Politics: One Election Won

What would be the impact of the Cuban crisis on the 1962 elections?

Analysts were forced to apply standard political maxims to a situation in which precedents may not apply. All that was certain was that a powerful new factor, unsettling and emotional, would affect the U.S. voter—in ways that even he may not comprehend until he enters the voting booth on Nov. 6.

President Kennedy announced that he and Vice President Lyndon Johnson had canceled their remaining campaign trips, later ordered his entire Cabinet to do the same. The immediate assumption was that this would hurt the Democrats for whom...

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