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Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson won the Presidency in 1912 being only the second Democrat to win the office since the Election of 1856.

Which of the following best explains why Wilson was able to achieve this?


Wilson had gained nationwide popularity as a very effective progressive governor of New Jersey.


Incumbent President William Howard Taft seemed to be disinterested in being president seeming to care more his golf game than being president.


Wilson, being the first candidate to hold a doctorate from a university, was valued for his scholarly approach to reform.


Taft, in just four years, had reversed much of the progressive agenda achieved by his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt.


Theodore Roosevelt’s entrance into the race as a candidate of The Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party, served to divide Republican voters.

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