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The United States presidential election of 1992 was the 52nd quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 3, 1992. The Democratic nominee, incumbent President Walter Mondale, and his running mate, Vice President Michael Dukakis, were re-elected to a second term, defeating the Republican nominee, Virginia senator Pat Robertson, and his running mate, Indiana senator Dan Quayle.
As the incumbent president, Mondale secured the Democratic nomination with no serious opposition. The Republican Party was more fractured; Pat Robertson was consistently competitive in the polls, but faced challenges from a number of more conservative contenders whose popularity each fluctuated, often besting Robertson's. Robertson effectively secured the nomination by early May as the economy improved, albeit at a persistently laggard rate. The campaign was marked by a sharp rise in fundraising. The campaigns focused heavily on domestic issues: debate centered largely around sound responses to a depression that began in 1990, in terms of economic recovery and job creation. Other issues included long-term federal budget issues, the future of social insurance programs, and American foreign policy in the post-Cold War world.
Mondale would go on to win a decisive victory over Robertson, winning both the popular vote and the electoral college. The Democratic victory in 1992 was the seventh in a row, since 1968 - and would be the last.
Last Election: 1988
Next Election: 1996