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   Here's Why Obama Could Make A Legitimate Run For President In 2016 If He Loses In November

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7/23/2012 4:25 pm

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Entered 7/26/2012, Updated 7/26/2012

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American politics isn’t kind to presidential election losers. But comebacks and reruns do happen from time to time. Andrew Jackson lost to John Quincy Adams in 1824, but came back to win two terms in 1828 and 1832. William Jennings Bryan grabbed the Democratic nomination three times, losing to Republicans on each occasion. Thomas Dewey was the GOP nominee in 1944 and 1948, losing in November both times, while Adlai Stevenson ran twice against Dwight Eisenhower, losing in 1952 and 1956. Richard Nixon lost to JFK in 1960, but grabbed the Republican nomination again in 1968, going on to win two terms. But being a losing candidate is one thing. Second chances for defeated incumbents are quite another. Gerald Ford thought about a bid in 1980 after losing to Jimmy Carter in 1976, but passed. And there was talk of a Gore-Bush rematch in 2004. The only example of a losing incumbent eventually returning to the Oval Office is Grover Cleveland who won in 1884, lost in 1888, but won again 1892.


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