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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.

Richard Nixon resigning from office
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After losing the presidential election to John F. Kennedy in 1960, Richard Nixon hoped to make a comeback as governor of California in 1962. He had been favored in the polls, but Democratic incumbent Pat Brown still managed to win by 5 percent. Nixon claimed he was going to retire from politics after the loss, but he would finally make his comeback with his successful presidential bid in 1968.

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