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October surprises: last-minute election game changers

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In 1972, as President Richard Nixon was running for reelection amid the Vietnam War, National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger announced Oct. 26, 'We believe peace is at hand.' The previous day, the North Vietnamese had agreed to terms with the US to end the war, which the South Vietnamese did not accept. The move stole support from Democrat challenger and antiwar candidate George McGovern, and Mr. Nixon won reelection. Here, Nixon (r.) is shown with Mr. Kissinger at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif., on July 31, 1971.


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