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Lincoln-Douglass

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Apparently there was some confusion in Fox News’ coverage of Hillary Clinton’s proposal that she and Barack Obama compete in some Lincoln-Douglas debates.

I think there’s an underexplored historical counterfactual in which the United States uses a different kind of electoral system — like popular vote with a run-off — that resulted in a Stephen Douglas presidency without any change in the underlying shape of public opinion.