PERRY/Election results in context

It was not a good year for Democrats in Mississippi, but nationally, Obama’s 65.4 million votes for President is the new record. His raw vote achievement is followed by George W. Bush’s 62 million votes and John Kerry’s 59 million votes both in 2004; John McCain’s 57.4 million votes this year, and Ronald Reagan’s 54.4 million votes in 1984.

In terms of actual electoral votes, Obama falls behind Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt (four times), Dwight Eisenhower (twice), Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan (twice) whose 1984 campaign holds the electoral record at 525.

These election results remind us the 2008 election was the most important and historic election, since the last one and until the next one.

Brian Perry
Neshoba Democrat