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United States presidential election, 1976 (Pearson Wins)

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1972 US flag 48 stars  1980
United States presidential election, 1976
November 2, 1976
Gerald R. Ford 488px-JimmyCarterPortrait2
Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Robert Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 283 248
1976 266towin
Red states pledged toward Ford/Dole. Blue states pledged toward Carter/Mondale.
The United States presidential election of 1976 was the 48th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1976. The winner was a relative unknown with Jimmy Carter, former governor of Georgia, the Democratic candidate, over incumbent President Gerald Ford, the Republican candidate.

In the wake of President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974, President Ford faced intense opposition from his own party which was trending further right ever since the 1964 election. Prior to Nixon's impeachment, he appointed Ford as Vice President whom replaced Spiro Agnew when he resigned in the light of a scandal that implicated him in receiving illegal bribes when he was Governor of Maryland. Ford selected New York governor Nelson Rockefeller as his Vice President, with no intention of having him as a running mate in 1976. Opposition came in the form of former California governor Ronald Reagan, attempting to unite a faction of conservative members of the House and Senate in an effort to remove Ford from the nomination. The race was so close that Ford was not able to secure the nomination until the Party Convention. Ford held his own against Reagan and secured the nomination. Ford selected as his Vice President, Kansas Senator Robert Dole. Despite being saddled with a poor economy, the fall of South Vietnam, and being tied to the political legacy of Richard Nixon, he was able to successfully win Ohio and New York and the presidency. Carter, who was less well known than other Democratic hopefuls, ran as a Washington outsider and reformer. Ford narrowly won the election against Governor Carter.


  • Democratic National Convention: New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden)
  • Republican National Convention: Kansas City, MO (Kemper Arena)

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