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« Reply #400 on: August 14, 2012, 01:56:01 pm »
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« Reply #401 on: August 14, 2012, 02:59:51 pm »
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Governor Mark Warner (R-VA)/Speaker of the State House of Representatives Marco Rubio (R-FL)-84 EV, 50.5% of the popular vote.
Vice President Rick Perry (S-TX)/Senator Jim DeMint (S-SC)-76 EV, 45.5% of the popular vote.
Mrs. Kat Swift (P-TX)/Mr. Alvin Greene (P-SC)-2.9% of the popular vote.
Mr. Don Black (NA-AL)/Mr. Louis Beam (NA-TX)-1.0% of the popular vote.
Other (Justice, Christian, Prohibition)-0.1% of the popular vote.

The Huckabee administration would grow unpopular during the 2008 economic crash when President Huckabee spent more time battling the state of Virginia (which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2009) instead of focusing on the economy. Furthermore, the nearly ten year insurgency in Mexico was spilling over into Texas, further alienating the Confederate people who were growing tired of the war.

The Reform Party nominated Virginia Governor Mark Warner, and Florida’s State House Speaker, Marco Rubio, at their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Sovereignty Party nominated Vice President Perry and Senator Jim DeMint at their convention in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Populist Party, in a continuously declining state, nominated Activists instead of politicians, causing most of the last few Populist members of Congress to endorse Mark Warner. The National Alliance nominated Don Black, and Louis Beam, white supremacist activists.

The general election was the most expensive in Confederate history. Both sides bombarded each other with TV ads, billboards, and negative websites. The election would be extremely close, but in the end, it was Mark Warner who came out as the winner, after Vice President Perry’s pitiful performance in the debates.
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1. Jefferson Davis (D-MS)/Alexander H. Stephens (D-GA) February 18th, 1861-March 4th, 1867
2. John H. Reagan (D-TX)/Alexander H. Stephens (D-GA) March 4th, 1867-March 4th, 1873
3. Judah Benjamin (N-VA)/Stephen Mallory (N-FL) March 4th, 1873-March 4th, 1879
4. James Longstreet (N-LA)/James Seddon (N-VA) March 4th, 1879-March 4th, 1885
5. Robert E. Whithers (N-VA)/Charles W. Jones (N-FL) March 4th, 1885-March 4th, 1891

6. William L. Wilson (S-VA)/James L. Pugh (S-AL) March 4th, 1891-March 4th, 1897
7. John W. Daniel (S-VA)/John S. Henderson (S-NC) March 4th, 1897-March 4th, 1903

8. Thomas Watson (N-GA)/Albert Goodwin (N-AL) March 4th, 1903-March 4th, 1909
9. Samuel D. McEnery (N-LA)/Thomas S. Martin (N-VA) March 4th, 1909-March 4th, 1915

10. Woodrow Wilson (P-VA)/William H. Milton (P-FL) March 4th, 1915-1921
11. Carter Glass (S-VA)/John Nance Garner (S-TX) March 4th, 1921-March 4th, 1927
12. John Nance Garner (S-TX)/Park Trammell (S-FL) March 4th, 1927-1933
13. Jesse Jones (S-TX)/Harry Byrd (S-VA) March 4th, 1933-March 4th, 1939

14. Huey Long (P-LA)/Claude Pepper (P-FL) March 4th, 1939-March 4th, 1945
15. Claude Pepper (P-FL)/William Cooper (P-TN) March 4th, 1945-March 4th, 1951

16. Richard Russell (S-GA)/Strom Thurmond (S-SC) March 4th, 1951-March 4th, 1957
17. William Faulkner (P-MS)/Tom Clark (P-TX) March 4th, 1957-March 4th, 1963
18. Russell Long (P-LA)/Terry Sanford (P-NC) March 4th, 1963-March 4th, 1969
19. Lyndon Johnson (P-TX)/Robert Byrd (P-NC) March 4th, 1969-June 7th, 1973
20. Robert Byrd (P-NC)/VACANT June 7th, 1973-March 4th, 1975

21. George Wallace (S-AL)/John Connally (S-TX) March 4th, 1975-March 4th, 1981
22. John Connally (S-TX)/Jesse Helms (S-NC) March 4th, 1981-March 4th, 1987
23. Jesse Helms (S-NC)/John Warner (S-VA) March 4th, 1987-March 4th, 1993

