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42Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton$
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Michael Nelson, Barbara A. Perry, and Russell L. Riley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454066

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454066.001.0001

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Redividing Government

Redividing Government

National Elections in the Clinton Years and Beyond

(p.25) 1 Redividing Government

Michael Nelson

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Bill Clinton’s election and reelection to the presidency, along with the intervening midterm election in which the opposition Republican Party gained control of Congress. Clinton’s election in 1992 began a quarter-century in which Democrats presidential nominees handily won four of six elections and lost the other two narrowly. Although Clinton enjoyed a Democratic Congress during his first two years as president, in 1994—the first midterm election of his presidency—the Republicans won control of both chambers and maintained it for nearly all of the next twelve years. In 1996, he became not only the first Democratic president in sixty years to be reelected to a second term, but the first in history to be elected with a Republican Congress—which in turn was the first since 1928 to remain in Republican control for more than two years.

Keywords:   Clinton presidency, midterm election, Republican Congress, Democratic Congress

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