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10 big political upsets

Published On: Oct 24 2011 10:46:05 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 05:34:22 AM PDT

The polls and the pundits are already telling Americans what to expect this Election Day, but what happens when they're wrong? Here are 10 of the most surprising political upsets in U.S. history.

Jimmy Carter
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Fadi Arouri/Reuters

Former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter was thought to have little chance of beating incumbent Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election. But the nation's anti-Watergate sentiment and his Washington outsider status helped sweep him into office.


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