1964 Presidential Election

1964 Election

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1.0 release includes everything except for the events. Later releases will clear up any typos, errors, or anything else I overlooked.

For the Democrats, LBJ is the clear frontrunner, but faces a challenge from George Wallace, a conservative Southern Democrat. Additionally, a few favorite son candidates hope to hold their state’s delegates. What-ifs include John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and Eugene McCarthy. Robert F. Kennedy is a VP option.

For the Republicans, the party sees two stronger challengers for the office: Conservative Barry Goldwater and moderate Nelson Rockefeller. Several other Republicans have an outside chance at taking the nomination from these two. What-if candidates include Richard Nixon.

Comments will be helpful in improving this scenario.

United States 1960 Election

The United States 1960 Election

Version 1.0 [download here: united-states-1960 ]

This campaign is as complete as the 1788-1956 scenarios, which means it will be update with further improvements, most specifically events, in the future. There are likely small errors that I missed in this inaugural version.

This election follows the relatively peaceful and prosperous presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, viewed by some as a rare progressive conservative.

Pres. Eisenhower reluctantly supports his VP, Richard Nixon, for his party’s nomination. However, the conservative Nixon has a challenger from the liberal Republican, Nelson Rockefeller, who give his wing of the party his name. Several minor candidates and a few what-if candidates are included.

The Democrats hope to take back the White House with four major candidates: Catholic Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, the New Deal-ing Texan Lyndon B. Johnson, two-time nominee Adlai Stevenson, and the liberal nominee Hubert Humphrey. Several minor candidates and a few what-if candidates are included.

A 3rd party of unpledged Democrats is included in the game.

Please report any inaccuracies, errors, and constructive criticism. Thanks.

2020 Presidential Election

2020 Presidential Election [Version 4.0]

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Version 4.0 released! [Events complete for the primaries and general election. Joe Biden is added as a candidate for the Democrats. Money has been set for the primary candidates. Events have been altered to decrease the chance of a consistent Republican landslide.]

This election takes place during a high tide of populist fervor in America. Donald Trump’s presidency has proven to be as controversial as his 2016 campaign. While his Midwestern base is exceptionally happy, he has mostly alienated Republicans in other regions. Meanwhile, Democrats struggle between reformist establishment figures and populist progressives leading the party. Both parties continue to struggle with making their voters happy, while maintaining the stability and order that the establishment of both parties think is required for American supremacy.

Despite challenges from all sides of the Republican Party, Donald Trump is still the clear front-runner; although, he’s facing impeachment and threats of eviction from his party. For Democrats, Elizabeth Warren is a narrow front-runner over Cory Booker.

This is version 1.0. Future version will include even more events, more candidates, and some fine tuning. The scenario will possibly be updated until Anthony creates the official 2020 version.

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270Soft Forum Users’ Scenario

270Soft Forum Users’ Scenario (2016)

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This election takes place during the high-tide of anti-establishment populism in America. As such, a diverse range of ideologies fight to become the primary platform for their party in the 2016 election. Can the more established front-runners avoid a convention battle defeat? Can the ultimate nominees inspire Americans to follow their vision to build a better America?

Democratic Candidates Include: 

Sen. Ramsey of PA, a centrist physician.

Rep. Perry of TN, a leader of the Religious Left

Rep. Faberge of WA, an activist and progressive

Rep. Sabolesky of AZ, former progressive journalist

Rep. Sunny of SC, Southern liberal promising sunny days ahead.

Mayor Newton of MA, Boston’s progressive mayor

Dr. As Na Cillini of NY, a moderate, anti-establishment figure

Prof. Emerson of TX, Harvard professor promoting progressivism in Texas

Republican Candidates include: 

Gov. Victor of TX, Reagan-conservative born of immigrant parents

Sen. Wilson of TX, centrist Republican battling a very conservative field

Sen. Green of KY, Libertarian-leaning conservative.

Sen. Hale of OH, very conservative senator drifting towards Libertarianism

Sen. Ackermann of AR, Rubio-like conservative from the South

Rep. Bachmann of AL, Tea Party Conservative and brother to Michelle Bachmann

Rev. Taylor of LA, notable fringe Catholic Minister wishing for a pre-1964 America

Mr. Kudelka of SC, wealthy CEO touting himself as the only anti-establishment candidate

[Note: All forum candidates are fictional. All similarities between them and users in the forum are coincidental.]

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2016 Election – Trump/Carson 3rd Party

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What if Trump and Carson do leave the Republican Party, taking half of their supporters with them? Does America slowly devolve into a one major party state?

Republicans nominate a moderate conservative, rather than resigning the party to radical members. The establishment has three months to convince Trump supporters to unite in order to prevent a Democratic 3rd term and avert the worst Republican defeat since LBJ crushed Goldwater in 1964.

