2004 Election: How Bush Pulled It Off

Armed with critical victories in Ohio and Florida, the President got more votes than he did in 2000, with moral values trumping the economy as a prime issue

HOW CLOSE WAS IT?

The red states remain rock solid for Bush, giving the President an average victory margin of almost 20 points. Kerry’s wins tend to be closer

POPULAR VOTE

Kerry 48%

Bush 51%

Nader, others: 1%

ELECTORAL VOTE

Kerry 252

Bush 274

Undecided: 12

WISCONSIN Kerry squeezed out a narrow victory with support from young and first-time voters. A majority felt the country is safer from terrorism and approved of the war in Iraq, but also said the war is going badly First-time voters: Kerry 58% Bush 41%

OHIO Even though 55% of Ohio voters said the job situation...

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