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|United States presidential election, 2016|
|November 8, 2016|
|Nominee||Joe Biden||Mike Huckabee||George Pataki|
|Home state||Delaware||Arkansas||New York|
|Running mate||Narciso Agúndez Montaño||Ted Cruz||Evan McMullin|
|Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Biden/Montaño, Red denotes states won by Huckabee/Cruz, Orange denotes states won by Pataki/McMullin. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.|
The United States Presidential Election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election.
The major issues of an economic slump, immigration, social rights, and the war and occupation in the Middle East led to the rise of extremist, populist, and reformist movements. The incumbent president, Mike Huckabee of the Nationalist Party, ran for re-election to a second term. Within the party, Huckabee's support base was the faction that was both economically and socially conservative, with opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, as well religious conservative. The Nationalist Party's split between this faction and the others who were socially progressive or liberal had been an issue to the party for the decades. The 2016 election finally led to the party splitting, with the new Union Party being formed. The Union Party's candidate to the presidency is George Pataki, former Governor of New York. After initial considering to run within the Republican Party, businessman Carl Icahn decided to run an independent campaign.
With the conservative vote split, the Liberal Party hoped to cruise to an easy victory behind their presumed candidate Hillary Rodham, but she soon became the center of several controversies and scandals. Rodham's main opponent in the election became Joe Biden, the vice president of Morgan Freeman. On the final day of caucuses Biden won another delegates to become the presumptive nominee to the presidency, later choosing the governor of Baja California, Narciso Agúndez Montaño, as his running mate.
Third parties and other independent presidential candidates will also contest the election, with two parties obtaining enough ballot access to win the presidency: the Libertarian Party with its nominee of Rand Paul, and the Green Party with its candidate of Jill Stein.
Due to the conservative vote being split, Joe Biden would cruise to victory in the election, earning well over the electoral votes necessary to win the election. Biden would win 25 states and DC, while incumbent Huckabee winning 10 states for 120 electoral votes and Pataki winning 10 states for only 46 electoral votes.