Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in a closer-than-expected race, in 2016. The race came down to razor-thin margins in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Following their defeat, many Republicans attempted a purge of “Trumpism”. Clinton’s presidency has been marked by partisan divide, and disillusionment with politics. The Democratic Party faced record breaking defeats in the 2018-midterms, with the Republican gain the House being stronger then their performance even in 2010. Purportedly, Clinton started her re-election campaign before the 2018-midterms, and has prepared for a long, and tough battle. Many Republicans have clamored at the prospects of defeating Clinton, but the field is wide and divided – Can Clinton defeat the divided Republican Party or will they find a candidate who can defeat her?
Republican, and then Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio won in 2016, in a contested and tight election against Hillary Clinton. Both Rubio and Clinton faced divisive primaries, with Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders respectively representing the growing populist agenda of the American electorate. The Democratic Party has seemingly broken out into civil war, not seen since 1968. Many Sanders supporters see the Democratic Primaries in 2016 as plainly unfair, and resentment has been rising. Can Sanders himself win the Democratic Party, or will the moderate wing of the party, weakened by the retirement of Biden following a series of strokes, be able to defeat him? – Regardless, Rubio has been a popular President with his base, as well as being the youngest Republican President since Teddy Roosevelt. Rubio will be well positioned for a re-match, but growing divisiveness, and the surge of Covid-19 will make for a tight, and intense election.
President Gerald Ford was narrowly elected in 1976, and since then has been President during an economic stagnation. Can the Republicans hold on, and if they do, will it be at the cost of Reagan becoming the nominee? The Democrats have finally secured Teddy Kennedy for the nomination, but can Kennedy do it? You decide.
This is an alternate-history campaign, where President John Kerry faces re-election.
Background: John Kerry narrowly won the Presidency in 2004, despite not winning the popular vote, due to a surprise, and narrow victory in Ohio. John Kerry’s presidency starts with relatively high hopes, due to him promising a peace deal in Iraq, by 2006. Kerry’s presidency quickly falls into disaster, and he proves to be the most unpopular president since Jimmy Carter. The Republican Party is home to an close primary due to the high likelihood of a Republican victory in 2008, and Ralph Nader is once again back, this time trying to rely on the populism of 2008, to propel his left-wing campaign.
Can Kerry and Edwards avoid the fate of Carter and Mondale, and win re-election?