A personal predilection and sport, pursued for years, statistically, presented with the evidence past elections have supplied. On the promise that fluctuations are no more mysterious than business fluctuations, and using as principle the old adage, ""As Maine goes, so goes the nation"", Bean shows how the of one state can be translated into a pattern for the nation. He traces the of Republican and Democratic tides; the rise and decline of the New Deal in the forces; the pulling power of the presidential coattails; the strength of out at the polls- and more important, the economic cycle; the power of third parties (rarely making a dent per so); which states are significant in the national pattern; other affective issues- war, religious bias, etc; the electoral vote versus the vote; predicting elections and polling techniques; and finally the coming election ( plays safe) with the two comments from which the reader can do his own surmising. The Republicans have lost power since 1946; a full employment era will prevail. Interest-catching, in an election year.