In my opinion, the 5 most important elections in US history are as follows:
1796: Our first competitive election after Pres Washington retired from power. It was the election that created the two party system, i.e. the current Democrats and the Whigs that became the modern GOP;
1860: The election that put Abraham Lincoln in power and saw the nation break into two;
1876: The election that really ended the Civil War and condemned US blacks to second class status in the South;
1932: The election that put FDR in the White House; and,
1980: The election that put Reagan in power.
I can safely say that 2012 is one of the most important elections ever. It will be huge because there is a real choice.
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