The Democrats appear to have an easy victory, facing a split Republican Party. Can Clinton coast to a mandate or will she under perform due to a perceived easy win?

The Independent Party under Trump are composed of a hodge-podge of unhappy Republicans, independent conservatives and people that vote only for celebrities that they’ve heard of. They are tired of the establishment Republicans, and seem bent on dragging their former party down, rather than working with moderates to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning.

Could this election be the last of the Republican Party? Could it result in a new major party, several major parties, or leave one major party to dominate the country for elections to come?

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United States – 2016 (Trump) (2)

President Infinity 1788 Election

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This is the first election of the constitutional United States. In 1787, leading politicians among the states met to form a stronger Federal government. Originally, the intention was to amend the Articles of Confederation, but the committee did away with that document, replacing it with a more binding one.  The Federalist Papers, authored by Hamilton, Madison and Jay followed to rouse up support for the new government. Anti-Federalist Papers were also drafted and sent around to discourage centralization. However, those in favor of a stronger central government prevailed. (Note: This election took place through the Winter of 1788/1789, which is why it is sometimes called the election of 1788/89.)

The constitution called for an elected president chosen by electors. Each elector was given two votes. General George Washington, the president of the Constitutional Convention, was expected to get one vote from every elector. Therefore, the battle for VP was the primary issue in the first election.

A few states had not yet ratified the Constitution and, therefore, were unable to vote in the election. The most prominent state voided from the election was New York, which meant prominent men such as John Jay and George Clinton would have an uphill battle for the VP spot. North Carolina was a major Southern subtraction. Even with Rhode Island out of the picture, the map favored a New Englander, since Washington was from Virginia and the Vice President could not be from the same state as the president. As such, John Adams is the front runner for the spot.

However, Mr. Adams faces competition from John Jay, Robert H. Harrison, John Rutledge, John Hancock, George Clinton, Samuel Huntington, John Milton, James Armstrong, Benjamin Lincoln and Edward Telfair.

This election allows for many what-if scenarios:

  • What if the ancient Benjamin Franklin made a play for the electors first ballots? Even if Franklin doesn’t win, he could take enough votes away from Washington, that a strong VP candidate could get more ballots than Washington, making the VP candidate the President and Washington the VP.
  • What if Adams face more New England competition than just Hancock, Huntington and Lincoln? What if his famous cousin Samuel Adams and General Artemas Ward became candidates?
  • What if prominent Virginians ran with the idea of becoming VP if Franklin won the presidency? Could Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry or James Madison have any hope at becoming VP?
  • What if three prominent Pennsylvanians ran in the election? Imagine rabid anti-Constitutionalist William Maclay, Pro-Federalist financier Robert Morris or the compromising intellectual James Wilson as VP options.

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United States – 1788

President Infinity 1792 Election

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This election takes place as Washington’s first term as our first elected president is coming to an end. While he is still roundly popular, his administration, as well as the idea of a central government, is coming under fire by some notable political figures. Washington, while claiming to be independent, is clearly favoring the views of his Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, over the views of his Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson.

Hamilton’s views are favored among the coastal cities and throughout New England, while Jefferson’s views are strong in the rural South and West. In the US House of Representative, James Madison is clearly fashioning an anti-Administration party to combat Hamilton’s influence on Washington.

Despite the criticism, Washington is expected to win at least one vote from every elector. The real battle is for the VP vote. John Adams is up for reelection, but faces three anti-Administration politicians: George Clinton, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson. In reality, every candidate is actually running for president. Each elector gets two votes. The winner has the most votes, becoming president, while the second place candidate (assuming he is from a different state than the winner) becomes VP. As such, Jefferson cannot become VP if Washington becomes president, as they are both from Virginia.

This election allows for many what-if scenarios:

  • What if Washington faces competition for the first ballot of the electors? These candidates are Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, John Jay, Richard Henry Lee, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Hancock.
  • What if more candidates aimed for the second ballot “VP” votes? These candidates are Artemas Ward , Samuel Huntington, John Rutledge, C. C. Pinckney, Robert Morris, William Maclay and James Wilson.
  • What if “VP candidates” John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and George Clinton aimed to take on Washington for the the first “presidential ballot”?

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United States – 1792

President Infinity 1796 Election

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General Washington has decided to step down after two terms in office. His legacy at the time was somewhat mixed, but few dared to be too public in their criticism.  The Jay Treaty, the Banking System and the response to the French Revolution were seen as controversial. However, he maintained the peace and placed the country on a good financial backing.

