The Power of One

The presidential election of 2008 is singular in many ways: it will be the first race in 80 years without an incumbent President or Vice President on primary ballots. And it could conceivably deliver our first female President. Or African American. Or Latino. Or Mormon. The campaign also marks the debut of the TIME Election Index, an original way of tracking the rise and fall of presidential candidates. The Index--hatched in a conversation between our pollster, Mark Schulman, and our national political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, who wrote the introduction to this week's cover--plots the amount of support that candidates attract against how...

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