The 2008 race for the White House is in full swing, and the
first debate among Democrats running for president will be April 26
at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg. This will be the
opening bell for what promises to be one of the more extraordinary
presidential election campaigns in modern history.
For starters, this will be a rare open-field race because 2008
will be the first presidential election year since 1928 in which
neither the incumbent president nor vice president will be a
candidate during any part of the process. And it is likely that for
the first time several Republican and Democratic candidates will
raise more than $100 million for their respective primary
Competition among Democratic candidates is intensified by
history that suggests it is the Democrats' turn to recapture the
White House. Only once during the past 50 years has a political
party won a third consecutive four-year presidential term. This
happened in 1988 with the election of former President George H.W.
His nomination as the Republican candidate in 1988 also
reflected a Republican Party tendency during its nominating process
to opt for front-runners and people who have run before. Another
example is former Sen. Bob Dole (R) in 1996. But the Republican
Party must attract independent voters it lost during the 2006
election, and the competition has intensified among its...
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