Ronald Reagan

President Muskie
Nominee Ronald Reagan Edmund Muskie
Party Republican Democratic
Home State California Maine
Running Mate Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Office former Governor of California Vice President
Convention City Kansas City, Kansas New York City, NY
Percentage 50.1% 48.0%

The United States presidential election of 1976 was the 48th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 2nd, 1976. The contest was between incumbent Vice President Edmund Muskie and his Republican opponent, former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Reagan, aided by the collapse of South Vietnam and a worsening economy at home marked by high unemployment and inflation, won the election narrowly.

Muskie, after defeating Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, attacked Reagan as a dangerous right-wing radical. For his part, Reagan pledged to uplift the pessimistic mood of the nation, and was successful.

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