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What Makes L-o-s-e-r-s Tick

By on 12.26.06 | 5:25PM

The Washington Post attempts to psychoanalyze long-shot presidential candidates. Make no mistake -- it will be a minor miracle if either Democrat Dennis Kucinich or Republican Duncan Hunter do well in a few primaries, much less win the presidential nomination of their respective parties. But do we really need Princeton scholars to explain their candidacies to us?

And I guess it's technically true that neither Jesse Jackson in 1988 nor Pat Buchanan in 1996 came that close to winning on the final delegate count. But they did both come in second in multi-candidate races, which is better than most analysts had predicted.

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