24. John Warner (I-VA)/Ross Perot (I-TX) March 4th, 1993-March 4th, 1999
25. Ross Perot (I-TX)/Lamar Alexander (I-TE) March 4th, 1999-March 4th 2005

26. Mike Huckabee (S-AR)/Rick Perry (S-TX): March 4th 2005-March 4th 2011
27. Mark Warner (R-VA)/Marco Rubio (R-FL): March 4th 2011-

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« Reply #403 on: August 22, 2012, 08:25:13 pm »
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1980

President James Carter (D-GA)/Senator Frank Church (D-ID)-277 EV, 42.2% of the popular vote.
Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA)/Congressman Phil Crane (R-IL)-261 EV, 42.1% of the popular vote.
Congressman John Anderson (I-IL)/Senator Lowell Weicker (I-CT)-15.7% of the popular vote.
Other (Libertarian, American, Communist)-1.5% of the popular vote.

President Carter was a drowning man at the start of 1980. However, his fortunes grew as the Republican Party divided itself amongst its moderates and conservatives. After a bitter primary battle, Reagan’s main rival, George Bush, endorsed independent candidate John Anderson. In the meantime, Carter was able to rescue the American hostages in Iran in a daring rescue mission, and the economy slowly began to improve. Carter won an extremely close reelection, with less than 10,000 votes deciding Pennsylvania, and thus, the election.
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« Reply #404 on: August 22, 2012, 08:39:23 pm »
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CIA Director George Bush (R-TX)/ Governor Lamar Alexander (R-TN)- 293 Electoral Votes 50.67%
Senator "Ted" Kennedy (D-MA)/ Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA)- 47.94%
Others-1.39%
 
President Carter's second term was about the same as his first. The economy was still rocky in the following 4 years. The Republican Primary Ultimately consisted of George Bush on an "I told you so" mission against those who voted against him 4 years earlier in the Republican Primary. His main opponents were Harold Stassen, Bob Dole, and Phil Crane. None managed to gain much traction and Bush won all but 2 states. On the Democrats side Ted Kennedy, Jerry Brown, and Walter Mondale fought for votes. But ultimately, Kennedy won narrowly thanks to votes from the Northeast.

As the General Election approached George Bush chose Governor Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as his Vice Presidential Nominee while Ted Kennedy chose Jerry Brown. A realignment appeared likely by September as Kennedy/Brown lacked enough popularity to hold the competitive swing states in the south. At the debates Bush continually hammered the 2 Democrats on the economy while they returned shots reminding America of Watergate and the continual troubles which plagued the nation in Nixon's and Ford's time. Polling showed a close race up until Election Day. Kennedy had slightly been over polled and Bush won America's mind over and brought back the GOP to the White House. The closest state, as in the last election was Pennsylvania. Only this time there was 17,000 votes between candidates.
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I'm making the next one now, 1988.
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« Reply #406 on: August 23, 2012, 10:21:52 am »
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President George H.W Bush's first term in office was fairly successful. President Bush was able to engage the Soviet Union on arms talks --and scored very highly on foreign policy amongst American voters. Domestic policy experts repeatedly claimed that the President was not paying enough attention to issues at home and his critics repeated these claims. The economy began to slow down in 1988, which scared many people and propelled Texas Billionaire Ross Perot to run for President as the Reform Party Candidate.

In 1988 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis won the Democratic nomination after a relatively short but dirty primary battle. He selects Delaware Senator Joe Biden for his Vice President --although Biden had recently apologize for incorrectly attributing parts of a major speech during the primary.

Perot and Dukakis hit the President on economic fears when the President responded that the economy had slown down but it would soon pick back up.



Governor Michael S Dukakis/Senator Joseph R. Biden - 272 Electoral Votes, 40.1%
President George H.W Bush/Vice President Lamar Alexander - 266 Electoral Votes - 40.5%
Businessman Ross Perot/Admiral James Stockdale - 19.4% Popular Vote

Governor Dukakis barely wins the election but loses the popular vote to George H.W Bush. Exit polls showed that if the election had been Dukakis-Bush, Bush would have won 56-44.

Pennsylvania and Delaware were deciding states in this election, both won narrowly by Dukakis.

George H.W Bush was immediately speculated to challenge Dukakis in 1992 as he left office with a 50+% approval rating.

