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Following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew on October 1973, Gerald R. Ford was nominated by President Nixon to become the 40th Vice President of the United States. However, Nixon resigned on August 1974 after losing public support over the Watergate scandal and Ford automatically became the 38th President of the United States. Ford is the only person who served as both Vice President and President without being elected to either office. He served as President from August 1974 to January 1977 with Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York as his Vice President. He was loved by the public and easily won the Republican Party's nomination in the 1976 presidential election. Ford’s opponent was the Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter and he lost the election with 241 electoral votes to Carter’s 297 votes.