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Republic of Superior Presidential Election, 2004
November 2, 2004
Blank person Stan Gruszynski
Nominee Randy Sarick Stan Gruszynski
Party Conservative Liberal Democrat
Home state Marquette Menominee
Running mate Terrance Newman Steve Lindberg
Electoral vote 81 30
States carried 13 2
Popular vote 173,142 138,411
Percentage 47.06% 37.62%
Blank person Joefratesipic
Nominee Cyril Symes Joe Fratesi
Party Socialist National Republican
Home state Chippewa Chippewa
Running mate Mike Prusi Dan Benishek
Electoral vote 28 0
States carried 1 0
Popular vote 44,960 11,406
Percentage 12.22% 3.10%
Presidential election results map. Blue states are those that voted for Sarick. Red states are those that voted for Gruszynski. Orange states are those that voted for Symes.
President before election
Randy Sarick
Elected President
Randy Sarick

The 2004 Presidential Election in the Republic of Superior was the sixth held in its history, with the major opponents being Former Vice-President Stan Gruszynski of Menominee for the Liberal Democratic Party, President Randy Sarick for the Conservative Party, and Former Governor Cyril Symes of Chippewa for the Socialist Party. Former Mayor Joe Fratesi of Sault Ste Marie of the National Republican Party also ran. President Sarick would coast to an easy victory over Gruszynski, though his victory would be less substantial than in 2000, as the issues in Madison had lessened in the minds of the general public.


Liberal Democratic Nomination


Gruszynski in the blue, Lindberg in the yellow, Feingold in pink, McDowell in green, Crochet in orange, and St. Jean in purple

  • Former Vice-President Stan Gruszynski, Menominee
  • Governor Steve Lindberg, Marquette
  • Governor Gary McDowell, Chippewa
  • Former Speaker of the House Jeffrey S. Crochet, Mackinac, 1984 VP Candidate
  • Senator Russ Feingold, Iron
  • Senator Marvin St. Jean, Baraga, 2000 Presidential Candidate

Unlike in 2000, the election this year was seen by the Democratic Party as something they had a chance to win. As a result, several viable candidates ran for the nomination.

Former Vice-President Gruszynski, having decided that enough time had passed since the 2000 election so that the Madison uproar had passed in the minds of the public, was considered the front-runner throughout the primaries, which was proven to be true when he won enough of them over his divided opposition to win a majority of delegates.

At the convention itself in Menominee, a location promised to the former VP in 2001 for his political support, long before he decided to run, Gruszynski was easily given the nomination. The Vice-Presidential nomination, however, was divided between his opponents for the nomination, with only Senators Feingold and St. Jean having no interest, jointly declaring that it would be, for them, "everything or nothing." Eventually, Governor Lindberg of Marquette was handed the nomination on the 7th ballot.

The convention was held from September 25th-27th, 2004, in Menominee.

Presidential Ballot Vice-Presidential Ballot
Stan Gruszynski 347 Steve Lindberg 321
Steve Lindberg 85 Jeffrey S. Crochet 280
Russ Feingold 79 Gary McDowell 25
Gary McDowell 77 David Orazietti 1
Jeffrey S. Crochet 29
Marvin St. Jean 10

Conservative Nomination

  • President Randy Sarick
  • Vice-President Terrance Newman
  • Territorial Commissioner Becky Weber, Kewaunee

Weber ran because she felt the President was too liberal, but failed to gain any delegates, and the President and Vice-President were nominated again unanimously. Shortly afterward the convention, she would switch to the National Republican Party.

The convention was held from August 11th-13th, 2004, in Houghton.

Socialist Nomination


Symes in the blue, Prusi in the yellow, Tompkins in the pink, and Wardlaw in the green

  • Congressman Peter Denley, Chippewa, 2000 VP candidate
  • Senator Mike Prusi, Marquette
  • Former Governor Arlen Tompkins, Delta, 1992 and 1996 VP Candidate, 2000 Presidential candidate
  • Territorial Representative Barbara Wardlaw, Pukaskwa
  • Former Governor Cyril Symes, Chippewa

The Socialist nomination was very much in question from the beginning, with no one candidate being favored in straw polls. However, it became quickly apparent after a month of primaries, that Former Governor Symes of Chippewa would likely have a majority, winning the Chippewa primary by a huge margin and then winning the Mackinaw primary comfortably, among others. Within days, Congressman Denley and Representative Wardlaw dropped out of the race and endorsed Symes, assuring him of the nomination, over Prusi, seen as inexperienced, and Tompkins, seen as past his prime.

