in history.
I’m pretty sure the first one is right. And that’s quite an accomplishment.
I read the second one online, and I’m unsure if it’s correct. It wasn’t sourced, so I’m not sure. But Walter Mondale lost 49 states (and won his home state by a margin of only 0.18%) – did he win more than 16.7% of the counties? I’m not sure. Can anybody out there enlighten me on this?
But still, Mr. Biden winning a record high number of votes is made even more remarkable by him winning only 16.7% of the counties. That really is amazing.
I don’t know if they keep stats on #3 – the campaign appearances. But it was incredible how rarely Mr. Biden was seen out and about. COVID complicates this, of course – there are reasons he limited his public events. But still, he really didn’t do much. Donald Trump flew all over the country and spoke to huge crowds. Joe Biden just stayed out of the public eye. And won.
I wonder if this extraordinary election will change how presidential campaigns are run in the future?
Will there be less emphasis on public appearances, figuring that maybe they don’t help as much as was previously thought?
Will more and more campaign resources be used in fewer and fewer counties?
I wonder what Democrats and Republicans will learn from this election, and how this will change their approaches in future elections?Published in