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After deciding to run for president in 1992, Governor Mario Cuomo of New York narrowly defeated Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas in the Democratic primary. Following this, Cuomo selected Clinton to be his running mate. The two went on to defeat incumbent President George H. W. Bush. They were re-elected in 1996, defeating Bob Dole and Jack Kemp. In 2000, Vice President Clinton and his running mate, Governor Howard Dean of Vermont, successfully defeated George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. They narrowly won re-election in 2004, defeating John McCain and George Pataki. Toward the end of his second and final term, Clinton's approval rating slipped. This led to a major Republican victory in the 2006 mid-terms. In 2008, Vice President Dean was the party's nominee and chose popular Senator Barack Obama of Illinois in hopes of boosting his chances. However he lost to Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida and Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri. In 2012, the Democratic party nominated Former Governor Charlie Christ of Florida and Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland hoping Christ's Republican gone Democrat record would win over voters. They also hoped that by doing this, they could win over Florida. However Bush's popularity shined through as he won re-election by an astounding landslide. In 2016, Vice President Blunt is currently running and is the party's front-runner with his biggest challenger being Governor John Kasich of Ohio. On the Democratic side, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, the son of Mario is the front runner with his main challenger being Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.