Alternative History

The United States Presidential election of 2004 pitted incumbent Democratic President Al Gore against a Republican challenger.

The Republicans were determined to win back the White House after twelve years of Democratic rule. Among the candidates who sought the nomination were:

  • Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado
  • Senator George Allen of Virginia
  • Governor George Pataki of New York
  • Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush of Florida
  • Former Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania

Texas Governor George W. Bush declined to run.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who lost the nomination to Bush in 2000, decided not to run again.

Senator Allard won the Iowa Caucus and was the front runner for the first few months of the campaign, before being overtaken by Bush. Ridge won the New Hampshire primary but Bush's victories in Florida and California gave his campaign a boost. Allen dropped out after losing the Virginia primary to Bush, and Pataki dropped out after a disappointing performance, in the New York primary, though he won over Bush and Ridge by a narrow margin.

At the Republican convention, at which his brother was the keynote speaker, Jeb Bush was nominated for President. Bush chose as his running mate Lamar Alexander, who had been former president George H. W. Bush's Secretary of Education.

President Gore and Vice President Lieberman were re-nominated by the Democratic convention.

Electoral College result:

Gore/Lieberman: 252

Bush/Alexander: 286

Popular Vote result

Bush/Alexander: 51%

Gore/Lieberman: 48%