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|United States presidential election, 1992|
|November 3, 1992|
|Nominee||Tom Harkin||Al Gore||Jack Kemp|
|Home state||Iowa||Tennessee||New York|
|Running mate||Bill Clinton||Dick Gephardt||Lamar Alexander|
Jack Kemp was almost impeached, had many members of his cabinet resign (including his Vice President, Alexander Haig), and created an international scandal when he authorized a full-scale military invasion of the Republic of the Pacific, one of the United States' two new breakaway republics. Many international leaders decried the invasion, and it boosted the Socialists and Progressives in the polls. It was the first time in years that the Progressives put forth their own candidate, as they usually just endorsed Socialist candidates. Kemp was immensley unpopular entering the election, and many had projections of Harkin beating him by a large margain.
Tom Harkin, Senator of Iowa, won the Socialists nomination. Many believed whoever won the Socialist nomination would go on to beat Kemp, no matter who he was, due to his massive unpopularity. Harkin chose Arkansas governor Bill Clinton as his Vice President, a strong opponent in the Socialist primaries. The Moderate Party endorsed Harkin for president.
The Progressives, who normally ran on the coattails of Socialists in presidential elections, made a rare move by putting forth it's own candidate, Senator Al Gore of Tennessee. Gore chose representative Dick Gephardt of Missouri to be his running mate. Kemp won more electoral votes than Gore, but Gore won more votes in the popular vote.
Kemp was the first incumbent president to come in third in the popular vote of a presidential election in the modern election era.
Gore's running mate, Dick Gephardt, was also Socialist Mario Cuomo's running mate in 1988.
The Socialists were hoping to capitalize on the abhoration of the American public to Jack Kemp in 1992.
Senator Tom Harkin, Iowa
Governor Bill Clinton, Arkansas
Governor Mario Cuomo, New York
Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Illinois
Former Senator Gary Hart, Colorado
The Moderates endorsed the Socialist's candidates. Harkin absolutely destroyed the other candidates, and easily won the Socialists' nomination.
The Progressives normally just endorsed the Socialist candidates for president, as stated before.
Senator Al Gore, Tennessee
Representative Dick Gephardt, Missouri
Senator Bob Kerrey, Nebraska
Lyndon LaRouche, Virginia
It was an easy primary victory for Gore, as his only real competition came from the weak Bob Kerrey. Incarcerated radical Lyndon LaRouche received no delegates.
Jack Kemp faced a stiff primary challenge from Ronald Reagan, and many Conservatives marooned the party for other fourth parties.
President Jack Kemp, New York
Vice President Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
Ronald Reagan, California
Pat Buchanan, Virginia
Jack Kemp was defeated in several primaries by Reagan, but still was able to get the Conservative's nomination. He was massively unpopular, however.
Tom Harkin won in a landslide, as there only close states were between him and Al Gore. Kemp was able to narrowly win a few states to give him more electoral votes than Gore, but Gore won more votes. Kemp is generally seen as one of the worst presidents in history.