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Title:Illinois Government Research no. 43 1976: As Goes Illinois... The State as a Political Microcosm of the Nation
Author(s):Przybylski, James
Subject(s):Illinois government
State government
Abstract:The old saying has it that in presidential elections "as goes Maine, so goes the nation." While this statement may have once been valid, over the last forty years the bellwether nature of the state of Maine has been open to serious challenge. In fact, in the last ten presidential elections Maine has cast its electoral vote for the losing candidate six times. The question of which state most closely follows national patterns in presidential elections is an interesting one, however, especially in this presidential year. If one could find a state in which national presidential returns were closely mirrored over a period of years — and if one had some idea why this state-national parallelism existed — that state's returns would provide not only a clue to the national outcome, but also some reasons for it.
Issue Date:1976-08
Publisher:Institute of Government and Public Affairs. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report:Illinois Government Research, no. 43 (August 1976)
Genre:Working / Discussion Paper
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 1976 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-12-06

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