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Kevin R.C. Gutzman is the author of several books, including, most recently, Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America (St. Martin’s Press).
The Framers and Ratifiers of the Constitution understood that the Constitution’s provision for elections in which no candidate received a majority of Electoral College votes would sometimes, even usually, come into play.
This year is the bicentennial of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, the foremost formulations of the compact theory of the United States Constitution. By 1798, the Republicans faced an 11-year losing streak.
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