", Kerry and Edwards faced incumbents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney of the Republican Party in the 2004 presidential election. The 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois was held on November 2, 2004. Several states and territories canceled their respective Republican primaries altogether, citing Bush being the only candidate to qualify on their respective ballot, including Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi, New York, Puerto Rico, and South Dakota. Obama succeeded in obtaining the support of three of the state's largest and most active member unions: AFSCME, SEIU, and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Only Dean and Kucinich firmly questioned the aims and tactics of the administration, setting themselves apart in the eyes of war protesters. In total, Dean spent nearly $40 million in the two states. John McCain, Senator from Arizona, was the Republican nominee who ran against Obama in 2008. Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. This is the first time a candidate from either party won the presidency without carrying a single Northeastern state. On March 16, 2004, Obama won the Democratic primary by an unexpected landslide—receiving 53% of the vote, 29% ahead of his nearest Democratic rival, with a vote total that nearly equaled that of all eight Republican candidates combined—which overnight made him a rising star in the national Democratic Party, started speculation about a presidential future, and led to the reissue of his memoir, Dreams from My Father. That's what we suspect has happened. The Obama campaign energized voters. The primaries and general elections coincided with those for federal offices (president and House), as well as those for state offices. All ten electors in the state cast ballots for John Edwards for vice president (John Edwards's name was spelled correctly on all ballots for vice president). The Illinois Republican State Central Committee chose former diplomat Alan Keyes to replace Ryan as the Republican candidate after former governor Jim Edgar, state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, and former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka declined to run. This advanced the suggestion that Kerry would pay more attention to domestic concerns; it also encapsulated Kerry's contention that Bush had alienated American allies by his foreign policy. George W. Bush. Howard Dean was a strong front-runner. His campaign focused on themes of leadership and patriotism; early campaign advertisements relied heavily on biography. Obama formally announced his candidacy on January 21, 2003, Representatives from the Democratic Party had sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan asking for the UN to monitor the elections. In sheer numbers, John Kerry had fewer endorsements than Dean, who was far ahead in the superdelegate race going into the Iowa caucuses in January 2004. This ", Kerry would later state that "the widespread irregularities make it impossible to know for certain that the [Ohio] outcome reflected the will of the voters."  He would later change his party affiliation to Democratic and run in that party's 2016 presidential primaries.. The primaries and general elections coincided with those for federal offices (president and House), as well as those for state offices. By comparison, only a quarter lived in such counties in 1976. Clark won the Democratic Presidential Primary in Oklahoma, the only state carried by Clark in the primary election. The Chicago Tribune published a scathing editorial, calling him "[t]he GOP's rent-a-senator" and sarcastically listing basic facts about local geography for a candidate they suspected had no familiarity with the area: "Keyes may have noticed a large body of water as he flew into O'Hare. During the campaign and as the results came in on the night of the election there was much focus on Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  A few days later, on April 2, 2004, Barack Obama changed his position about the Ryans' soon-to-be-released divorce records, and called on Democrats to not inject them into the campaign. ", On the radio program, Keyes explained that his refusal to congratulate Obama was "not anything personal," but was meant to make a statement against "extend[ing] false congratulations to the triumph of what we have declared to be across the line." Kucinich and Sharpton continued to run despite poor results at the polls. 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Iraq permitted UN weapon inspectors in November 2002, who were continuing their work to assess the WMD claim when the Bush administration decided to proceed with war without UN authorization and told the inspectors to leave the country. And we'll spoil the surprise: You can't even see across it. The Obama-Keyes race was one of the first to be called on Election Day, November 2, 2004. Senator Lincoln Chafee from Rhode Island considered challenging Bush on an anti-war platform in New Hampshire, but decided not to run after the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. On September 17, 2003, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Clark announced his intention to run in the presidential primary election for the Democratic Party nomination, becoming the tenth and last Democrat to do so (coming many months after the others): "My name is Wes Clark. However, Kerry won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, which gave him enough momentum to carry the majority of the rest of the states. Previously, television advertisements only required a written "paid for by" disclaimer on the screen. This recount was completed December 28, 2004, although on January 24, 2007, a jury convicted two Ohio elections officials of selecting precincts to recount where they already knew the hand total would match the machine total, thereby avoiding having to perform a full recount. I can't do this. As a result, several states had a different number of electors in the U.S. Bush's popularity rose as a wartime president, and he was able to ward off any serious challenge to the Republican nomination. Although in percentage terms it was the closest popular margin ever for a victorious sitting president, Bush received 2.5% more than Kerry. In those files, Jeri Ryan alleged that Jack Ryan had taken her to sex clubs in several cities, intending for them to have sex in public.  On March 29, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider ruled that several of the Ryans' divorce records should be opened to the public, and ruled that a court-appointed referee would later decide which custody files should remain sealed to protect the interests of Ryan's young child. The previous record was held by Republican. When Mr Obama left the White House, Republican Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States in 2016. ", "Polls: Kerry Got Little Bounce from Boston", "2004 Democratic Primary Election Events Timeline", No Democratic candidate gets 50 percent in online primary, United States presidential primaries and caucuses, List of candidates by number of primary votes, Graduated Random Presidential Primary System, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2004_Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries&oldid=985884694, 2004 United States Democratic presidential primaries, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Source: Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, Health Care/Medicine (28% of Respondents), This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 14:49. One Minnesota elector voted for Edwards for both president and vice president.