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|‹ 1972 1980 › ›|
|United States presidential election, 1976|
|November 2, 1976|
|Nominee||Henry M. Jackson||Ronald Reagan|
|Running mate||Walter Mondale||Richard Schweiker|
|Yellow denotes states won by Jackson-Mondale; Yellow denotes states won by Reagan-Schweiker|
President before election
Hubert H. Humphrey
Henry M. Jackson
The 1976 Presidential election was contested on November _, 1976 to elect a President of the United States, held concurrently with elections to the full U.S. House of Representatives and 22 seats of the United States Senate. Incumbent Socialist President Hubert H. Humphrey was term-limited and thus unable to seek the nomination once more. After a grueling primary against Vice President Ed Muskie of Maine, the Socialists nominated moderate Washington Senator Henry M. Jackson for the Presidency. On the Democratic side, there was a contentious primary amongst several prominent politicians jockeying for the potential Presidency after the 1974 midterm landslides that handed the Democrats control of the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time since the 1940s. The primary was eventually won by Ronald Reagan, the conservative Governor of California, in a floor fight at the convention against moderate Connecticut Governor George Bush. In a narrow electoral win, Jackson defeated Reagan to be elected President and the Socialists regained control of the Senate.
Democratic Party Primary
After a long primary against Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, Senator Bob Dole of Kansas and Governor George Bush of Connecticut, the nomination was won by California Governor Ronald Reagan.