1976 Republican Party presidential primaries

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Republican Party presidential primaries, 1976

← 1972 January 19 to June 8, 1976 1980 →

2,259 delegates to the Republican National Convention
1,130 votes needed to win
  Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo.jpg Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho Del Cielo 1976.jpg
Candidate Gerald Ford Ronald Reagan
Home state Michigan California
Delegate count 1,121[1] 1,078[1]
Contests won 17 11
Popular vote 5,529,899 4,760,222
Percentage 53.3% 45.9%

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First place finishes by convention roll call

Previous Republican nominee

Richard Nixon

Republican nominee

Gerald Ford

The 1976 Republican presidential primaries were how voters of the Republican Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1976 U.S. presidential election.

Current President Gerald Ford was selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses which was held in the 1976 Republican National Convention. It was held from August 16 to August 19, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri. The 1976 primary was the first Republican primary to hold primaries in every state, the Democrats held the first nationwide primary in 1972.

Nominees[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Based on Time Magazine estimate prior to the 1976 convention; both candidates were short of the needed 1,130 delegates. "Another Loss For the Gipper." CNN AllPolitics "Back in TIME" series. Retrieved 2016-03-24.