2000 United States 2008
United States presidential election, 2004
November 2, 2004
George-W-Bush Howard Dean
Nominee 'George W. Bush' Howard Dean
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas New York
Running mate Dick Cheney Hillary Clinton
Electoral vote 523 15
States carried 49 19 + DC
Percentage 61.9% 36.4%

Previous President
George W. Bush

George W. Bush

George W. Bush easily won re-election in 2004 due to immense popularity over the death of Usama Bin Ladin and the triumphs in Afghanistan and the United States being careful with Iraq. After 9/11, national unity was still continuing at record levels, along with President Bush's approval ratings. There were few challengers in the Democratic field who actually felt bold enough to challenge the president, still riding on a wave of popularity from the War on Terror. Howard Dean and John Kerry were the sole opposition, and Dean easily won the primary after Kerry pulled out after 3 weeks. Once Dean secured the nomination he chose New York Senator Hillary Clinton as his running mate, who would later go on to battle Condelisa Rice in the following election.