With Washington out of the picture, several prominent men attempted to succeed him. The two major names were incumbent VP John Adams and the former Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson. Both men had opposing views on governing. Adams inclined to Alexander Hamilton’s views of a strong national government; although, he was much moderate than Hamilton. Jefferson followed James Madison’s lead in opposing legislation the strengthened the government needlessly, but Jefferson was much less moderate than Madison, and emerged as the leader of this party of thought. Other leading candidates for the presidency include Sen. Aaron Burr, Fmr Gov. Thomas Pinckney, Gov. Samuel Adams, Fmr Gov. George Clinton, Gov. John Jay and more.

This election operates under the original system for election. All the candidates are running for president. Each elector gets two votes to select two separate men. The candidate with the most votes becomes president and the president with the second most votes (provided he is not from the same state as the winner) becomes vice president.

This election allows for many what-if scenarios:

  • What if George Washington ran for a 3rd term? He was not assured a unanimous vote if he had.
  • What if Alexander Hamilton tried to follow his mentor into the White House?
  • What if Washington’s friend, financier Robert Morris ran?
  • What if James Madison ran as the voice of change?
  • What if James Monroe, the favorite of conservatives, ran?

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United States – 1796

President Infinity 1800 Election

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America is nearly at war with Revolutionary France, after that country has been harassing American ships and meddling in our domestic political affairs. Anti-French sentiment is high, but many are vehemently opposed to President Adams’s Alien & Sedition Acts, aimed to deal with internal threats to our security. Federalists consider the measure necessary for security, but Republicans believe it is in place to quell political criticism of the Federalists. War with France looks very likely. The Republicans, traditional fans of France, have begun to cool in their opinion of that country, but they do not want war. High Federalists, believing Britain to be a natural cousin and ally, want war with France. However, Federalist President John Adams and moderate Federalists want peace.

Other major issues are expanded suffrage, Barbary Pirates and the size of the military. Jefferson wants to expand suffrage, attack the pirates, but decrease the size of the military. Adams wants to keep suffrage where it is, pay off the pirates (since they navy is small) and increase the size of the military.

This election differs from later elections in that every candidate is a presidential candidate. Every elector gets two votes to select their #1 and #2 candidate. The man with the most electoral votes after all electors have cast their two ballots becomes president and the man with the second most votes (as long as he’s from a different state than the first place candidate) becomes VP.

The Federalists select three candidates for the presidency, all moderates: Incumbent President John Adams, South Carolina General Charles Coatesworth Pinckney and former Chief Justice John Jay. The strategy is for Adams to receive one vote from every elector choosing a Federalist candidate and then for those same electors to vote for either Pinckney or Jay. This would give Adams the most votes in his party, and would make him president if he gains more EVs than a Republican candidate.

The Republicans fielded only two candidates, which is problematic, since this means one Republican elector will have to vote for a Federalist in order to prevent a tie between the two Republican candidates. Last election’s nominee, and sitting VP, Thomas Jefferson is the preferred choice for Republicans, while former New York Senator Aaron Burr is the preferred running mate.

This election allow for many what-if scenarios:

  • What if more major figures jumped into the election? These include: Federalist leader Alexander Hamilton, financier Robert Morris, elitist Gouverneur Morris, ambassador Rufus King, General Henry Lee, neo-High Federalist Fisher Ames, revolutionary Samuel Adams, Northern Republican leader George Clinton, gerrymandering Elbridge Gerry, Republican Party architect James Madison, conservative Republican James Monroe.

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United States – 1800

President Infinity 1804 Election

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This election follows Thomas Jefferson’s tremendously popular first term, which included the Louisiana Purchase as a capstone. His popularity was such that the Federalist Party faded into a regional party. This election is the first election in which the parties fielded tickets with a President and Vice President. Previous election had all the candidates run for president with the runner up becoming vice president, regardless of their political affiliation.

For Republicans (later called Democratic-Republicans), Jefferson is the unanimous choice. As much as some Northern Republicans and some extremely conservative Republicans may have felt about Jefferson, they did not attempt to block him from the nomination.

The Federalists realizing that they needed to win votes outside of the Northeast, have selected the popular Revolutionary War general, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South Carolina, as their candidate.

There was not a 3rd party in this election.

This election allows for some what-if scenarios:

  • What if the Hamilton-Burr duel never occurred? Aaron Burr is an option for the Republicans and Alexander Hamilton for the Federalists.
  • What if Jefferson faces some competition from George Clinton, Elbridge Gerry and James Madison?
  • What if Chief Justice John Marshall, John Jay, Governeur Morris and Henry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee) challenged Pinckney for the Federalist ticket?
  • What if former President John Adams ran for the presidency four years after having lost his reelection bid against Jefferson?

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United States – 1804