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The 1976 U.S. Presidential election was unique in that one candidate, incumbent President Gerald Ford, was the first person to be appointed to both the vice-presidency and later, presidency. Gerald Ford served as Vice-President following Spiro Agnew's resignation, from December 1973 to August 1974, and became President when Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. The Democratic Party nominated Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer who served as Georgia State Senator, and Governor of Georgia, as their candidate to run against Ford. Following the Watergate scandal, Ford faced opposition even from within his own party, challenged for the Republican Party's nomination by former California Governor Ronald Reagan.
Carter ran as an outsider in the general election, painting himself as untainted by recent political scandals. The electoral vote was the closest since 1916, but Carter ultimately prevailed, becoming the 39th President of the United States.