Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

This Election Will Be Won in Suburbs Not Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

This Election Will Be Won in Suburbs Not Cities

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A week before voters in New Hampshire went to the polls, NBC News Commentator John Chancellor surveyed the national political landscape of 1992, and he expressed dismay at what he found. His commentary on February 12, which was broadcast from New Hampshire, was about voters, issues, cities and the nation's future. It is reprinted with permission from John Chancellor of NBC News.

Once upon a time in American politics, the farm vote decided elections. Then we all moved to the city and the city vote was what counted. Now, that has changed again.

Which leads us to the key fact about the politics of 1992; this will be the first presidential election in American history that will be won or lost in the suburbs. Not on the farms and not in the cities, but in the suburbs. That's where most voters now live, so that's where the action is this year.

You can see it in the presidential campaigns here in New Hampshire. …

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