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Perot beats Dukakis in Texas
Perot says he would be "open to running as a Republican" even though he detests the two party system.
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« Reply #407 on: August 23, 2012, 02:34:08 pm »
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Why would Bush pick Harold Stassen in 1984? The man has not held office since 1943!
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« Reply #408 on: August 23, 2012, 02:47:20 pm »
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Why would Bush pick Harold Stassen in 1984? The man has not held office since 1943!
Fixing it. Didn't research enough on Stassen to realize he'd been gone from office so long.
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« Reply #409 on: August 24, 2012, 06:37:16 pm »
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Senator Robert Dole (R-KS)/Governor Carroll Campbell (R-SC)-291 EV, 54.5% of the popular vote.
President Michael Dukakis (D-MA)/Vice President Joseph Biden (D-DE)-247 EV, 45.2% of the popular vote.
Other (Libertarian, Taxpayers, Green)-0.3% of the popular vote.
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« Reply #410 on: August 24, 2012, 07:00:15 pm »
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President Robert Dole (R-KS)/Vice President Carroll Campbell (R-SC) - 272 electoral votes, 49.9% of the popular vote
Governor William J. Clinton (D-AR)/Senator Albert Gore Jr. (D-TN) - 266 electoral votes, 49.8% of the popular vote

Having barely eked out a win over President Dukakis due to concerns over the economy, President Dole's tenure could best be described as "safe". He was a well-liked, conservative President who rarely championed any massive policy overhauls, unlike his controversial predecessor's push for National Health Care. As such, his approval ratings remained moderately high. Dole was expecting an easy re-election campaign against the gaffe-prone Biden, but that plan changed when Biden was upset in the primary by the charismatic Governor from Arkansas, who doubled down on southern appeal with Senator Gore, and tried to portray Dole and Campbell as Washington insiders. It was one of the tightest races in US history, eventually decided by a 1,200 vote margin in New Hampshire, as President Dole successfully used Vice President Campbell to shore up his support in the deep south, holding Governor Clinton's gains to his home state of Arkansas.

Despite the closeness of the loss, Governor Clinton's concession speech was upbeat and optimistic, with many speculating that despite a narrow win by the incumbent, Clinton's time in the spotlight was far from done.
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« Reply #411 on: August 24, 2012, 07:19:47 pm »
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Ray, wouldn't TN be Democratic and not AR?
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« Reply #412 on: August 24, 2012, 07:28:32 pm »
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Ray, wouldn't TN be Democratic and not AR?

VP picks usually have far less impact on the state than Presidential nominees. I'm assuming Clinton's home turf would vote for him no matter what, as he was very popular there. Meanwhile, Gore's presence on the ticket would make Tenn much closer than it would have been, but Dole as an incumbent President with a popular southern Veep would put it just out of reach.
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Citing concerns for the economy, former President George H.W Bush announces his intention to run for President again. Vice President Carroll Campbell also announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination. The former President's age and record on the economy would be a main issue in the heavyweight slug out --with the former President returning jabs saying that Campbell was "too conservative" for the nation and criticizing his lack of leadership as Vice President.

The race was a dead heat until the eve of the Texas and Ohio primary where President Dole endorsed his Vice President saying "George H.W had his chance and it didn't work out. Give Carroll that same chance..." Carroll Campbell would then go on to win Texas and Ohio by a slim margin and thus the Republican nomination. Campbell would choose Governor George W. Bush of Texas as his running mate, the son of his defeated primary foe.

On the Democratic side, the Democrats were eager to put back up their fallen star William Jefferson Clinton, former governor of Arkansas but he declined to run. North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Georgia Governor Zel Miller and California Senator Barbara Boxer were the main contenders in the race. Ultimately Governor Jim Hunt would become the nominee picking Maine Senator George Mitchell as his running mate.

After the mediocre, but popular, Dole Presidency Jim Hunt called upon Americans to try something new, and said "America is in a rut." Hunt made the campaign about competing visions --and Americans saw it as just that.



Vice President Carroll Campbell / Governor George W. Bush - 90 Electoral Votes, 42% popular vote
Governor Jim Hunt / Senator George Mitchell - 448 Electoral Votes - 59% popular vote

In fact, Americans saw Campbell as the most conservative candidate in recent history and denied him the presidency.
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The newly-elected President Hunt sought Medicare reform as the first goal of his presidency. Following his inauguration, the President worked with the Democratic Senate to pass, what many considered to be, the chief accomplishment of his presidency. Disagreements among party-lines led to more political gridlock than was expected, however. By the time the legislation was passed in late 2001, the President had essentially used up all of his political capital.

