Realigning Elections

Our party system has been shaped by realigning elections. Also known as key, or critical elections.
Realigning elections prove to be a turning point, redefining the agenda of politics, and the alignment of voters within parties during periods of historic change in the economy and society. Read about Realigning elections online and on pages 185-186 of your textbook and fill in the answers below.

What causes realigning elections to happen?
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We have had at least four major realignments in US history:

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Read this short article in Salon.com and answer: Was 2008 a realigning election?
270 to Win has a great historical map of all US election outcomes

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