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THE PRESIDENT FORD COMMITTEE JAMES A BARKER III CHAIRMAN ROYSTON C HUGHES TREASURER
The 1976 United States presidential race was between Democrat Jimmy Carter with running mate Walter Mondale and incumbent Gerald Ford with running mate Bob Dole. Ford was the first president to take the office without being elected. He was first appointed vice president following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, vice president to Richard Nixon, after a scandal. Ford, who was the speaker of the house, was next in line to take the position. Then in 1974, the infamous Watergate Scandal happened and President Richard Nixon resigned. Gerald Ford rejected many candidates for his running mate and ended up choosing conservative Republican senator Bob Dole. The Republican pairing lost the election with 240 electoral votes to Jimmy Carter’s and Walter Mondale’s 297.