The beginning of the twenty-first century also introduced the threat of terrorism to the United States. While the government was able to stop a deadly plot against the World Trade Towers, Pentagon, and Capitol Building on September 11th, it was unable to prevent a deadly anthrax attack in Bethesda, Maryland that killed rougly 400 Americans in February 2002. A terrorist organization known as al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks. The attack prompted President Hunt to declare war on al-Qaeda and subsequently invade Afghanistan, a nation known for harobring the terrorist organziation.

The 2004 Democratic primaries saw President Hunt run unopposed. The Republicans, claiming that the Democrats had not done enough to prevent terrorist attacks, had several candidates throw their hats into the ring. Eventually, former Missouri Senator John Danforth clinched the nomination and selected Virginia Senator George Allen as his running mate. In November, Hunt decisively won re-election.


President Jim Hunt (D-NC) / Vice President George Mitchell: 305 EVs
Former Senator John Danforth (R-MO) / Senator George Allen (R-VA): 233 EVs
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President Hunt's second term was smoother than the first, without any major terrorist attacks to make him look incapable of protecting the country. However, the war in Afghanistan dragged on, with no end in sight, and Americans were beginning to lose patience. President Hunt had always charted a middle path between the hawks and the doves when it came to the war on terror, but it was becoming clear that would not be the case for long.

On the Democratic side, Vice President Mitchell, an experienced statesman, decided to run despite his age. He proved himself to have plenty of energy on the campaign trail, but wasn't able to harness much excitement for continuing the administration's course. Freshman Senator Barack Obama, elected on Hunt's coattails four years earlier, waged an energetic, youth-driven campaign appealing to disaffected liberals, and after upset wins in Iowa and South Carolina, was able to trounce the aging Mitchell on Super Tuesday. He chose longtime Massachusetts Senator and war hero John Kerry as his running mate, balancing the ticket effectively.

On the Republican side, former VP nominee George Allen was the favorite, but his campaign unraveled when he used a racially-charged slur against a journalist. With the conservative right united behind Allen, it left an opening for a moderate voice, which turned out to be Arizona Senator John McCain, who promised to bring the war in Afghanistan to a swift end with total victory. McCain, while an older candidate, was helped by the presence in the race of Vice President Mitchell, who was several years older. After securing the nomination, McCain chose popular Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as his running mate, shoring up his moderate appeal.

In the general election, Senator Obama had the momentum early, but during the debates, McCain pointed out the irony on Obama running on a platform of change, when it was his party that had been running things for eight years. In the end, the public voted for a tougher hand in the war on terror, and McCain/Huntsman eked out a narrow victory.



Senator John McCain (R-AZ)/Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) - 290 electoral votes, 50.3% of the popular vote.
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)/Senator John Kerry (D-MA) - 248 electoral votes, 49.1% of the popular vote
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NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! McKinley can NOT go down! Also, on a lesser note, Teddy was the Governor of NY at the time, no the VP.
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« Reply #417 on: October 05, 2012, 06:55:26 pm »
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« Reply #418 on: October 05, 2012, 08:20:59 pm »
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I'm just wondering how Cleveland of all people was able to get parts of the West. Aside from Bryan (and later WIlson, building off of Bryan), the West was default Republican and would've stayed that way had Dems and Reps not definitely switched on currency issues in 1896. I think that in a Cleveland vs. McKinley race, McKinley would be looked on much more favorably than Cleveland in the West. But that's my two cents. Thinking about doing 1904.
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« Reply #419 on: October 05, 2012, 09:59:29 pm »
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I honestly am going off of my very limited knowledge of the eras politics. I will switch it Wink
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« Reply #420 on: October 07, 2012, 01:09:35 pm »
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I have a much better, and very new idea for a collaborative list Wink This one has never been done before. I'll delete my last post and get started.
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In 1968, the two party system, and indeed, the electoral system of the United States as a whole would be changed forever. The third party campaign of George Wallace swept through the southern states, and took votes away from both candidates in many northern states. The election was the first since 1824 to result in a deadlocked electoral college. In the House of Representatives, several Southern Democrat's swung to Wallace, and Nixon was eventually elected. In his inaugural speech, Nixon promised that elections would "never again" be decided in "such a confusing manner." In 1970, Congress, and 35 states passed the 26th Amendment.

