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|United States presidential election, 1976|
|November 2, 1976|
|Nominee||Ted Kennedy||John Connally|
|Running mate||Jimmy Carter||Ronald Reagan|
|Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Connally/Baker (20), Blue denotes those won by Kennedy/Bumpers (30+D.C.)|
President before election
The United States presidential election of 1976 was the 49th quadrennial United States presidential election. It was held on November 2, 1976. It pitted Vice President John Connally, the Republican candidate, against Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate. Connally was saddled with a slow economy but benefited from the recent end of the Vietnam War. Kennedy ran as a strong idealist, proposing wide-ranging domestic reforms.
In the end, Kennedy was elected president by a very narrow margin, managing to carry enough Eastern and Southern States to provide an electoral majority.