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    Former Presidential candidate Ross Perot dies at 89

    He ran for President as a 3rd party candidate in 1992 and 1996, with relatively more success in '92. He never received any electoral votes. Cause of death was not specified, but he died at his Dallas home.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.d217a646afef

    EDIT: His family just announced that he died of Leukemia.
    Last edited by KeithE4; 07-09-2019 at 11:02 AM.
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    News just reported he died of a secondary infection while being treated for leukemia.
    Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithE4 View Post
    He ran for President as a 3rd party candidate in 1992 and 1996, with relatively more success in '92. He never received any electoral votes.
    But he almost certainly pulled enough votes away from the Bush ticket in the close states to swing the '92 election to Clinton. A friend of my father's who'd voted Republican for years switched to Perot and afterward was ruing his choice, although being a New York resident, the Perot votes made no difference in the outcome there.

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    I'm curious to know how on a live broadcast, Dana Carvey played both him and George H.W. Bush in the debate.

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    He earned his money in the IT business where he was a pioneer,
    part of his story that most people have forgotten about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyE1977 View Post
    He earned his money in the IT business where he was a pioneer,
    part of his story that most people have forgotten about.
    It makes you wonder what his position would have been on net neutrality, but even if he had won that wasn't an issue yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    But he almost certainly pulled enough votes away from the Bush ticket in the close states to swing the '92 election to Clinton. A friend of my father's who'd voted Republican for years switched to Perot and afterward was ruing his choice, although being a New York resident, the Perot votes made no difference in the outcome there.
    If he had not wavered on running in '92, he might have pulled as much as 25% of the popular vote. As it was, I believe that he got about 19%. By '96, he was a has-been and even got excluded from the debates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherguy View Post
    It makes you wonder what his position would have been on net neutrality, but even if he had won that wasn't an issue yet.
    Al Gore hadn't invented that part of the internet yet.
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