The 13 Keys to the White House
The Keys are statements that favor victory (in the popular vote count) for the incumbent party. When five or fewer statements are false, the incumbent party is predicted to win the popular vote; when six or more are false, the challenging party is predicted to win the popular vote.
After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than after the previous midterm elections.
There is no serious contest for the incumbent party nomination.
The incumbent party candidate is the sitting president.
There is no significant third party or independent campaign.
Short term economy:
The economy is not in recession during the election campaign.
Long term economy:
Real per capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms.
The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy.
There is no sustained social unrest during the term.
The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal.
The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs.
The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs.
The incumbent party candidate is charismatic or a national hero.
The challenging party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero.
Mr. Lichtman has proven correct in numerous elections and is a proven expert. The 227 pages give follow up election histories to sharpen skills of civics and political science students.
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