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Section One: If no candidate gains the required amount of Electoral College support to win the Presidency, a second election shall be conducted amongst the top two candidates no later than December 31st of that year.

Section Two: If in the second round of Presidential voting, an electoral majority is not reached, the Congress will be convened, and carry out its constitutional duty of electing the President and Vice President of the United States.

1972

President Richard Nixon (R-CA)/Vice President Spiro Agnew (R-MD)-229 EV, 41.0% of the popular vote.
Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D-MN)/Senator Henry Jackson (D-WA)-260 EV, 40.9% of the popular vote.
Governor George Wallace (AIP-AL)/Congressman John Schmitz (AIP-CA)-36 EV, 11.4% of the popular vote.
Senator George McGovern (PF-SD)/Mr. Benjamin Spock (PF-CA)-13 EV, 5.5% of the popular vote.
Mrs. Linda Jenness (SWP-GA)/Mr. Andrew Pulley (SWP-IL)-0.9% of the popular vote.
Mr. John Hospers (L-CA)/Mrs. Toni Nathan (L-OR)-0.2% of the popular vote.
Other (Communist, Prohibition, Conservative)-0.1% of the popular vote.

The chaotic 1972 Democratic Convention saw the “Stop McGovern” movement unite around former Vice President and Senator Hubert Humphrey after the first ballot. Upon losing the nomination on the second ballot, McGovern supporters stormed out of the hall, and those who remained heckled Humphrey during his acceptance speech. McGovern later was nominated by the Peace and Freedom Party, and promised to expand the party from California to the other 49 states, which he did successfully.

Nixon fended off minor challenges and won the Republican nomination handily. George Wallace, a candidate who reluctantly released his delegates to Humphrey to stop McGovern, also jumped into the fray as the nominee of the American Independence Party.

As polling showed, President Nixon and former Vice President Humphrey would go into the runoff election, scheduled for December 5th. Governor Wallace reluctantly endorsed Nixon, while McGovern endorsed Humphrey. Supporters of Linda Jenness were urged to boycott the election, as a protest against what they saw as "incomplete electoral reform." On election day, Nixon and Humphrey supporters went to the polls, with most polls showing Nixon in the lead.


President Richard Nixon (R-CA)/Vice President Spiro Agnew (R-MD)-277 EV, 50.9% of the popular vote.
Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D-MN)/Senator Henry Jackson (D-WA)-261 EV, 49.1% of the popular vote.

The Nixon campaign used McGovern’s support for Humphrey against him, as well as taking advantage of Wallace's support in the south. The Nixon campaign won the state of Missouri, and thus the election, by tagging Humphrey as McGovern, despite the Humphrey campaign having hawkish Senator Jackson on the ticket.

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Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon left the Right in an utter disarray. Democrats and the growing Peace and Freedom Party made large gains in the 1974 mid-terms and as President Ford seemed to be displaying weak leadership, all three opposition parties geared up to oppose the President. With newer Southern Republicans defecting into the American Independent party, Ford was able to cruise to re-nomination against Ronald Reagan in the Republican primary but faced a tough general election, as he faced Democrat Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, Peace-and-Freedom nominee Eugene McCarthy, and Conservative James L. Buckley (The New York Conservative Party and the American Independent Party merged in 1975 and later nominated a Buckley/Helms ticket to united the two factions).

Senator Henry M. Jackson (D-WA)/Governor James E. Carter (D-GA) 250 electoral votes, 38% of the popular vote
Senator James L. Buckley (C-NY)/Senator Jesse Helms (C-NC) 138 electoral votes, 29% of the popular vote
President Gerald R. Ford (R-MI)/Senator Robert S. Dole (R-KS) 112 electoral votes, 23% of the popular vote
Former Senator Eugene McCarthy (PF-MN)/Congressman Paul N. McCloskey (PF-CA) 38 electoral votes, 9% of the popular vote

In the runoff, both the Right and Left were badly divided. However, for obvious reasons, the Democrats went in with the advantage against the Conservatives. With President Ford and Senator McCarthy both refusing to endorse candidates, animosity between growing wings of the country was growing. In order for each party to expand their base, Jackson began a Western tour where he spoke in states ranging from California to Idaho, in order to nail down Democrats and Peace-Freedomers that supported his stances on government spending and infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Buckley hit New England and the North-East, his home-region in order to attract Republicans, Conservatives, as well as socially conservative Catholics, the type of people who had elected him to the Senate. As well, both campaigns poured large amounts of money into the Rust Belt, hoping to attract swing voters that leaned Democrat but weren't solidly in either camp. The election would yield interesting results...

