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Hunting the wily voter

A presidential campaign is about more than issues. It's about hand-shaking, it's about wooing the undecided, and it's about video moments. Often, it's about making candidates seem just like the voters they're courting, even though they're generally men of wealth, power, and influence. Photojournalists have captured many telling moments in the run to the White House, from the election of Abraham Lincoln and the birth of the two-party system to the ups and downs of the 2004 race. Hundreds of fascinating snapshots are compiled in ''On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860-2004," edited by Douglas E. Schoen (Regan, paperback, $29.95). In color and black and white, these sometimes rare, often iconic images are a visual history of America's electoral process.

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