|‹ 1972 1980 ›|
|United States presidential election, 1976|
|November 2, 1976|
|Nominee||Edmund Muskie||George Romney|
|Running mate||Henry Jackson||Pete McCloskey|
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.