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|United States presidential election, 1984|
|November 6, 1984|
|Nominee||Bob Dole||Gary Hart|
|Running mate||John Connally||Walter Mondale|
The incumbent Christian Democrat Bob Dole, of Kansas, was challenged by Socialist Gary Hart, Senator of Colorado. The Progressives and Moderates endorsed Hart.
After the input of "Reaganomics" in 1983 (after taking advice from former B-Movie actor Ronald Reagan, who had attempted to run for Governor of California in the 1970s, and had moved to Nevada in 1987 after the founding of the Republic of the Pacific) the Progressive Party and Socialist Party decided to propose a deal to the Moderate Party: Help them try to stifle "Reaganomics" in congress, and the two most moderate Socialists - Walter Mondale and Gary Hart - would be the Socialists' nominees in 1984. The Moderates accepted.
The Vice Presidential candidates were incumbent Christian Democrat John Connally, former Governor of Texas, and Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Connally was and Mondale were seen as more centrist than their running mates.
Despite the Islamic Revolution in Iran starting early in Dole's presidency (1981) which resulted in Americans being killed at the American embassy to Iran, Dole's image (despite initially falling) was able to perservere.
This was the final presidential election including the American regions of New England and the West Coast, before their secessions in 1986.
Bold denotes party nominee
Senator Gary Hart, Colorado
Former Senator Walter Mondale, Minnesota
Senator John Glenn, Ohio
Former Governor Reubin Askew, Florida
Senator Alan Cranston, California
Hart faced only token oppoistion in the Socialist primary, as the Socialist-Progressive-Moderate deal was carried through.
Christian Democratic Party
President Bob Dole, Kansas
Vice President John Connally, Texas
Ben Fernandez, California
After the implementation of "Reaganomics" in 1983, corporations through tons of money at Dole's reelection campaign, especially in key districts and counties.
Throughout the election, Dole won narrow victories, or Hart won landslides. Through it all, Dole's narrow victories overran Hart's landslides, and Dole was able to get four more years.