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?