Interesting facts about Nov. 6 presidential elections

November 7, 2018

Date has surfaced 7 times

The United States has held a presidential election on Nov. 6 (today’s date) seven times during its history. Those years include 1860, 1888, 1900, 1928, 1956, 1984 and 2012.

Not this year

Today’s election falls on Nov. 6 but does not include a presidential race as it is a midterm year. Current President Donald Trump is up for re-election again on Nov. 3, 2020.

Reagan a big winner on this date

Ronald Reagan won re-election on Nov. 6, 1984. It was one of the biggest landslides in history, as Democratic challenger Walter Mondale captured victory in only one state, his home state of Minnesota.

Obama broke streak

Republicans won the first six presidential elections held on Nov. 6, but Democrat Barack Obama ended that streak by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in 2012.

Illinois’ favorite son won on Nov. 6

Former Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln ran as a Republican and captured the presidency on Nov. 6, 1860, by defeating John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas in a four-way race.

Sources: uselectionatlas.org, 270towin.com, snopes.com

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