At the convention, hosted by Senator Prusi in Marquette, Symes would easily get the nomination. Prusi would eventually get the nomination for the lower slot on the ticket, capitalizing on the well-organized convention.

The convention was held from July 21st-23rd, 2004, in Marquette.

Presidential Ballot Vice-Presidential Ballot
Cyril Symes 346 Mike Prusi 320
Mike Prusi 163 Peter Denley 109
Arlen Tompkins 67 Barbara Wardlaw 97
Barbara Wardlaw 35 Arlen Tompkins 91
Peter Denley 6

National Republican Nomination

  • Former Mayor Joe Fratesi, Sault Ste Marie, 2000 VP Candidate
  • Territorial Commisioner Frank Lasee, Kewaunee
  • Mayor Dan Benishek, Iron River

As with 2000, the National Republicans held a convention where they nominated their candidates, but held no primaries, holding that they were a waste of money. They did, however, ensure that they would be on the ballot in each state this time.

Agramant LeGarde, the 2000 Presidential Candidate, had no interest at all in running, and stayed home, especially since he refused to travel.

The convention was held in the city of Iron River, in which a National Republican, Dan Benishek, had been elected mayor in 2002, the highest office the party had yet managed by 2004. He also ran for the presidency, alongside Joe Fratesi, and a commissioner from Kewaunee Territory, Frank Lasee.

Joe Fratesi, the VP candidate from 2000, was eventually nominated for the Presidency, with the promise that he would campaign more. The Vice-Presidential slot was chosen nearly unanimously to be Mayor Benishek, given that Commissioner Lasee did not come from a voting area of the republic.

The convention was from May 12th-14th, 2004, in Iron River.

Presidential Ballot Vice-Presidential Ballot
Joe Fratesi 244 Dan Benishek 243
Dan Benishek 2 Frank Lasee 3

Campaign, and the Election

Despite the passing of four years, it was obvious throughout the campaign that the other parties had not forgotten the Madison debacle, and they used it like a bludgeon against Gruszynski. It was obvious to all that he should have waited until 2008, for while he did far better than St. Jean in 2000, he still lost by a wide margin. All four candidates or the VP candidates for the first time attended the debates, held in Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and Mackinaw.

Perhaps the biggest issue of the election, however, was not the intervention. It was actually the question on relations with the Canadian government, and indeed, the outside world, since 2001, when contact was finally restored. More specifically, the anger and claims of the Canadian government with regards to the northern shores of Lakes Huron and Superior. The Republicans held that they had abandoned it, so it was theirs. The National Republicans were angered by the claims and took an extreme stance. The Liberal Democrats and Socialists both preached moderation, which helped their causes none. In the end, the results spoke for themselves: the majority of citizens agreed with the Republicans.

Otherwise, there was a slight recession in the Republic, as, following the renewal of contact in 2001, imported products, made easier elsewhere, began to appear in markets, hurting some local manufacturers slightly. The Conservatives wanted some sort of tariff system installed, the Democrats wanted to let it ride out, the National Republicans wanted to lower taxes, and the Socialists wanted to raise taxes and then use the funds to help those put out of place by the recession. A minor tariff system - half a percent on goods imported from outside of North America - would be instituted by the Conservative-dominated Congress in 2005, far less than the two percent they had originally planned, in the name of compromise. The funds would then be used to subsidize the troubled manufacturers, and add to the defense budget.

The results were not good for the other parties: the Conservatives won both the popular and electoral votes, and the Socialist numbers dropped. The National Republican numbers tripled, not surprising since they ran nationally this time. But, the Liberal Democrats rebounded slightly, regaining some of the popular vote and placing ahead of the Socialists in the electoral vote again. The voter turnout increased as well, meaning the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives both saw their overall number increase in size as well. Out of an estimated total voting population of 488,082, 75.38%, or 367,919 people, voted, in an eight percent rebound over 2000.

Presidential Candidate Political Party Home State Popular Vote Count % Electoral Vote Count Running Mate Home State
Randy SarickConservativeMarquette173,14247.06%81Terrance NewmanKeweenaw
Stan GruszynskiLiberal DemocratMenominee138,41137.62%30Steve LindbergMarquette
Cyril SymesSocialistChippewa44,96012.22%28Mike PrusiMarquette
Joe FratesiNational RepublicanChippewa11,4063.10%0Dan BenishekIron