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1988 Lesbians & Gays for Jessie Jackson Official Presidential Campaign Pin

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Year: 1988
Decade: 1980s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

1988 Lesbians & Gays for Jessie Jackson Official Presidential Campaign Pin.

The 1988 Presidential Campaign of Jesse Jackson was his second campaign for President of the United States. This time, his successes in the past made him a more credible candidate and he was both better financed and better organized. Although most people did not seem to believe he had a serious chance at winning, Jackson once again exceeded expectations as he more than doubled his previous results, prompting R. W. Apple, Jr. of The New York Times to call 1988 “The Year of Jackson.”

Jackson captured 6.9 million votes and won 11 contests: seven primaries (Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Virginia) and four caucuses (Delaware, Michigan, South Carolina and Vermont). He declared that he wanted to create a “Rainbow Coalition” of various minority groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Middle Eastern Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, family farmers, the poor and working class, and LGBT people, as well as white progressives.