In the presidential election of 1968, Republican Richard Nixon faced off against Democrat Hubert Humphrey and American Independent Party candidate George Wallace. Humphrey had won the Democratic nomination after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, but Nixon took the national election.
Republican Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter for the presidency. Reagan’s campaign was aided by the poor economy and Carter’s failure to successfully put an end to the Iranian hostage crisis.
Bill Clinton was re-elected president over Republican nominee Bob Dole and Reform Party candidate Ross Perot. Though Republicans had attacked Clinton on moral issues, the President’s handling of the economy helped him capture 379 electoral votes to Dole’s 159.