John McCain will go down in history as having been at the top of the Republican ticket during one of the worst drubbings in American history. He lost the popular vote, the Electoral College in a landslide, and the GOP lost dozens of seats in the House and Senate.
The senator from Arizona fell victim to a variety of factors. Some were determined by his own choices, such as picking Sarah Palin and suspending his campaign during the financial crisis. Other obstacles to his election would have existed for any candidate his party nominated – namely an incredibly unpopular Republican president waging two unpopular wars as the world’s economy teetered on the edge of complete collapse.
Compared to John McCain, Mitt Romney, however, seemed to have every advantage.
All of the big name Republicans who could have beat him sat out the primary. The economy was still lagging, offering what many thought would be an election that would simply be a referendum on the president. And Citizens United guaranteed that more than a billion dollars — much of it anonymous, from corporate donors – would be spent to defeat Obama. Still Romney’s campaign has been unable to gather any momentum. He’s never led in an average of the polls.
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