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By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

On account that 1984, Newsweek has been well known for its brilliant, in-depth targeted election insurance of the ordeal of working for the presidency. A yr prior to the election, Newsweek assigns journalists to get contained in the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic applicants. Newsweek grants to not submit any info till after the votes are forged, and in trade, the newshounds obtain extraordinary entry. They commute with the applicants, are there at an important turning issues and private conferences, and discover tales now not coated in daily reporting. during this e-book, a compelling narrative through Evan Thomas, Newsweek stocks the interior tales from some of the most fascinating elections in contemporary heritage, illuminating the personalities and occasions that encouraged the end result, and taking inventory of the major avid gamers and key concerns for the hot management. this can be an soaking up learn for a person attracted to American politics.

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Chief White Boy was Penn, who, during the dark days of 1994, had come into the Clinton White House with Dick Morris, the secretive and now shunned former adviser. Penn and Solis Doyle barely spoke. More important, Penn, who was in charge of polling data, shared his findings with Bill Clinton—but often kept them from Solis Doyle and the other advisers (who naturally assumed he was hiding any results that didn’t jibe with his strategy). Penn especially did not get along with Harold Ickes, a top aide from the White House days.

There was an awkward silence. So she held for a bit, then asked for input. Again, silence. “Well, I want to thank you all,” she said. ” Then she hung up. Less than 24 hours before the New Hampshire polls opened on Tuesday, Jan. 8, she was sitting in a strip-mall coffee shop in Manchester, talking to about 16 voters, when someone asked, “My question is very personal: How do you do it? How do you do . . qxd 12/2/08 12:59 PM Page 28 “a long time coming” the right thing to do. I have so many opportunities from this country .

The Clintonites had vastly underestimated the turnout. Penn had originally figured 90,000 Iowans would turn out on a snowy night (the pollster/strategist later boosted the number to 150,000). On the night of Jan. 3, 250,000 came to stand around in crowded gyms and be herded into preference groups for one candidate or another. Some 22 percent were under the age of 25, an unusually high percentage from an age group not known for voting. Hillary won just 5 percent of their votes. An aide approached McAuliffe and said the president wanted to see him.

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