That was and is something Republicans want to believe about the presidential election of 1992, but there is no hard evidence it's true. Analysis of November, 1992 election night exit polls, showed that Perot took votes away from both Bush and Clinton equally. Perot got the most votes in states with few electoral college votes. Perot actually received zero electoral college votes, even though he received almost 19% of the popular votes. That is likely because electoral college votes are usually all given to the top vote getter, and Perot was not the top vote getter in any state. Perot also attracted voters who were tired of the two-party system; those can be both Democrats and Republicans, and such voters may have stayed home, except that Perot was in the race. Some Republicans actually voted for Clinton that year because he appealed to fellow southerners and had an economic message that could appeal to Republicans.
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