Senator Henry M. Jackson (D-WA)/Former Governor James E. Carter (D-GA) 299 electoral votes, 51.3% of the popular vote
Senator James L. Buckley (C-NY)/Senator Jesse Helms (C-NC) 239 electoral votes, 48.7% of the popular vote
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1980

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)/Vice President James Carter (D-GA)-243 EV, 34.4% of the popular vote.
Former Governor Ronald Reagan (C-CA)/Congressman Jack Kemp (C-NY)-159 EV, 33.5% of the popular vote.
Senator Robert Dole (R-KS)/Former CIA Director George Bush (R-TX)-133 EV, 25.6% of the popular vote.
Mr. Ed Clark (L-CA)/State Legislator Richard Randolph (L-AK)-3 EV, 3.5% of the popular vote.
Mr. Abbie Hoffman (PF-PA)/Mr. Jerry Rubin (PF-CA)-1.5% of the popular vote.
Mayor Ed Koch (I-NY)/Former Congresswoman Louise Hicks (I-MA)-1.2% of the popular vote.
Former Congressman John Scmitz (P-CA)/Former Congressman John Rarick (P-LA)-0.2% of the popular vote.
Other (Socialist Workers, Prohibition, Communist)-0.1% of the popular vote.

The Jackson Presidency was one of the most controversial and divisive times since the final days of the Nixon administration. In late 1977, a worldwide economic crash led to a recession, followed by severe energy shortages in 1978, and a violent revolution in Iran that almost lead to US forces intervening in 1979. By early 1980, Jacksons reelection chances were failing, as was his health. Not surprisingly, he declined to seek reelection.

The 1980 Democratic Primaries were an intense battle between Vice President Carter and Senator Ted Kennedy. At the DNC, Kennedy won narrowly on the first ballot. To prevent the party from splitting, he asked Carter to stay on as Vice President, which Carter accepted. Despite the Democratic Party nearly fracturing, many centrist Democrats were unsatisfied. New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a moderate Democrat, announced an Independent bid, and asked former Massachusetts Congresswoman Louise Day Hicks as his running mate.

The Conservative Party nominated Ronald Reagan overwhelmingly, along with his preferred running mate, Congressman Jack Kemp. The Conservatives hoped to win the Presidency for the first time, which they lost narrowly in 1976. The Conservatives, like the Democrats, had some fracturing however. Reagan’s only opponent for the Conservative nomination, John Schmitz, formed the Patriot Party, and asked Louisiana Congressman John Rarick to be be his running mate.

The Republican primaries saw Senator Bob Dole easily beat several minor opponents, namely Congressman John Anderson and Senator Lowell Wicker, both of whom later endorsed the Dole/Bush ticket.

The Libertarian Party nominated Ed Clark and Dick Randolph, and had the financial backing of David Koch, which allowed them to win the state of Alaska and perform in the double digits in many western states.

The Peace and Freedom Party had planned on nominating Edward Kennedy, but his victory at the DNC denied them the opportunity. The party nominated infamous hippy activists Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin at their convention.

The general election was a three way battle between Democrats, Conservatives, and Republicans for the first round. In the end, the Conservatives were able to hold the South, and used a strategy of targeting key Republican states in the west that kept them using resources in states with lesser amounts of electoral votes.

The first round was a repeat of 1976-Conservatives and Democrats came out on top. The following month would produce one of the nastiest campaigns for the White House in history. Reagan was able to tie Senator Kennedy to President Jackson. Kennedy also failed to appeal to most Republicans, who saw him as farther left than Reagan was right. While Ed Koch and Abbie Hoffman reluctantly endorsed Kennedy, the Libertarian and Patriot Parties actively supported Reagan. The Republican Party refused to endorse in the second round, but most of its supporters flocked to Reagan. 1980 would be the closest election since 1960…


Former Governor Ronald Reagan (C-CA)/Congressman Jack Kemp (C-NY)-273 EV, 51.1% of the popular vote.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)/Vice President James Carter (D-GA)-265 EV, 49.9% of the popular vote.
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