How this election relates to other close elections in the past

The 2020 presidential election appears like a tight race but there were other presidential...
The 2020 presidential election appears like a tight race but there were other presidential elections that were just as tight.(CNN)
Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 6:41 PM EST
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(WHSV) — As we wait for the results of the presidential election, let’s compare similar elections in the past to this one.

It may seem like this race is tighter than any in the past as Election Day has turned into Election Week, but that’s not the case. Retired Bridgewater college history and political science professor Dr. David McQuilkin says few races in recent memory have ended up similar to what we are seeing with the 2020 presidential election.

McQuilkin said that this race for the White House is very similar to the setup of the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and current president Donald Trump.

If you remember, it took most of the night to declare a winner.

“The 2016 election was not too dissimilar to what we are seeing here. It went very late into the night... it was very, very, very close,” said McQuilkin.

McQuilkin says this year is taking longer due to the large pool of mail-in ballots there are to count. McQuilkin said there was a closer race he can recall, which was the 1960 presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

“Certainly we didn’t have as many alternatives for voting, but I can remember sitting up well late into the night and it not yet been called and I think it was sometime very, very early the next morning that they did,” said McQulkin.

When asked about how long this election would have taken to decide a winner if the country used the more traditional voting methods from previous elections, McQuilkin said this would have likely run late into the election night as well.

McQuilkin also added that in the future we may continue to see very tight races like this one with the country very bi-partisan at the moment.

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