1996 Flag of the United States 2004
United States Presidential Election 1996
November 7, 2000
Turnout 96,277,634
130px 135px Ventura 2000
Nominee Dick Cheney Joe Biden Jesse Ventura
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Home state Wyoming Delaware Minnesota
Running mate John Ashcroft Dick Durbin Ron Paul
Electoral vote 291 225 22
States carried 30 16 + DC 4
Percentage 45.34% 29.06% 25.00%
2000 election
Red-Cheney, Blue-Biden, Cyan-Ventura
Due to the Reform Party still being organized and unable to mount a strong campaign for Jesse Ventura (their nominee), and Joe Biden's poor campaigning skills, Dick Cheney of Wyoming managed to win the election in a close race. The Republicans gained several seats in the election, granting them a plurality which let them implement large amounts of their policies.

Republican Primary

Cheney, who had risen to prominence through political activism against Perot's libertarian and isolationist foreign policy, was a major candidate from the beginning, although he possessed competition. Former Republican Minority leader Newt Gingrich, former ambassador from Maryland Alan Keyes, and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan all challenged Cheney for the nomination, but he had the broadest support and managed to win throughout.

Democratic Nomination

The Democrats were in disarray during this election. Many were speculated to run, but few did. In the end, the only major challenger to Biden was Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.

Reform Party Nomination==

Jesse Ventura and Donald Trump were the only major candidates for the Reform Party Nomination. Surprisingly, Vice President Pat Choate decided not to run for president. Ron Paul, the Secretary of the Treasury, had considered running but decided against it and endorsed Ventura. Ralph Nader of Connecticut tried to steer the party to the left but failed. Nader would then win the Green Party Nomination.