The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the 2012 U.S. presidential race in full swing, rhetoric is also heating up. Rhetoric aside (which is always heated in elections -- nothing unusual about that), election years are typically good for stocks. U.S. stocks have historically done well in election years, averaging 10.9% since 1928. Even better, this year we either re-elect a Democrat or elect a Republican, making it a sweet spot for stocks. Since 1928, the S&P 500 has risen 14.5% in election years when a Democrat is re-elected and 18.8% when a Republican takes the reins.
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