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United States Presidential Election, 1976 (Dewey Defeats Truman)

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1972 Flag of the United States 1980
United States presidential election, 1976
November 2, 1976
Turnout 53.5%
Edmund S. Muskie George W. Romney official portrait
Nominee Edmund Muskie George Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Maine Michigan
Running mate Henry Jackson Pete McCloskey
Electoral vote 297 240
States carried 23+DC 27
Percentage 50.1% 48.0%

The United States presidential election of 1976 was the 48th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1976. Incumbent Edmund Muskie, the Democratic nominee, defeated former Vice President George Romney, the Republican nominee.

Although Romney did much better than his predecessor, Nelson Rockefeller in 1972, he still lost to Muskie, in large part because of support for the anticommunist Vietnam War, as well as a strong economy at home.

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