There are no second acts in American public life – but there are reruns. This year, whether they like it or dislike it, American voters will have to choose between current president Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in November.
It would be a first for over 100 years, that both major political parties would nominate candidates who have actual experience. It is likely that this will have a major impact on how each party conducts its campaign.
Grover Cleveland (D), the 1888 winner of the presidential election, ran against William Henry Harrison in 1892.
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Cleveland’s unpopular attempt to reduce tariffs to protect U.S. Manufacturing in 1888 hampered him. Despite winning the popular vote, the tariff issue caused him to lose several important manufacturing states–including Illinois (by 3 points), Indiana (by less than 1 point), New York (by 1 point), and Ohio (by 2 points)–and cost him the vote in the Electoral College.
However, in 1892 the tariff issue did not work.