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October surprises: last-minute election game changers

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A reporter for a Maine television station broke a story, in the last days of the campaign, that presidential candidate George W. Bush, in 1976, had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Bush campaign called the scoop a 'sucker punch' but maintained the candidate had been transparent about his previous problem with drinking. He won the election. Here, Mr. Bush listens to a question at a press conference in Saluda, S.C., on Feb. 14, 2000.

PHOTO: Andy Nelson/Staff/File

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