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How to Lose an Election: A History

(Left to right) Wendell Willkie, Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, Al Gore, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton give their concession speeches.

Presidential campaigns are essentially dramas, and we’re in the final act of this one. The curtain is about to come down.For the past century, the moment of closure has come in the form of one simple act: the public concession. From William Jennings Bryan to Adlai Stevenson to Al Gore to John McCain to Hillary Clinton. Today on the Radio Diaries Podcast, A History of How To Lose An Election.

This story is airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. 

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