Reprinted with permission from Creators.
When people learn that I have spent the past 50 years either working in or covering the past 13 presidential campaigns, I’m often asked my opinion of what was the best-run national campaign.
My answer — the losing 1976 Republican presidential campaign of President Gerald Ford — surprises some people.
Consider the facts: On Labor Day 1976, eight weeks before Election Day, Democrat Jimmy Carter led Ford in recognized national polls by 32 percent. Because 81.56 million voters ended up turning out for the election, that means Ford trailed Carter by some 26.1 million votes.…