Ten Takeaways from the 2012 Election

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Nov. 9 2012 7:03 AM

Lessons From the 2012 Election

What we learned about politics from the Obama-Romney race.

Every election has its teaching moments. These are the things that can fit on the back of a 3-by-5 index card, the lessons that tomorrow’s pundits will commit to memory and trot out with all the confidence of physicists reciting scientific fact. What were the takeaways from the 2012 presidential race? Presented below, in handy note card form, are our best  suggestions.

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Holly Allen is a Slate Web designer.

William J. Dobson is Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor and the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.

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